I love discovering new restaurants, especially when they’re fairly close to home – a great example of this is View 94, located right on the river between Putney and Wandsworth, where I was invited to a group dinner recently. We were seated upstairs overlooking the river – I liked the look and feel of the restaurant, it felt a bit like being on a boat moored at the side of the river.
The food is described as a fusion of modern European cuisine – Head Chef Antonio Sanzone says on the website:
“My passion for cooking comes from the way I was brought up. My father, a retired cook, has taught me how to transform a job into a hobby and my mother taught me how to use simple and organic ingredients without compromising on quality and taste.”
This all came across in the menu we were presented with, and I found it really difficult to choose as it all sounded so good, and really up my street!
We were treated to an amuse bouche, a ‘posh’ fish and chips, so to speak. The pea and mint mousse was light and fresh, and the fish was perfectly cooked, not too heavy or oily. Really tasty!
For my starter, I chose the cured venison, green apple, dried cranberries and hazelnut crumble with black truffle dressing. And my goodness, I’m so glad I did, it was one of the best starters I’ve eaten anywhere for some time!
Again the flavours were just so ‘me’. I adore truffle and this had a very generous serving, both in the dressing and grated on top, and venison is one of my favourite meats. The green apple might have been an odd choice, but combined with the hazelnut it all just worked so beautifully in terms of both flavour and texture.
Some people around me ordered the beef tartare, which is always going to be a difficult dish to pull off, as everyone has their own exact expectations of what it should be like. I didn’t get a chance to take a snap but I was able to try it. For me, it needed a little extra kick to it and while I would have happily eaten it, I was glad with the choice I made.
For main course I went for the braised jacob’s ladder, bone marrow, fondant potato and squash puree.
Now this sort of dish is never going to be the prettiest thing to photograph but wow it was tasty! The beef just melted in your mouth and the fondant and puree were great too. The only thing I was a little disappointed about was that I was expecting there to be edible bone marrow rather than just the bone for presentation – it turned out the bone marrow had been cooked into the sauce, which is probably one of the reasons why it was so delicious, but there’s nothing better than scooping out that lovely, fatty, indulgent marrow!
The other dish which turned out to be a popular choice with the guests seated around me was the lobster black risotto – a really impressive looking dish. I didn’t manage to snaffle a taste of this one, but it seemed to go down well with those that ordered it.
Unlike for the savoury dishes, for dessert nothing really grabbed me, so I decided to order the cheese board (as you know, I’m cheese obsessed, so this is always going to be a good option for me!) The waiter invited me to take a look at the cheeseboard and choose a few. Unfortunately he didn’t know the names of most of them, aside from which were cow’s cheese, goats cheese etc, so I’m afraid I’m not going to be able to bestow more cheesey knowledge in this case. But I can tell you they were very good, with very generous portions!!
And how better to end a lovely evening with good food and good company, than with an espresso martini!
There are lots of different menus on offer at View 94, including brunch and a tasting menu. They also have a rather exciting bonfire night menu in the run up to 5th November.
Antonio has prepared a festive bonfire pie selection, all served hot to eat-in or take outside, to enjoy during the displays. There are both savoury (cottage pie, butternut squash and celeriac, and haddock and mushroom) and sweet (apple and raisin, served with hot vanilla custard) pies on offer. From the bar, the bonfire cocktail ‘The Winter Hulk’ (layered hot chocolate, mint syrup, double cream, splash of Jack Daniels) will be, along with all other cocktails, on 2-4-1 offer all day.
To find out more information, you can visit their website here.
I was invited to review View 94 by Golborne Nash and View 94, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.