The problem for Rick Stein now is that diners will have unduly high expectations, further raised with each television appearance. This restaurant next to the Thames is excellent but not flawless. Firstly there are a number of tables next to the river, but whilst some overlook the water through panoramic floor to ceiling windows, the others have restricted views. Confirm where you are at the time of booking. Also note that the restaurant is part of a shared business courtyard with parking although this would be after office hours. The whole place is run very professionally with the staff knowing their job well and with a sense of humour. There are a limited number of meat dishes but the theme naturally is fish. Starters range from £7 to around £13 and there was no amuse bouche. Baked Crab with Poblano was too spicy to allow any meaningful taste of crab to come forward although the dish was hot and satisfying. Indonesian Seafood Curry tasted sensational containing large succulent meaty portions of fish. Similarly the Scallops with Truffle Butter (served as main rather than starter) were perfectly cooked in shells and accompanying chips ensured that all the juices were drained from the plate. Disappointment followed tasting the Indonesian Seafood Curry and I wonder whether this dish is worth all the effort in eating. Dessert of Sticky Toffee Pudding was predictable and something that could be replicated in many kitchens. Bottled water is around £4 and we also had 2 bottles of Whispering Angel Provence Rose which at £44 was rather expensive for a decent but not excellent wine. There were 8 of us and the bill (including service) came to £410 which works out at £50 each. Probably not unreasonable for the quality of food and the number of drinks served. However on reviewing the print-out at home I noticed that we had not been charged for 2 Double Scallops with Butter. This may be because there was some confusion as only 1 had initially been served although I suspect actually it was a billing mistake. Thanks anyway Rick! I will return with the realisation that the minimum you will pay for starter and main is around £25 without drinks and service.
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