Visited River cafe with husband and friends . I chose the place partially due to the view - stunning regardless of where in the restaurant you get seated - but was a bit concerned it would be super stiff to eat there due to being reminded over email four times that the dress code was formal.
One, I get, perhaps also a reminder when confirming the confirmation of the booking but an additional two times seemed a bit hysterical. What level were expected- evening gown?!
And yes, the dress code is really strict but I must say it’s very nice to see people all dressed up and they don’t demand more than one normally would find proper level. Perhaps the jacket thing is a bit too much much since the men aren’t allowed to take it off during the whole dinner (hanging it on the chair is not permitted which makes it a bit sweaty).
Nevertheless it turned out to be everything else than stiff. This is the first starred restaurant I’ve been to that isn’t small and rather quiet.
At River Cafe they have about three times the number of tables per square meter you’d find in most other restaurants at the same level - Frantzen in Stockholm, Joel Robuchon in Monaco (don’t know about his other locations) Adlon Kempinski in Berlin or Aquavit in Manhattan to name a few.
People are talking and laughing and there is a bar pianist entertaining so the quietness and whispering you’d normally find in these establishments is nowhere to be find which is refreshing and a nice change.
We chose the Six course tasting menu and it was delicious as expected. But once again they stand out compared to others by offering the party different dishes. Out of the in total perhaps 10 dishes, five of them were served to us all while five were different.
Like the octopus; the women got one part of the fish and the men another. The fish; the women got salmon and the men halibut. The dessert were four different ones. And so on. That was extremely refreshing and surprising and we loved it.
Best dishes: the Foie Gras, the King crab and the Mushroom Wellington. Explosions of taste that nearly causes tears in your eyes out of joy.
Service was very friendly and relaxed while yet professional.
The only “negative” if I need to mention something is that the wine paring glasses are a bit oversized - it’s not a tasting size, almost a full glass - and while all being excellent in taste, you should be mindful that if you aren’t used to consuming amount of alcohol you might feel a bit drunk when leaving.
Also we requested to get a list/menu of the dishes we were served and the wines selected but despite saying yes, they never gave us one which was sad since it’s a nice memory and something you normally get without requesting it on starred venues.
We did not get a gift either upon leaving - no bread or bun cake like expected.
But those things are so not an issue all together.
We had a great evening with excellent food and we’d happily come back in the future.
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