Summer Dining at River Café London

July 26, 2013

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Last night we checked out River Café on the north bank of the Thames, a London favorite for over 25 years. The food is upscale Italian and the vibe in informal and fun. We were lucky enough to sit outside and had an enjoyable and delicious meal. Before we left for the restaurant, I went online to check out their menu, as I always do, and had a few amazing-sounding things in mind that I wanted to order. As it turns out, River Café changes their menu twice a day (for lunch and dinner), so I was surprised with a different and equally amazing-sounding menu. Check out some of my favorite dishes:

IMG 2631 e1374843357244 Summer Dining at River Café London{ Mozzarella di Bufala with shaved courgette and mint }

This was so light and refreshing! The cheese wasn’t burrata, but it was so creamy and fresh it almost tasted like it. The olive oil was really rich and tied it all together. I also like how the mozzarella ball was just torn in half in a rustic style. The courgette was a nice change from the usual green salad. I recently made a shaved courgette salad at home and am now obsessed with it. It’s really easy to make and tastes almost like pasta. I loved the mint and the heavy hand of cracked pepper. Is there a salad more summer perfect?

IMG 2635 e1374843778639 Summer Dining at River Café London{ Gnocchi di Patate with cherry tomatoes, basil and Scottish langoustines }

This very well may be the best gnocchi I’ve ever had. It was fluffy and cloud-like and not the least bit heavy. The seafood sauce and sweet cherry tomatoes were also light, but with vibrant flavors in a traditional Tuscan style. Upon raving about the dish our waitress informed us that they are known for their special recipe. The chefs are able to keep the potato gnocchi so light because they don’t add any flour to the recipe, only lightly dusting the outside at the finish. Brilliant.

IMG 2639 e1374844177785 Summer Dining at River Café London{ Summer Pudding with Valpolicella & Crème Fraiche }

Having just moved to London, I have to admit this was the first Summer Pudding I have ever tried. I’ve seen it on menus throughout the city, but never ordered it until now. It is sort of like a soaked bread pudding, but with lots of juicy, tart berries and red wine. Delightful. I will definitely be trying to recreate this in my kitchen. It’s a quintessentially British end to the meal.

River Café
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road
London W6 9HA
http://www.rivercafe.co.uk/

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