Reviewed August 2, 2004   »   |     

The People's Palace

Level 3, Royal Festival Hall, South Bank - London, England
The gargantuan picturesque windows that offer a striking view of London and the River Thames sets the table for a good meal as you enter the restaurant. Head chef Guy Bossom manages to deliver a decent Modern-British meal that doesn't empty your wallet. If prices were just a tad cheaper, this restaurant would've been awarded noteworthy value as well.

The starters, ranging from £6.50-9, are nothing to bat an eye at. The mains, however, are a different story: the Roast Salmon (£14.75) and the Lamb Rump Aubergine (£16.75) are two mains that will satisfy, both with decent portions and taste. Different wines are appropriately suggested to complement each entree on the menu, but they don't come cheap; the Pinot Noir Kim Crawford (from New Zealand, £6.50 a glass) was recommended for the Roast Salmon, and the Rioja "La Vendima" Palacios Remondo (from Spain, £5.50 a glass) was recommended for the Lamb Rump.

The dessert not to be missed is the Peach & Orange Creme Brulee (£5.95 for any dessert), a succulent concoction that will pacify even the most demanding dessert aficionado. I'm admittedly partial towards a good Creme Brulee, but the fruit really gave it an extra kick in sweetness.

Conclusion: When you visit the London Eye, it's a great place to eat once you get there. Overall, the ambience was light and contemporary, casual with class yet relaxed. Just a great restaurant to go to.


out of 5.0


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