Right where old East London meets the modern Docklands, you can find the time-honoured traditions of the Chinese culinary arts colliding with contemporary cuisine. The culprit is River View Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant with a history that goes back over 25 years and an enviable location on the wharf down New Crane Place (along Wapping Wall), complete with al fresco seating and a private party room overlooking the Thames that can accommodate up to 60 guests. This stylish eatery specialises in seafood, with the dried soft shell crab in chilli salt being a signature dish, but you can find other Chinese classics such as crispy aromatic duck on offer, and a swathe of innovative dishes, too, like River View’s delicious asparagus in chillies.
A great way to dive headlong into River View Restaurant’s offering is to order up one of their set meals. The most lavish of these feasts, the River View Chef’s Choice menu, includes prawn appetisers with satay and sesame, deep fried squid and crispy seaweed, followed by the unmissable aromatic Peking duck, luxuriant fresh lobster with ginger and spring onion, steamed seabass, sizzling chilli and black bean beef, stir-fried mange tout with asparagus, and seafood and meat fried rice wrapped in lotus leaves. These banquets are popular among regulars to this restaurant in London’s Wapping, so be sure to mention that you’d like to indulge this way when you book a table at River View’s New Crane Place restaurant.
River View’s a la carte menu is bristling with fantastic options, too. Eel and steamed scallops, butterfly prawns, Peking-style monkfish, soft shell crab and squid are just some of the East Asian-style seafoods that make their way to table at this Wapping Chinese restaurant, particularly appropriate given River View’s wharf-side setting down New Crane Place, overlooking East London’s historic Docklands. Chinese hot pot dishes are on offer, too, and the list goes on, ranging through authentic interpretations of classic Chinese pork, beef, and poultry, a judicious selection of tofu and vegetarian options, rice and noodles.
Expensive, but lovely food. Really enjoyed the evening, would highly recommend this place. We ordered 4 rice, which came in 1 bowl, and that was about £18, which is lumpy for rice! But all in all enjoyed it a lot.
Food and service great as usual. Anybody looking for a Chinese in London should go here, food always spot on (been going for over ten years now). Great value when comparing to others in the area.
Been to River View a number of times and never disappointed the food is excellent the service and staff are excellent. In the summer you can sit outside over looking the Thames that’s why I keep going back.
This is not my first time at river view I always have a great time and love the food always delicious and great portions sizes big thumbs up. 👍🏻
We were disappointed with the service from the kitchen. It was a busy evening with a large number of waiters and waitresses serving many tables. Not every able was in use though. The time interval between courses was too long. After two hours we were only just being served part of our main course. Very disappointing as we have been going to this restaurant for over 25 years. It was all blamed on it being Chinese New Year. Not exactly a surprise given the date.
If this is your local chinese its ok, but dont bother to travel any distance to eat there, no atmosphere as such - went on a Friday night half empty. Food not memorable - although lobster in ginger good. Cant reconcile chicken breast in crispy coating with mustard sauce (which was actually english mustard from a jar) as being in anyway Chinese. Food quite expense for what it is. Staff fine and service good. Dont know if it was the weather but dont believe all the hype about a river view setting the location is nothing to write home about.
Lovely location and friendly staff. Food is good quality and not greasy. Shared aromatic duck to start - the full portion for six adults was about right. We all went for fish mains which were delicious. It would be nice to have a better choice of beer on the menu. We will revisit.
It is a family friendly restaurant with a wonderful view of the RiverThames. We had a delicious meal, the duck was good and the children were impressed that the crispy beef was served in an edible noodle nest. Thank you.
What a little gem! Amazing food and service in the nice quiet area of Wapping. Just get the train to Shadwell or walk along Thames river from Tower Bridge station. We'll be back!
Great Chinese food and views on Thames and Canary Wharf !!! The personal very kind and helpful - Excellent service!!! There is also a large terrace and nice to be there summer time.