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The River Cafe

Rainville Rd. Send to Phone
020-7386 4200
Underground: Hammersmith
The River Café stays on top with its rustic Italian cooking.
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Lunch daily, Dinner Mon.-Sat.
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The River Cafe Restaurant Review

: Despite the sad death of co-founder Rosie Gray in 2010, The River Café continues its famed course. The impressive, large room of blues and whites with an open kitchen is the background for some seriously good cooking. The emphasis here has always been on the best seasonal ingredients, with the menu changing twice daily to take advantage of what is available. Antipasti of chargrilled squid with fresh red chilli and rocket, and finely sliced wild sea bass with cherry tomatoes; and primi dishes of risotto with prosciutto and mint, or chilled zucchini and zucchini flower soup are the equal of any notable restaurant in Rome or Milan. Mains have included marinated chargrilled leg of lamb with red and yellow peppers, zucchini and aubergines or whole pigeon wrapped in pancetta and roasted with tomato bruschetta. This is a glorious celebration of all that is best in simple, rustic Italian cooking. Italian cheeses are first rate; desserts like the chocolate "nemesis" and homemade ice creams round off a memorable meal. Wines are Italian, well-chosen and ungreedily marked up; service is charming; and your fellow guests are undoubtedly mostly famous.

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