Guest contributor Peter Brooker from Human Research reviews View 94 for us…
The venue was View 94, a 20 minute hike from Putney Bridge station, although bus routes are readily available and perhaps a safer bet. A fusion of modern European cuisine available at lunch and dinner. Our waiter Christian was accommodating and disarming, presenting us with two Negroni aperitifs. ‘The Negroni is the original bridge between Italian and English culture’, remarked Christian. I was tempted to say ‘I thought the Rocky movies did that’. But knew it was too early for hammy jokes.
My starter was a soft bed of cured venison adorned with dry cranberries and black truffle dressing. The soft apple was offset by some hazelnut crumble, whilst the missus enjoyed some artistically presented scallops with light complimentary sauces. Christian reverently offered up a bottle of French white, Sancerre 2015, as I tried to negotiate the table condiments and frame a picture for twitter.
For the main I investigated the pan fried duck breast with marinated red cabbage whilst the sober half entertained the cod loin on lentil stew. The quality of the food was implacable. Head Chef Antonio told us & ‘I came to View 94 because I wanted to express myself on the plate’. For an encore we shared his interpretation of the classic Mince Pie, which had figs instead of raisins. The result a more saccharin finish, I made short work of that, the dessert wine and the espresso martini.
The View 94 has plenty to offer other than the food. An awesome panoramic view of the river Thames, with a private jetty where you can enjoy a few shandies. (Or mulled wines now. Heat lamps are coming soon we’ve been told). They also offer gin masterclasses, cheese and wine evenings and happy hour cocktails.