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erinb Sep 24th, 2003 09:24 PM

Great Last Night Restaurant In London!
hi all,

I am posting this seperately because I wanted to make a recommendation to all who are going to london.

One of our problems was finding a really good restaurant for our last night celebration. We had some suggestins, but things just weren't clicking.

We knew we wanted to spend it at a restaurant with a view, possibly on the river thames, but I had a real problem forking out 70 pds per person for a river dinner cruise when the menus were so bad. (they are...god!)

Then someone on this board made a recommendation for Hispaniola Restaurant. At first, I was thinking spanish food, and I just kind of passed it. Then a second recommendation for that restaurant came out during some of my research and I decided to check on it.

Hispaniola Restaurant is a moored stationary boat restaurant on the river Thames at Victoria Embankment. It services lunch and dinner, has a piano bar and parties or groups. It boasts a great view of the abbey and st pauls and views across the river.

What finally settled it...their prices and has something for everyone who wants a reasonable nite out! Now if you are looking cheap cheap of course this is not...but moderately expensive it is!

Look at this menu! Not only does it have a great selection a la carte, but it also has several set menus under 30 pounds.

I just don't think I have seen anything this wonderful and moderate anywhere else and I wanted to share it with all.

Hispaniola's Restaurant Menu

Pan-fried duck foie gras flambeed with Calvados and caramelised apple £8.75
Griddled goat cheese with spicy aubergine and potato gallette V £4.75
Field mushroom filled with spinach glazed with Cayenne Hollandaise V £4.25
Rucola salad with croutons, Parmesan shavings and lemon vinaigrette V £4.25
Gateau of caviar of aubergine with tomato and basil sauce ---- Vegan ---- V £5.55
Cream of vegetable soup of the day V £4.25
Saffron mussel and Parmesan risotto £5.25
Parfait of salmon tartare with sour cream, capers, gherkins, ginger and lime £4.75
Rosette of Loch Fyne smoked salmon with lime segment £7.25

Main Courses:
Roast Guinea fowl with Griotte cherries and thyme jus £14.75
Côte de boeuf écossaise with chunky chips and Béarnaise sauce (for two people) £25.85
Grilled Dutch calves liver with crushed potatoes, cracked pepper and crispy pancetta £15.75
Oven cooked beef fillet with melted Stilton and red wine jelly £17.25
Rack of lamb with a rich Madeira sauce and Dauphinoise potatoes £18.75
Medallion of pork with tarragon cream sauce £14.75
Linguine with chilli, tricolour peppers and basil oil V £12.75
Saffron and Parmesan risotto V £12.75
Wild mushroom strogonoff V £12.75
Steamed fillet of halibut Nantua £16.75
Roast whole seabass with a warm basil and tomato vinaigrette £18.75
Roast fillet of cod, creamy potatoes, ginger and sorrel sauce £13.75
Catch of the day ---- ask your waiter for details ---- P.O.A. £0.00

Lemon tart £6.75
Chocolate rum mousse £6.75
Rich sticky toffee cake with creamy toffee sauce £6.75
Apple crumble with vanilla sauce £6.75
Raspberry and almond tart £6.75
Crème brulée £6.75
Poached pear in cinnamon red wine £6.75
V = vegetarian. Dairy products can be withheld to create a vegan dish.

Rio Latino Menu
Welcome drink:
Mojito clásico
the classic Cuban cocktail ? Havana Club, cane sugar, fresh mint, freshly-squeezed lime juice
Coctel de gambas y aquacate con ensalada verde y salsa Maria-Rosada
A cocktail of prawns and avocado on a bed of green salad with a Marie-Rose sauce
Main Course:
Pollo de Granja con arroz de coco y salsa de tomate
Supreme of corn-fed free-range chicken with tomato salsa and fragrant coconut-cream Basmati
Tarta de limón verde y jengibre
Lime and ginger tart with a thin crust of pâte sable served with Bourbon vanilla-scented Chantilly cream and a strawberry fan
To finish:
Café y chocolate
Coffee and chocolates
£48 per person

inclusive of a half-bottle of house wine, Torres Sangre de Toro or Viña Sol
The price includes VAT @ 17.5%. Service is discretionary but a suggested gratuity of 12.5% is added to the bill.

Buffet Menus
Buffet Menu I @ £23.50 per person
Cold Selection
Plum tomatoes and Mozzarella salad with balsamic vinegar
Rocket and red chard salad with mixed herbs vinaigrette
Slices of honey roast ham with pickled onions and gherkins

Hot Selection
Pot-roast free-range chicken with braised Savoy cabbage and Shitake mushroom bouillon
Stir-fried vegetable egg noodles
Steamed new potatoes

Lemon tartlet
Sticky toffee pudding

Buffet Menu II @ £27.50 per person
Cold Selection
Fillet of Scottish salmon baked with Cajun spice
Terrine of wild duck with Cumberland sauce
Baby spinach salad with beetroot herb vinaigrette

Hot Selection
Pancake of wild mushrooms glazed with Stilton
Loin of pork with apple sauce and Calvados
French beans
Dauphinoise potatoes

Poached pear in red wine
Creme brulee

Buffet Menu III @ £39.50 per person
Cold Selection
Pyramid of Mediterranean prawns in a scallop ice sculpture
Whole dressed poached salmon with Marie-Rose, Tartare and Mayonnaise sauces
Salad of smoked goose fillet with rocket salad and walnut dressing

