I am always impressed when I walk into a hotel restaurant and it doesn’t feel like a hotel restaurant.
A dining room that has to be light and fresh for breakfast cannot be easily transformed into an intimate dinner venue. Also, creating an atmosphere smart and luxurious enough for your guests, while remaining inviting to your local regulars is an art.
Provisioners, the restaurant of the new Dixon hotel achieves all of this admirably.
Entering directly from its’ Queen Elizabeth Street entrance, one wouldn’t know they were anywhere else, but in a sophisticated neighbourhood eatery. The interior has an underlying feeling of deco grandeur but is also modern in its makeup and the eclectic use of materials is a cleverly engineered success. Coming down from the hotel, the restaurant appears seamlessly from the wood panelled corridors and feels as exclusive as it should.
Food is a modern European affair and the winter menu is unpretentious and concise. We nibbled on oxtail croquettes while making our choices. Three types of steak were offered as specials.
My starter of smoked haddock risotto with soft boiled quail eggs was not only attractive and tasty, but was surprising generous. Perfect for a February evening. Duck, three ways followed. Rich, warming and beautiful presented. My guest had a very fine fillet steak, served on the bone.
When I return, I will be rounding of my dinner with a plum Sake. Although I couldn’t fault the stolen sip of Espresso Martini I sampled!
It’s the restaurant of The Dixon, but Provisioners is definitely the label on display and is positioned perfectly to both compliment and compete in the vibrant Tower Bridge community.
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