Review – Columbia at Double Tree by Hilton – Rotherhithe, London
The Columbia bar has undergone a big reburshishment and relaunched earlier this month. Situated in the Grade II listed Columbia Wharf the restaurant features wooden floors, modern Chesterfield inspired seating areas and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the terrace. The terrace itself is as you would expect in an upmarket venue, comfortable seating areas with heating pods and fantastic views overlooking the Thames and Canary Wharf. The menu is a combination of international dishes that makes the most of seasonal produce.
We began, naturally, with a selection of nibbles and starters. House mixed olives and some roasted smoked almonds were soon followed by Szechuan peppered squid, black pudding scotch egg and wild mushrooms on toast. I get a bit squeamish about black pudding so its best I don’t think about it and just tuck in. It tasted great and was nicely presented, it didn’t last long on my plate before I was onto the next and my favourite of the starters, mushrooms on toast. Chef’s portion was just right and the mushrooms were well seasoned. The toast was still crunchy underneath (nothing worse than a soggy bottom!) and the fresh, homemade bread was delicious.
There was a good but not overwhelming variety of main courses to choose from. Sometimes the menu range can be a bit daunting at restaurants and I can’t decide what to choose. This one however is succinct, easy to follow and covers all the bases. With 4 Mains, 4 Burgers, Salads and 5 Grill options I knew exactly what I wanted – steak! I went for the mid-range of rib-eye with peppercorn sauce and triple-cooked chips. The steak came out cooked a medium-rare just as I ordered and the chips were good. The sauce was also good but I like a bit more bang for my buck – ie: more pepper please. Blame my Dad, he makes a pretty mean peppercorn sauce!
My fellow diners had the grilled halloumi, pulled beef burger and spiced half chicken. They gave their meals the thumbs-up and the cleared plates said it all really.
For dessert we had sticky toffee pudding, buttermilk panna cotta and a cookie cheesecake. As this was the launch night chef did an amazing presentation for us, plating up on the table! This is not how your dessert will come tho, yours will be a more traditional presentation on a plate lol. It was quite a piece of theatrical mastery and we really enjoyed watching it unfold. I liked all the desserts on offer but I can honestly say the sticky toffee pudding was the best I’ve ever tasted – truth! So light in texture and perfectly balanced with the sauce I am still salivating about it as I type this.
I really like the new Columbia bar and it’s offerings. It is a great setting for a romantic date, a special occasion or just to enjoy a lovely meal out. I look forward to returning and especially to making the most of those spectacular views on the terrace whilst sipping on a cocktail as the sun goes down. All I need now is the recipe for that sticky toffee pudding – chef?