We were looking for a restaurant for guests who have not been to London often and where they had views of the city, so Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall seemed an obvious choice.
The walk to the restaurant through the rather dated Festival Hall could be somewhat more striking or romantic but once you arrive in Skylon restaurant itself the atmosphere takes a turn for the better. The restaurant is minimally sophisticated and you are welcomed by professional waiters that do not fuss over you but are there in the background if needed. There is a grand bar in the centre of the large dining room which adds an extra pinch of style to the atmosphere.
Out of all the fabulous spaces where we could sit we were plonked right next to the door facing the ugly hall that I mentioned above which did not make the most of the spectacular views at the other side of the restaurant but still our guests seemed happy enough. The wine list was extensive and the attention to detail on the tables and surrounding was clear.
We had Parsnip Veloute and Braised Rabbit Terrine for starters, which was accompanied by a wide selection of breads and flavoured butters (a weakness of ours). The main was a Salmon with Barley and Green Braised Cabbage which was cooked well.
The desert I have to admit was a triumph. This was Panna Cotta, with a Blueberry jelly on top and served with a Blueberry Compote. The textures and flavours really were something else.
The price was reasonable as we had a set pre-theatre menu but we have to admit we would not like to have to forked out for the full menu.
We have to remember that this is a D&D restaurant (same owners as Coq D’Argent, Butlers Chop House and Quaglinos) so the quality is to be expected and the food follows the same lines of professionalism without pushing boundaries.
For the location, food quality and service I think this is a great place to take guests unfamiliar with London or a crowd pleaser for those you want to impress (with the right table of course!).
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