April 2018: Mini Patel (previously of The Pointer restaurant in Brill, Buckinghamshire) has been appointed as chef-patron of D&D London’s Blueprint Café.
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A “wonderful location” with “great views over the Thames” is reason enough to visit what is now a stand-alone D&D group restaurant since the Design Museum headed west to Kensington. The food here has always tended to be “a bit hit and miss” and “unexciting”, and this year is no exception…
“The setting has lost none of its wow-factor” at this “river-view” dining room – a stunning vantage-point (binoculars are provided!) Since Jeremy Lee left a couple of years ago, some reports suggest the cooking has “lost its pizazz”, but ratings aren’t so bad, and in truth the food’s never been the main point here.
“If you can’t get romantic with the amazing views of the Thames and Tower Bridge here, best settle down to the single life!”; predictably though “it’s the venue that impresses” – even fans say the food “won’t blow your socks off”, and to critics it’s plain “lazy”.
“Ask for a window table, to enjoy the great view of the Thames” (and Tower Bridge) – the main reason to seek out this first-floor South Bank restaurant; the food is “good, without being great”, and service is on the “poor” side.
28 Shad Thames, Butler’s Wharf, London, SE1 2YD
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Mon 6 pm - 10.45 pm; Tue - Fri noon - 2.45 pm, 6 pm - 10.45 pm; Sun noon - 4 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm