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 Friday, January 15, 2010

Fine Dining: Butler's Wharf Chop House
Butler's Wharf Chop HouseIf I'm ever really trying to impress you, I might well take you to dinner beside the Thames. The Butler's Wharf Chop House is a posh-ish Conran restaurant near Tower Bridge that concentrates on British food, of the hearty type. Expect steak & kidney pudding rather than tapas, and mullet fillet (with curly kale and cockle burnt butter) rather than bouillabaisse. Usually a wallet transplant is required before visiting, but until mid-February there's a special cut-price dining offer courtesy of the Evening Standard (no purchase required). Two or three courses for £10-£25, swiped from a limited selection off the main menu, much to the envy of anyone paying full price on the table alongside. I went along to be impressed, and also to feel mildly non-deliberately patronised by the waiters. Bread arrived along with a complimentary glass of champagne (although this freebie was more than cancelled out by the astronomical mark-up on even the cheapest bottle of wine). For starters I picked the duck and goose terrine with orange and cranberry chutney, rather than the safe soup option. I chose wisely. Ditto for the main course, where the chef's take on roast beef was flying out of the kitchen and onto almost every table in the restaurant. A whopping great Yorkshire pud covered the succulent sliced flesh, with a singular roast potato nestling all warm and fluffy at the centre. Plates swiftly cleared, it was left to a custard-swamped bread and butter pudding to top off a splendid meal. Should anybody else deserve to be impressed before Valentine's, I may demand a rematch.

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