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We visited BFI before attending a jazz evening at the Waterloo Vaults. The BFI restaurant is under Waterloo bridge right on the river. There are tables outside both in summer and winter (with heaters in the winter) and then a large restaurant on one side with the bar on the other.

We had not booked but fancied a casual non chain restaurant affair – which is quite hard to find on South Bank. While it is owned by Benugo, being based in the BFI gives the place a real unique feel. 

The waitress thankfully found a free table for us and we sat and took in our surroundings. It is an open plan restaurant with the kitchen visible from the restaurant area. We took a look at the menu which is English in cuisine. Note the bar serves some fabulous bar snacks including squid, lamb kebabs and chicken thighs.

We ordered the salmon fillet with root vegetables and spring cabbage and the steamed mussels with cider and sour dough.  My salmon was perfectly cooked; served on a large wooden board and a bed of salad,  it was a lovely light meal. The mussels came out steaming and were deliciously juicy and flavoursome. This was soaked up with the heavy sour dough.

We have to say nothing until this point went wrong but we did hear two other tables moan that they ordered different dishes or the service was too slow but we disagree . However it would not be fair not to mention the long wait we had for the bill – which we just assumed they had forgotten.

 We really enjoyed our meal and although the service was a little …forgetful… it was certainly pleasant. The atmosphere by the Thames is relaxed, arty and casual. The food was freshly made and well cooked and flavoured. We were satisfied, now off for the Jazz!

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