I love dining out. And even more, I love dining out with a view. We are so lucky in London to have the lovely Thames running through the city. Scenic river views are not just for those in central London. Come a bit further south to Kingston-upon-Thames, and you can enjoy a riverside view whilst enjoying some delicious food.
If you're not familiar with Kingston, it is a town in the Royal Borough of Kingston. And though it has a Surrey post code, it is a borough of London. Kingston is known for its great shopping (an indoor mall called The Bentalls Centre as well as a great variety of shops along and near the pedestrian-only area. And recently, Kingston has become known for its wide range of restaurants. I was recently invited to an event thrown by the RiverSide Walk Kingston to show off some of its wonderful dining options.
Our first stop was Cau, where we were inundated with delicious Argentian food and the refreshing cocktails. I had, wrongly, assumed that Cau just served steaks, but they had so much more to offer. I had so many yummy things, including mini pork belly, lamb, steak skewers and mini churros. I am so annoyed that I didn't try the mini brownies with marshmallow. I was trying to save room for everything. Damn my cautious nature. If you like cocktails, then you must try the pink spritz (made with Mondino Amaro, vermouth and tonic). I had two in about 10 minutes, which is a sure sign that I enjoyed them.
Next stop was Comptoir Libanais. Although I am a fan of Lebanese cuisine, I have never been to this chain before. First of all, you can't help but be struck by the beautiful, bright interiors. But it's more than colourful tiles and pretty baskets. The food is delicious. There was a lot on offer, but I tried the hommos, falafel, grilled lamb and chicken wings. And I had to sneak in some sweet almonds (sugared almonds). These were a favourite of mine as a child, and every time I eat them I feel like I am eight years old.
Last, but certainly not least, was Côte Brasserie. There we relaxed with dessert wine and pudding. I had a pot of the dark chocolate mousse, which I can confirm was decadent. We were also served a pot of creme caramel. To be honest, this is not a pudding I would ever order. But I tried it in the spirit of the evening. And I was pleasantly surprised. I was actually more than pleasantly surprised. I loved it, and ate every last drop.
I really enjoyed my evening at the Kingston riverside. The riverside restaurants add a lovely European feel to the area. I dine out in Kingston town centre quite regularly (with my family and with girlfriends). All these restaurants have children's menus - perfect for families, and tasty cocktails - perfect for nights out with your friends/partner.
I was invited to try out some of the restaurants on the Kingston riverside for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.