After over 27 years of my lovely Mother treating me to many a London show it’s only fair that I can now return the favour. For this occasion we were celebrating my Mother’s Birthday and just generally being an amazing woman. For our evening we were doubling up on the treats starting with dinner at the Sea Containers restaurant in the Mondrian Hotel.
The restaurant has been open just over two years now but I’d yet to have the chance to head down. The interior is just amazing, and was the brainchild of one of my favourites, Tom Dixon’s design company Design Research studio who have been involved in places such as Shoreditch House and Barbecoa in the past. On my wish list are Tom’s beautiful lighting designs, love a bit of copper in the flat.
Anyway moving on, so the restaurant is stunning right on the waterfront, make sure to allow time to explore the bar next door, Dandelyan and if you’re there any day apart from Sunday or Monday you’ll find the Rumpus Room bar open upstairs.
The restaurant is pretty large so you should have no problem finding a table, as we were there on a Monday evening and pre-theatre it was rather quiet but the ambience was still great and you didn’t feel like you were on your tod. It meant we had a great seat on the waterfront watching the world go by.
We looked at the A La Carte Menu but in the end went for the very reasonably priced ‘Taste of Autumn Set menu‘. This came to two courses and a glass of bubbly for £25, bargain and it runs everyday before 5pm and then after 5pm from Sunday – Wednesday.
The joys of going with an Almond (or my Lawrence) means we always go halves, so get to try many more dishes. We started with the butternut squash soup, which had the added surprise of medjool dates speckled throughout, lovely winter warmer. The second dish was the Venison carpaccio, covered in chopped beetroot, pine nuts and cress giving it a really nice texture.
Mains were decent sized portions, starting with a large roasted cod on an even larger pile of braised puy lentils. Decent dish. Then the final one was the Hanger steak with carrots and bone marrow gratin. The steak was incredibly tender, after a rather disappointing trip to Hawksmoor previously this won hands down and for such great value. Neither of us are massive bone marrow fans, so the gratin was a little excessive.
Seeing as we were heading to the theatre and a few glasses of wine / bubbles down we passed on the desserts. We had a really great waitress and she’d picked up on a few comments and emerged with a lovely Birthday pudding especially for Mum. Very attentive and great service!
Pleasantly full, we strolled along the river to the next Birthday treat, the first preview night of the hotly anticipated Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. No doubt many of you will have seen the lovely Ruth Wilson plastered all over the tube advertising the new show. Mum was familiar with the story having gone with her Dad back in the day, but this is a rewritten modern adaptation of it and was great.
It’s quite an intense story and a soulful performance from all the cast based around the story of a rather disturbed, bored housewife. If you get chance to book tickets I would highly recommend, it’s on until 21st March and is bound to get rave reviews when they have the critic night. Ruth Wilson is incredible in it and after her character in The Affair she is an obvious choice for this role.
It was a lovely evening just the two of us and hopefully Mum had a lovely Birthday!