Review – RS Hispaniola – Embankment, London
You may remember, dear readers, that I recently reviewed City Cruises and their Showboat Dinner cruise. It was a lovely evening spent gliding up and down the Thames whilst enjoying some good food. I mentioned at the end of my review that there is a sister boat, the Hispaniola, which is permanently moored and offering fine dining that I wanted to check out. They recently launched their spring menu so I found myself back on the Embankment looking forward to another night of hopefully tasty food.
It was a lovely, sunny evening as my guest and I arrived and boarded the Hispaniola. You have to love London when the sun is shining, don’t you?
We were seated at a beautifully set table and eager to enjoy some good food and engaging company. Our first courses arrived quickly. I’d ordered the foie gras and my companion had the smoked mackerel with marinated beetroot, beetroot mousse and beetroot crisps.
The foie gras was meltingly soft and a real triumph. My companion loved her mackerel but as per our other cruise, she was definitely eyeing up my plate! For our mains I chose the ox cheeks with dauphinoise potatoes and sautéed spring cabbage. My guest had the seared sea trout with puy lentils, vegetable brunoise and bisque broth. The dishes were well presented and delicious. Going out for a meal with a blogger can be a little annoying for my friends because they can’t eat until I have photographed everything. Luckily, the meals are served on heated plates, of course, so after a few quick snaps it wasn’t too long before we could tuck in. Mmmmm, yum! The ox cheeks were fantastic, slow braising really brings out the flavour of these tasty morsels, try them!
I must mention at this point that there was an excellent selection of wines that can be paired with your chosen courses. The servers were very knowledgeable and I’m sure will find something to suit your palate. On to dessert and there was a very nice selection. I opted for the chocolate tart with marinated orange segments and the other one chose the fruit crumble with custard. Custard is always a good option for the movement shot 🙂
The evening was rounded off with coffees which we took on to the outside deck. Do make sure to to take advantage of the deck, the view of the Millennium Wheel is fantastic and as the sun went down and the Embankment lights came on, we could see why the Hispaniola is such a popular dining spot. The ambience was relaxed and warm, the food was fresh and delicious and the servers were professional and friendly. We were delighted with our experience on the Hispaniola and both of us would recommended it for a great night out. The menu reflects the best of seasonal fayre and is well executed across the board. I reckon this would also be a great place to experience New Year’s Eve too! Thanks Hispaniola, we had a wonderful time.