April may be well-known for those April showers, but it’s also that time of the year when you get to enjoy the many amazing offers in conjunction with Bookatable’s Feast on London, which celebrates London’s culinary heritage with hand-picked deals at top restaurants around the capital.
I’ve always loved being by the water and have always wanted to dine at one of the restaurant boats moored along the River Thames. Hence, what better time than the present to seize the opportunity to dine at The Yacht. Just a stone’s throw away from Temple station and strategically moored along the Victoria Embankment, it certainly boasts stunning panoramic views of the of London landmarks along the River Thames.
We were extremely lucky with the weather that day, when the sun finally broke through the clouds after yet another spell of dreary rainy weather.
The restaurant ambience was warm and welcoming, with bright natural sunlight flooding in through the glass windows. We were seated by the window which offers prime views of the surrounding areas, and I can imagine this to be a popular destination to visit on a warm summer’s day. The kitchen is headed up by Head Chef Dumitri Fercal whose cooking brings together classic British dishes with European twists, utilising the finest regionally sourced produce.
Glasses of prosecco were swiftly whisked to our table whilst we perused the menu which had us salivating after a productive morning outdoors in the sunshine.
I ordered the citrus marinated prawns which were really fresh and juicy, served with chopped red chilli that added a nice touch of spice, complemented by a sweet and refreshing mango salsa. This was topped with Avruga caviar, a caviar substitute that although lacking the burst of juicy flavour of some true caviar, still had a nice texture, with a hint of smokiness and slight notes of lemon. The smoked haddock chowder was warm and comforting, with firm yet tender chunks of haddock and bacon crisps, served with some toast for dipping.
The rabbit roulade immediately caught my attention, and it tasted just as good as I had expected. The meat was as tender and meaty, served with roasted leek, toasted hazelnuts that added some crunch and texture, a smooth and flavoursome smoked garlic puree and a dark chocolate and chilli reduction. There was also some crispy chicken skin that was really tasty, although I thought that it could have been a bit crunchier. The chicken breast supreme was just as hearty and flavoursome, accompanied by a spinach emulsion, sweet potato mash and a tarragon sauce. Both dishes were delicious and I love how generous they were with their portion sizes.
Last but not least, a couple of desserts to end the meal on a sweet note. Even though I’m usually tempted to order the dark chocolate fondant (because who doesn’t love some oozey chocolate porn?), we eventually decided to go for the more summery options to share between us. I was particularly craving a tart that day and the lemon tart was just what I needed, with a buttery, crumbly base and a good level of citrus lemon flavour. This was topped off with some indulgent burnt meringue, the sweetness offset by the sharpness from the lemon jelly and the fresh blackberries. The white chocolate and wild berry iced parfait was not too sweet and definitely an ideal option for the warmer days ahead of us.
This Feast on London offer at The Yacht which includes 3 courses & a glass of prosecco is available to book for lunch (Wednesday – Sunday) & dinner (Wednesday – Saturday) until 30th April 2019, subject to availability. You can find out more information and book via the Bookatable website. And in the meantime, why not take some time to browse plenty more of these good-valued Feast on London offers on their website – you’ll definitely be spoilt for choice.