A new summer menu at South Bank’s Next Door Kitchen and Bar has ensured that dining on Little Stanley Street remains interesting.
This modern restaurant provides a comfortable, chic environment, with sleek black walls and nicely contrasting funky orange décor. It houses both indoor and outdoor dining areas and a well-stocked wall of spirits that is a bit of a showstopper at the bar.
From the new lunch menu we tried the saffron linguine, with prawns, scallops, a tomato chilli salsa and lemon.
The sauce in this dish was rich and buttery, and was an absolute delight. The prawns and scallops were fresh and perfectly cooked so that the seafood still had some firmness to the texture.
We also tried the shredded beef brisket burger with American red cheddar, red slaw, and smoked chilli aioli on a toasted brioche bun with fries.
This was a very moreish burger, with fall-apart meat that just oozed taste. The red cheddar was ridiculously tasty with a hyper-cheesy flavour, and the smoked chilli aioli was creamy and decadent, and just melted through the meat.
Other lunch items include a carved New York sirloin with fondant potato, pancetta crisp, truffle butter and cress. Or try the Szechuan pepper calamari with smoked sea salt, Vietnamese salad and a coconut lime dressing.
Desserts have also undergone a recent revamp, with options including a dark chocolate marquis with Nutella soil and blood orange sorbet, or there’s also a caramelised apple and passionfruit crumble with cognac custard and Chantilly cream.
We tried the roast white chocolate cheesecake with a sour cherry gel and vanilla fairy floss.
This was a deconstructed cheesecake, that was rich and creamy which contrasted nicely with the unique sour cherry gel which was used as a base. It was a very pretty dish, topped with fresh edible flowers.
We also tried the raspberry bavaois with lavender shortbread and a yoghurt sorbet. Perfect for the warmer months, this dessert was light and fruity, and the yoghurt sorbet was a nice cool and creamy side.
Next Door Kitchen and Bar can be found at Shop B11, Little Stanley Street in South Bank, and is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.