Kingston Riverside gets a makeover and I get to Taste The World
Kingston has long been a favourite place for me to go and eat out alongside the river. It has a small town kinda feel making it the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of central London. Recently the Riverside has had a multi-million pound makeover and its looking fabulous. With wider pedestrian walkways, new restaurants and a very cool vibe, I was looking forward to attending their Blogger Event. Showcasing the restaurants along the bridge end of the walkway it looked set to be a fun night. Those participating in hosting us included Cau (Argentinian), Comptoir Libanais (Lebanese), Busaba (Thai) and Cote Brasserie (French). Unfortunately Busaba dropped out at the last minute which was a shame as I love Thai and was really looking forward to trying their offerings.
Our evening started in Cau with some fabulous cocktails and tasting slates. An Argentinian restaurant that prides itself on offering contemporary cuisine inspired by the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Buenos Aires, the menu is not overly complicated (a good thing!) and includes the very famous style of Argentinian steaks. We tried a couple of the cocktails, the Patagonian Mule (gingery, spicy tones that were delish) and the Pink Spritz. The food which was presented for the event on slates, was very good. My favourite was the steak (naturally) and a special mention for the chicken too, very juicy and flavoursome.
This restaurant is an eclectic mix of visual stimuli, from the decorative artworks on the wall to the shop where you can purchase all manner of groceries, pottery and things to decorate your kitchen. We were treated to a large selection of dishes from the menu set out in family style on an extended table. Of the many things I tried I recommend in particular the baba ghanuj, chargrilled chicken (great harissa and garlic sauce) and the fresh salads, Everything was thoughtfully presented and if you haven’t tried Lebanese food before, this establishment is a great initiation.
Taking inspiration from the brasseries lining the avenues of Paris, this chain is dedicated to serving French food with an authentic twist. Being our last port of call for the evening we were to sample tasting sizes of their most popular desserts, those being the Crème Caramel and Chocolate Mousse. I wasn’t keen on the texture of the crème but others around the table really liked it so it is down to the individual palate. The Mousse was good but what really struck a chord with me was the dessert wine we were served alongside. A very quaffable Domaine De Barroubio from the Languedoc region. If you find dessert wines too sweet like me, then this will change your mind. Sweet to start which fades into zesty, citrus notes on the long finish. I would have it again in a heartbeat.
I had fun with my fellow bloggers sampling the foodie delights that are now on the riverside. Whilst I wouldn’t usually write about chain restaurants, the atmosphere along the riverside is one that everyone should experience. With the many outdoor tables, live music events over the summer and the beautiful vista along the Thames, I look forward to many more leisurely afternoons down on the banks by Kingston bridge.