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Kate is the greatest assest a restaurant could have period
Fabulous food. My salmon was cooked to perfection. Great service
Lovely lunch, beautifully cooked fish and great wine recommendation to accompany.
Really nice food and exceptional service. Will definitely go back.
I am a member of the Tate and I meet up with a friend at Tate Britain to view exhibitions which appeal to us. As I live on the Kent coast and she lives in Hampshire, we like to have lunch at the Rex Whistler Restaurant to make a day of it. The restaurant is attractive and the waiting staff friendly, and we have enjoyed our meals there. On this occasion, I booked a table in advance as usual, and was disappointed to see that the set meal pricing had been discontinued. The last time we were there, the set meal price was £29.99 per person for two courses and, I think, £36 for three courses. However, there was a special offer of three courses for the price of two for those reserving a table. Our total bill for three courses came to about £72 for the two of us, including a glass of house wine each; and the meal was very good. On our latest visit, we paid £84 for two courses including two glasses of wine, which I consider poor value for money. If we had had three courses, the bill would have been almost £100. We both ordered the mackerel dish as a starter and the duck as the main course. As usual, I ordered two glasses of house red, but instead received two glasses of sommelier selected wine. This added £2 to the cost of each glass and did not make the wine any better. The duck dish was well cooked and presented, and the cherry sauce was rich and fruity and well-seasoned. The mackerel dish, however, was very disappointing. The half fillet of fish had supposedly been charred, which suggested that the skin would be crispy. It was indeed black, but soggy, and the fish was totally raw, as the chef no doubt intended. It was tasteless. The crouton, obviously intended to add crunch, also tasted of nothing, and apart from the vague lemon flavour of the yogurt served with the dish, everything was bland and insipid. It may be that the chef was aiming to create a light, refreshing starter, but this dish was a failure. As a result of this meal and its price, my friend and I will not be returning to the Rex Whistler.
The Rex Whistler Restaurant is *always* an utter delight, and yesterday was no exception to that. The foods - every course - was delicious to a fault. I enjoyed a mackerel appetizer, duck with cherries, summer pudding and cappuccino. Each was perfection. And the ambiance and service are excellent. I will probably *always* recommend the Rex Whistler.
I have been to the enchanting Rex Whistler many times over the years, so I can safely say that they've maintained all its best features--atmosphere/service/wine list--but consistently raised the level of the food. Yesterday's lunch was superb (starter of goat's cheese mousse followed by perfect grilled trout) with fine wine pairings. My three American friends were absolutely over the moon about the entire experience. Truly the restaurant is a Rex, not only of restaurants in our museums but a great destination--even for anyone (foolish enough) not to be looking at the fantastic art.
Another visit to sample the winter menu as I enjoyed the venison so much before Christmas. It was just as good second time around. I had a light starter of butternut squash, pickled quince and pumpkin seeds before which tasted good as well as feeling healthy but then succumbed to the magnificent cheese trolley at the end. The atmosphere was surprisingly busy post Christmas but, as usual, the staff coped admirably.
Service was, as ever, impeccable: our guest arrived last, but the staff were unfazed. The meal was superb: brawn with watercress and gooseberry chutney and fish of the day, hake cooked to perfection. Eating at the Rex Whistler is always a guaranteed pleasure with an attentive (but never intrusive) staff always ready to attend diners.
Still the REX of Gallery restaurants. Room always a pleasure to be in, the service delightful, the food continues to be ever more inventive and splendidly prepared, the famous wine list is still remarkable with the added bonus of being able to choose the pairings option, guided by an expert. VIVA!