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Sea Containers at Mondrian

Walking along the south bank I felt pretty damn lucky to be living in this beautiful city and was very much looking forward to dinner at Sea Containers.

I met my date in the sexily lit Dandelyan bar for pre-dinner cocktails. Sat in the luxuriously large chairs, it took a while to get anyone’s attention to actually order the drinks but kick back, relax & soak up the atmosphere or watch the endless stream of joggers filter past.

The pretty menu is divided into sections Cereal, Vegetal, Mineral & Floral. I ordered the Yellow & Green fizz from the Floral section which was made up of Merlet pear liqueur, grass, yuzu vinegar and Perrier-Jouet champagne (£14.50) – light and refreshing it was the perfect pre-dinner drink. From the Cereal section the Koji Hardshake was topped with a caramelised marshmallow which added a delicious sweetness to the scotch & liquorice bitters.

Front of house staff in their custom made black jumpsuits were super friendly but the table service felt in-experienced.

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After a couple of drinks at the bar we made our way past the Tom Dixon designed foyer to sit down for dinner. A nice space with large tables & an open kitchen, ideal for larger groups! (Read: expense accounts).

Here the service slipped further. When asked for a wine recommendation I was informed that she hadn’t tried them so didn’t know, but she did offer me a taster before I made my mind up – fair enough.

The concept here is sharing plates so we ordered Tuna Crudo (£14) from the Raw section which melted in the mouth alongside artichoke & avocado. Charred eggplant with mint labneh, dates & sesame had a sloppy texture but none the less worked nicely alongside the Lamb Rump. This sat on a tasty ragout of borlotti beans, squash & salsify (£24).

House-made ricotta with a side salad of fennel & pickled squash represented the best value, served with grilled whole grain bread to scoop up the mint & chill spiked dish. (£9)

Unfortunately the Beetroot salad was very overpriced (£14) for the quality, dotted with feta the beetroot & grapefruit just didn’t justify the price. When I gave this feedback to the waitress she shrugged and said “Yeah, some dishes are more overpriced then others” – yikes! She did kindly take this off the bill once she saw my face!

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Although the food was on the whole, pretty good, it was disappointing that it was all bought out at once. It made me feel like I needed to rush through the tuna before the lamb went cold.

A nicer alternative would be to serve the Tuna & Ricotta first, followed by the Beetroot, Lamb and Eggplant. When the waiter came to clear the table he also asked if we’d be sharing the food – very strange, you are literally taking our empty plates away – again, inexperience staff bringing the tone down a notch.

 

The cheese plate from Neal’s Yard was well put together.

 

With so much competition in London it won’t be somewhere we’ll be returning too in any hurry.

 

https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london/eat-drink/sea-containers

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