Recently we went on our second Thames cruise for lunch and a tour – always a bit of fun and a chance to see some of the best bits of London from the water. We opted for a full table of vegetarian meals, which was a bit of a rub from the beginning as they served us last after the entire rest of the boat had been served.
Needless to say, people were finishing their meals by the time we had ours, which made it difficult to remain gracefully patient. Still, they did come eventually.
The first course was a seasonal pasta with butternut squash, which I have to admit was absolutely delicious. The sauce was very creamy and moreish, and the pasta itself was cooked just right. I did very much enjoy this dish, and the only criticism I could give is what I always find with this kind of pasta: there wasn’t enough of it.
The bowl, by the way, was not as deep as it looks. The small lumps you can see in the sauce were resting on the bottom.
Next up was the dessert. This was rather pretentiously served and dressed on a slate (when will people get over slates?), with drops of sauce and pistachio foam. All of that faff was a bit unnecessary considering that the cheesecake was, again, pretty good – and did not benefit from the way it was tabled. Actually, it made it more annoying to try and get some of the meagre drops onto the actual cake instead of leaving them slathered over the slate.
The flavour of the cheesecake itself was also perhaps a little too subtle – it didn’t leave much of an impression.
All in all, the service and presentation mostly let down the food, which was better than the experience suggested.