Bar open late Mon.-Sat.
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Skylon Restaurant Review: This elegant venue divides its huge space into the Grill, the more formal Restaurant, and the stylish bar area which inhabits the middle. Finnish chef Helena Puolakka brings her particular magic touch to the restaurant. Seasonally driven and with a love of the best ingredients, the chef produces dishes like cream of wild garlic leaf with duck egg mayonnaise and mustard cress on grilled brioche, and warm smoked mackerel with rhubarb compote to start. Mains might include steamed sea bass fillet with fennel risotto and pickled mushrooms, or slow-cooked then roasted Anjou pigeon with spinach and cabbage, all in a sherry dressing. Desserts score just as highly with the likes of ‘sweet sushi,’ which is dragon fruit with vanilla rice, poached lychee, sour plums and salted caramel mousse. Puolakka’s cooking was always good, but it has gone up a notch in the past two years. There's a worthy wine list and, of course, a spectacular view over the river. The Grill is slightly cheaper and more casual, with a one-course Kids’ menu at £7, and 2 courses at £12. Restaurant: 2-course à la carte £40, 3 courses £45; lunch £21.50, 3 courses £36.50, Sun. lunch 2 courses £24.50, 3 courses £28.50; pre- and post-theatre menus 2 courses £26.75, 3 courses £30.75. Grill: pre-and post-theatre menus 2 courses £19.50, 3 courses £23.