We have spent the afternoon at the theatre. Now we all need to find more drama for the evening…..there are few things more dramatic than the views of the London skyline at night seen from the Oxo Tower Restaurant. Importantly, we do not expect the food to be upstaged by the scenery.
Tonight’s cast includes our friends from the north – Rufus and Lani – who we met up with earlier at the theatre. We are all looking forward to dinner and start with a curtain raiser of margaritas for two, a G&T and a glass of Gassac Blanc.
Now we are really ready for the action to begin and both Rufus and I choose the Suckling Pig Belly for our first act. Lani, who always enjoys a good chat, strikes up a dialogue with a Warm Dorset Crab, presented in a single cannelloni – while Rock ad libs with a very flavourful Speck Tart with Seville Orange.
As the plot unfolds it is clear that most of the leading characters will be eating fish during the second act. It would be a tragedy to pick a wine that does not play its part. A bottle of O Rosal Albarino manages to combine both floral fragrance with just a whisper of acidity and a lingering finish. Lani chooses the Monkfish with mussels, Rufus and I both select the Turbot served with a small but delightful box of shredded crab. Rock decides not to have fish and instead improvises by choosing the Herb Risotto Ball with Almond cream.
For the final act, Rock and I share a slightly downbeat Rhubarb Mascarpone with Pistachio Sponge. Rufus and Lani are more heroic and both choose the intense Passionfruit Souffle. Glasses of Muscat and Sauternes help to bring the curtain down – though I’m not certain any of us are now in a suitable state for a long standing ovation.