When a chance to dine at The Yacht popped up, I just knew that I had to get a seat to try out some of the mouth-watering dishes available.
A short walk from Embankment or just across from Temple station sits the majestic yacht. With lights glistening in the dark waters of The Thames, The Yacht is hard to miss.
The head chef is Dumitru Fercal who showcases classic British dishes with European twists. All produce is locally sourced and brought in fresh daily.
Inside The Yacht, you are greeted with a luxurious dining area with floor-to-ceiling windows which showcase the panoramic views of London. The Yacht itself is filled with cool aquamarine tones and glitzy mirrors and before you are seated, you are greeted by a cool Art Deco-style cocktail lounge serving every cocktail possible.
To start our feast from the a la carte menu, I wanted something cold and light to sip on so I went for a Raspberry Crush by Luscombe which was delicious and fruity. My husband went for a lovely red wine which was rich and velvety with a hint of cinnamon and berries.
For starters, my husband went straight in for the house-cured Scottish salmon wrapped with cucumbers which had fresh scallop ceviche marinated in honey and chilli on top sitting on a slice of pink grapefruit. The salmon was soft and the cucumber brought texture to the soft salmon. The marinated ceviche was moreish and worked really well with the acidity of the grapefruit.
Being on a yacht on the River Thames, I fancied living the life and tucking into some first-class seafood. I went for the pan-fried seabass with a giant tiger prawn in a thyme and lemon butter surrounded by a yoghurt treacle sauce. It was topped up with delicious pickled carrot shavings which brought a nice zingy taste to the dish. The sea bass was cooked to perfection – the skin was crispy and the flesh itself was moist and fell away from the fork. The yoghurt treacle sauce was delicious and really brought the dish together.
Not able to resist a steak, my husband went for the fillet steak for his main course. It came accompanied by chargrilled asparagus, carrots, and truffle pomme puree. The steak was cooked beautifully – pink in the middle and melted in the mouth. The truffle pomme puree was absolutely divine and once I had a mouthful, I couldn’t stop stealing the rest of the mash. It was seasoned perfectly and had a rich butter and truffle combination making it a match made in heaven.
For my main meal, still going down the seafood theme, I went for one of my favourite pieces of fish – the turbot. The turbot was sous vided and came accompanied with parnsip puree, buttered samphire and lemon beurre noisette. The fish, as predicted, was beautiful. Meaty and flaky, it melted in the mouth. The parsnip puree gave the dish a nice sauce and the buttered samphire tasted fresh and crunchy against the soft fish. The lemon beurre noisette brought the whole dish together.
Even though we couldn’t fit in another mouthful, we were persuaded to try some of the homemade desserts that The Yacht had to offer. Being a lover of all cooked fruits, my husband went in for the apple tarte tatin with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a small jug of créme anglaise. The puff pastry was flaky and the apples cooked beautifully, soft enough to bite into yet still had a bite. The ice cream and créme anglaise worked well against the warm flaky pastry and apple.
Not able to resist chocolate, I went in for the dark chocolate basket filled with a white chocolate mousse. The handmade dark chocolate basket was rich and sweet. The basket was filled with creamy whipped white chocolate mousse and topped with some very cool chocolate artwork. The dessert topped it off for me and I was full to the brim but it was worth every last bite.
If you are looking for a special place to bring someone or celebrating a special occasion, The Yacht is the perfect place for this. What could be more special than a yacht on the river overlooking London’s best tourist attractions without being part of the hustle and bustle?
The Yacht London
Temple Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2R 2PN