Hot Selection
Carved roast Scottish rib of beef with Yorkshire pudding and horseradish sauce
Roast saddle of Welsh lamb with rosemary
Roast parsley potatoes
Creamy French beans
Thyme julienne of carrots

Farmhouse Stilton, brie and cheddar with celery and grapes
Warm chocolate tartlet with creme fraiche
Strawberries and Chantilly cream

Set Menus
Set Menu A @ £23.50 per person
Goat cheese with aubergine caviar, mushroom and tomato coulis
Smoked duck on a bed of green beans, herb dressing

Main Course
Crispy loin of pork with prune and Armagnac
Pan-fried escalope of salmon with a sorrel sauce

Belgian chocolate mousse with Cuban rum
Lemon tart

Set Menu B @ £27.50 per person
Sautéed quail tossed with lamb lettuce and raspberry vinaigrette
Prawn and endive in a basil cream with a puff pastry crescent

Main Course
Pot-roast free-range poussin, tarragon and tomato cream
Pan-fried fillet of sea bass with a ginger and lime sauce

Poached pear in red wine
Sticky toffee pudding

Set Menu C @ £39.50 per person
Smoked salmon parcels filled with cream cheese and chive
Warm queen scallops salad with ginger and lime vinaigrette

Lemon sorbet with Champagne

Main Course
Pan-fried fillet of beef with a shallot and red wine sauce
Poached fillet of brill with truffle and red wine sauce

Warm chocolate tartlet with creme fraiche
Raspberry and almond tart

BrimhamRocks Sep 25th, 2003 02:42 AM

So many choices! I hope they're all as yummy as they sound.

Degas Sep 25th, 2003 03:44 AM

erinb, lord, child. You sho do knows hows to flush out a right pretty winner! Where else are you eating on your trip?

erinb Sep 25th, 2003 12:58 PM

Degas baby!

Now, you know, this woman is not gonna go without good eats! Hey, life is toooo short to waste time on bad funky food! God, will you look at the desserts, I may have to have two....and the price on the filet is great for london!,,hell,,its great for here...we may have to just pull anchor and move that restaurant! (or I could kidnap the chef in the states!(wink!))

As you know, we are having lunch saturday at the orangery at kensington gardens, then a special tea at Brown's hotel on Tuesday and then post theatre dinner at Rock Garde....

I knew I had the right restaurant to follow Momma mia and Abba when I read the following piece in a review at the
restaurant guide site:

"If I had one complaint it would be that the portion itself was slightly larger than you?d expect or require from a starter and could catch the unwary off-guard leaving them uncomfortably stuffed by the end of a three-course affair."

Now does that not tell it all!

I will try to find their menu and post it! I will let you know how they "pan" out!!lololol

erinb Sep 25th, 2003 12:59 PM


that last restaurant was the Rock Garden!

I missed a key...too busy thinking about them desserts!

HeatherH Sep 25th, 2003 01:25 PM

=P~ mmmm, sticky toffee cake, oh wait, the apple crumble has vanilla sauce, oooh, creme brulee, but man, that sticky toffee cake =P~

Donna Sep 25th, 2003 02:02 PM

Did you need a reservation? We are going back to London in November - will be in there on a Friday and Saturday night. Thinking either pre-show or after-show. Sounds great!

flygirl Sep 25th, 2003 03:30 PM

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, sounds great. it's on the list, thank you!

erinb Sep 25th, 2003 04:01 PM

hey donna and flygirl,

Yes, both restaurants need advance booking. I am still waiting to hear on the Hispaniola for our last night...(that is the one the menu is posted for). What I like about this one is the set and buffet menu choices...they have several and to fit most pocketbooks. Donna, at the Hispaniola, they begin seating at 6:30 so that would be too late for pre theatre dinner and that's the reason we choose to do that restaurant our last night...the view and all makes it a perfect last night occasion. It's possible that you could have a late seating for a post theatre dinner because I think on friday or saturday they serve till 11pm., with a bar/night club open til much later.

We chose the Rock Garden for our post theatre dinner and they also need reservations. I will try to find that menu and post it here in a few minutes. know it girl...toffee...I can't decide on that one or the chocolate rum mousse....I just do not know...

Donna Sep 26th, 2003 05:37 AM

Erinb: Thanks for the suggestion of the Rock Garden - found their website and the menu looks good - so do the prices. Is the food very good? We have theater tickets for Friday and Saturday nights and were hoping to find good restaurants in the area. Maybe we can have lunch at Hispaniola. Any other suggestons?

m_kingdom Sep 26th, 2003 05:44 AM

Sounds a trifle naff and stuck in the late 70s/80s? Not a place locals go to I am sure.

Donna Sep 26th, 2003 07:44 AM

M kingdom - where would you suggest?

erinb Sep 26th, 2003 11:33 AM

okay. i'll bite..what does naff mean?

flygirl Sep 26th, 2003 12:12 PM

naff = not cool, dorky.

m_kingdom Sep 26th, 2003 12:28 PM

Richard Neat's isn't bad, Anything remotely associated with Gordon Ramsey is excellent. Sketch, if you can get a table is worth seeing - cutting edge cuisine, but not really worth the extremely high prices.

Anywhere with a star or two (three if you can) will generally serve exceptional food.

Jacqui Sep 26th, 2003 04:19 PM

Hope you have a great time, but I strongly suspect the set menus - particularly the buffet ones - are available for functions only.

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