Saturday Night on the South Bank

When I was a kid and indeed a young adult the South Bank of the Thames was a bit of a dump. It’s been a bit poshed up in the last couple of years and is now quite a cool place to hang out of the evening.

On Saturday night we had a booking at Dim T, the Asian fusion restaurant overlooking the London Assembly building and Tower Bridge.

View from upstairs at Dim T

Dim T is sandwiched between a branch of Strada (a pretty good general pizza and pasta chain, but this one has a great view over HMS Belfast and the Tower of London) and that overpriced South American joint Gaucho. I hadn’t eaten in Dim T before, but I had heard some promising reports of it. To start we had edamame beans and prawn crackers followed by four baskets of dim sum. By fortunate serendipity we kicked off with the prawn and scallop, then the spicy prawn, the spicy beef and then the wasabi and chicken which were the best of the lot and not unbearably hot either. I followed up with sweet and sour chicken Hong Kong style and stir fried noodles. Now don’t get me wrong, because I love that toxic orange sweet and sour that you get from lots of Chinese places, but this was beautifully subtle in flavour without the violent colouring. My friends katsu curry and green Thai curry were also very flavoursome too.

Jasmine Flower Tea

Complete with drinks, wine and desert the bill only came to £95, which given the location was pretty good value.

Still the night was young so after having given up on getting served at All Bar One we headed for the Most Bar, which is under Tower Bridge with a a great view across the river. I’m surprised that more people don’t know about this this place. It has a good selection of beers and the very friendly eastern European staff can mix a fearsome cocktail, like this strawberry Caipirinha.

Strawberry Caipinha

Apparently the space the bar occupies used to be the coal store for the engines that raised Tower Bridge, ~I think a bar is a much better use of space.

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