Tel: +44 (0)20 7042 0452
Address: Heron Square, London TW9 1EJ
Cuisine Type: Modern European
Part of a chain of five restaurants in London, it could be argued that Med Kitchen Richmond Riverside takes the prize for ‘best location’. It occupies part of a substantial old development on the banks of the Thames and has magnificent views from its windows across the landscaped riverside walkway to the Thames and its activity and beyond; it’s quite an idyllic setting.
It’s not the easiest of places to find – we walked straight past the fairly discreet entrance to Heron Square, off Hill Street and were the other side of Bridge Street before realising that something was wrong. Having found it and walked across the small courtyard-like square to a passageway with steps to the riverside, the facade of this grand building, overlooking the river, is remarkably impressive and quite beautiful. In putting up their signage, the people at Med Kitchen have been deferential to this lovely building’s style and grandeur.
Seated in a window table in this large restaurant, with the moving picture evolving before our eyes, we ordered a glass of a fresh fruity chilled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc each to keep us going while we decided what to eat. Choices made, the salad of asparagus, green beans, cherry tomatoes and baby gem lettuce and the crostini platter arrived. We shared both: the salad was fresh and bright, nicely dressed and refreshing.
The crostini, six of them, were ideal for two to share. There were three varieties, two with tasty crabmeat which had some bite from its dressing, two with good prosciutto, tomato and basil which had a nice freshness, the basil working well with the tomato (obviously) and the meat. The final pair were topped with a rather delicate but very nice smoked trout mousse. The crostini and the salad each were good, we enjoyed them both very much.
For mains Phillip had the fillet steak, which came medium rare as ordered, and it was a delightful, good sized hunk of meat, beautifully cooked with nice caramelisation on the outside and lovely pink juicy meat on the inside. It was very tender and had great flavour, enhanced a little by a nice peppercorn sauce. The steak came with some good fries. I chose the trio of fish from the specials board. This comprised well cooked monkfish, sea bass and swordfish fillets, each fresh-tasting, flaky and juicy. The trio was served with modern European vegetables, which came al dente, just right for me. Each of these two dishes were excellent, tasty and well presented.
We finished the meal off by sharing a dish of brownies that had some goo, ice cream and a very good chocolate sauce, which has to be the perfect ending to a meal. It was another special, but it had to be done!
Service was unobtrusive, but they were there when we needed them, as it should be. Med Kitchen is a good local restaurant that has natural attributes beyond its windows that are both great in full daylight and at night – those views would be the envy of many! I’d certainly like to look out of them every day. I would happily recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a place to eat in Richmond, whether living there or visiting for the day, it’s certainly worth checking out.
Starters at Med Kitchen are in the £5 to £7 range, main courses come in at £10 to £18 (for the fillet steak) and desserts are mostly around the £5 mark. Wines are priced upwards from £16 with a good selection by the glass.