The River Café is a London institution. Patrons have been eating good food here since 1987, when Rose Gray (who died in 2010) and Ruth Rogers opened their restaurant on the river and vowed to serve the best Italian fare in the city. What the River Café is really good at is sourcing ingredients, and they’ve been doing that since the day the opened – whether it’s melon at its ripest flown in from Italy or the most delicious Cornish crab – this restaurant does seasonal dishes very, very well. It’s not the kind of place where your waiter will recite the first chapter of a novel to describe your dish, and because of that it is an immensely comfortable place to eat. At night, the warm room with its giant red oven glows with soft light, and the hum of happy talking people fills the room. Unlike most restaurants, there’s a significant number of female chefs and sommeliers. Expect to see important people dining there. We guarantee you’ll leave with fond memories.
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Spaghetti with crab, parsley, chilli and lemon and chargrilled marinated leg of lamb with an 'inzimino' of chickpeas, chard, tomato, chilli and parsley. Order everything for dessert – ice cream, the chocolate nemesis cake and the pear and almond tart.
Ask the sommelier for a perfect bottle of wine.