London is surely one of the most interesting cities in the world and I just love it for this. There is just so much to see and do, and even after many years living here I still find new experiences and venues that I haven’t tried. What do I have in mind? A boat dinner on the river Thames!
I know that many of you will probably tell me that this is one of the most notable attractions, since nobody can actually miss the Thames when in London. However, I am honest when I say that this was something that I had not tried. At least not until a group of friends dragged me on one such restaurant after a meeting.
I must say, the idea of dining on a boat seemed a bit … challenging, to say the least. After all, who would want to introduce food to their already stressed stomach? I thought I wouldn’t be able to eat anything and feel at ease with myself, but I was wrong (thankfully)! Although the table was gently moving, it didn’t feel that much more different from having an on-land meal. Soon enough I knew that my fears were unfounded and I enjoyed the rest of the meal.
Speaking of the meal, I would say that it was good enough, but there was one notable flaw: it was a bit cold. Now I wouldn’t know if all of the food was actually prepared on the boat and what part of it was ready, but I do believe that it should at least be warm. Don’t get me wrong: it was not bad at all! It is just that I think any dish actually loses a lot of its qualities when it is not warm, thus a score of 6/10 for food.
Moving onto the service – I would give it 9 out of 10. The staff was friendly and welcoming, but they did forget a few things. I am willing to forgive them, as they did their best to make everyone in the restaurant feel comfortable and happy.
As for hygiene and cleanliness … I honestly think more effort should be invested towards keeping the place more sanitised. What do I have in mind? Well, for starters, I noticed the loos are pretty dusty. Dusting the place from top to bottom shouldn’t be that difficult to achieve, especially if you hire a cleaning company, like it is my belief they should. I don’t think it is a good idea to overlook this, because this restaurant was a bit on the high-end of expectations. I do believe a cleaning company should be able to fix things rather easily. In fact, I am surprised the owner hasn’t done this already, especially considering the vast number of cleaning companies in London.
I am sure I will do a boat dinner again in the near future. I sure hope that the outlined flaws are fixed by then so that the experience is even more memorable.