The Sea Containers in Mondrian is an interesting space on the ground floor along the river. Whilst you do get decent views of the rows of the impressive buildings across the Thames on the north side, you also get the flow of tourists and the like passing you if you dine on the terrace. They do a great job of keeping space reasonably private with a fence and some shrubbery – so luckily passerbys don’t get to peak over at your food.
I have been to the Mondrian before, in fact I ate at this very spot, but I was inside and it was in the evening. Bad lighting makes for poor quality pictures and it isn’t exactly the kind of place for me to start styling the pic with a phone light. I suspect the other diners would not be too chuffed as its quite snazzy.
One Saturday afternoon with the sun shining brightly and surprisingly warm weather for the month of September, we settled on a terrace seat for a bite to eat. First we took advantage of the bottomless Prossecco for which you pay the equivalent of two glasses but then they keep topping up for period. I will say, they did spoil us and kept pouring well after the deadline hit.
Although it was lunch time, I went for something light and brunchy with an order of crab and avocado on soursough bread with a side salad of heritage tomatoes. This was tasty and fresh, exactly what I needed. Pranvera went for a braised beef burrito with spicy bbq beans, sunny side up egg, rice, avocado puree, tomato salsa and corn nuts. Yes it sounds like a hefty portion. Whilst the first version of this to arrive was really heavy on the oil, we sent it back and it was returned promptly tasting much better. The service was as you would expect from a stylish hotel with one of the best cocktail bars I have been to, Dandelyan. It was on point. Such a lovely terrace for a spot of Summet lunch. Relaxed with a cool group of guests. A combination of hotel guests, ladies who lunch and young trendies were spaced out around the venue in deep conversation.
As a whole, the hotel, the bar and the restaurant is a lovely destination. It is very welcoming and not pretentious at all. Definitely worth a staycation and treat if you are going out in central London. It is on my list of go-to places for the future.
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