Modern European Restaurant with a view
Category : Restaurant
| Cuisine : Modern European
Address : 8 High Timber Street , The City , London , EC4V 3PA, UNITED KINGDOM - Directions
Web : www.hightimber.com
Opening Times : Monday-Friday: 12pm-3pm/6:30pm-10:30pm, Sat & Sun: Available for Exclusive Hire
Closest Tube : Blackfriars, Mansion House, St. Paul's
Riverside dining is special no matter where you are, but High Timber‘s location really takes the cake. Situated directly across from the Tate Modern and Shakespeare‘s Globe, dining next to the darkening Thames and watching London‘s many lights reflected in its turbid waters often offers the sensation of visiting another City. Opened in the late Noughties, the restaurant has quietly chugged along, earning a retinue of devoted foodies who come for the excellent wine, the classic grill menu, and, of course, the spectacular view.
High Timber is the brainchild of Gary and Kathy Jordan, who own the Jordan Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch region of South Africa, as well as Neleen Strauss, co-founder of City stalwart Vivat Bacchus. Inside, the interiors do little to draw attention from the river setting, with neutral cream tones and simple wooden furniture next to floor-to-ceiling plexiglass windows. For anyone after private dining par excellence, there are two rooms downstairs nestled within the wine cellar, which boasts a cool 40,000 bottle of wine. Oenophiles will be pleased - the Jordans are accomplished winemakers and have assembled a slap-up list.
We settled down at our table, softly illuminated with candles and dim lighting, and let our servers do the bulk of our ordering while we sipped champagne. They offered us an array of starters. Gazpacho with sundried tomatoes, brioche and basil oil was a light, fresh way to commence the meal, as was the tomato and crab salad with balsamic feta dressing and the house smoked salmon with rye bread and horseradish.
However, we were very charmed by the biltong croquettes with peppadew ketchup, which managed the tricky feat of rendering the cured meat quite tender. The seared foie gras with beef carpaccio, truffle, parmesan and a croute was a masterclass in indulgence. These were particularly nice when washed down with chilled glasses of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay from the Jordan Estate. For our main dish, we had a giant tranche of chateaubriand that was prepared perfectly, the fibres of the muscle ineffably tender with perfect marbling. We coupled this with a The Prospector Syrah 2014 from the cellars, a perfect complement along with sesame snow peas with caramelised onions and chilli and a beautiful specimen of cauliflower cheese.
We wrapped things up with a pair of delicious desserts. A vanilla ice cream shake was spiked with Amarula and was quite a nice way to wrap up the meal. A white chocolate mousse was whipped to silky perfection, then dressed with a handful of raspberries.
We‘re very happy to add High Timber as an Innerplace restaurant as it‘s perfect for date nights or business meetings, with an excellent location in the City.