Reviewed by Veronika Royle
Tucked away on the grounds of Bray Marina in Maidenhead, you will find the Riverside Brasserie. This newly re-opened upmarket restaurant was recently (30th April 2014) taken over by new owners and re-opened.
It is idyllically located next to the river and with easy access to mooring boats, or if you are local with onsite parking (for cars and bicycles) for those of us who don’t quiet own a boat yet.
Chris, the front-of-house waiter, who recently joined from a South Kensington Restaurant was extremely welcoming, could read our minds and was available literally to wait on our hands and feet. He knew that I really wanted to sit outside, yet not be cold – the weather was not quiet playing ball and clearly didn’t get the message that it was June already. With seating being available outside with beautiful and very comfortable outdoor furniture or alternatively inside the restaurant, Chris helped us make a decision quickly. We decided to sit outside – with the comfort of knowing that snug blankets are available should we get cold and patio heaters were available too.
The menu is not extensive but reads very well with seasonal dishes available and when undecided, ask Chris. He makes very good suggestions when it comes to both wines, as well as food.
Whilst choosing food we ordered bread and olives – each were charged at £3.50. It came as a little bit of a surprise that the bread came sliced with a drizzle of olive oil already sprinkled on the bread as we are so used to dunking bread in oil and balsamic vinegar, however the olives made up for it big time.
So I decided on a seasonal dish: Asparagus with a poached egg and sauce hollandaise whilst my husband chose the Beef Carpaccio. I was clearly not quick enough when taking the pictures as he had started tucking in before I could press the picture button – a good sign really.
Starter prices vary between £6 -£11, the Asparagus came in at £8.50 whilst the Carpaccio was £10.50. Both very delicious and cooked/ presented beautifully.
For mains we chose a 10oz Sirloin and a Lamb Rump. Potatoes, greens, chips etc… would all be extra from £4 up.
I have to admit that my medium-rare Sirloin steak had me underwhelmed as it was very overcooked. Although Chris, the waiter, immediately apologised and offered to get it changed I did not want to cause a fuss, but rather wanted to make the kitchen aware. The good news through were for my husband’s duck which was cooked absolutely perfectly pink with a very delicious jus. In fact the jus was so delicious that I am quite happy to admit that I used my pinky finger to lick the plate.
Having enjoyed our mains we were given some time to digest before venturing on to deserts. Whilst enjoying each other’s company I noticed the fillet steak that the table next to us had ordered. OMG this is what I should have ordered – next time for sure I will be ordering that. So I knew that my steak was just a one off and should not be the deciding factor of my review.
Deserts – you’re probably are looking forward to pictures… scroll back up… did you see what happened what I wasn’t quick enough with my husband’s starter. Well I can tell you deserts were soooooooo good and looked so delicious, that we simply tucked in and then realised way too late that I hadn’t taken pictures. Oh dear! So all I can say… go to the Brasserie yourself to try desserts. They are AWESOME and I don’t use that word likely. Deserts vary from the traditional cheeses to the cheesecake, chocolate cake to the well-known Eton Mess. We had a chocolate and vanilla cheesecake and the Eton Mess (on recommendation of Chris, who was so convinced that the Eaton Mess was good, that he promised he would never recommend it again if we didn’t like it!) I am happy to say – he continues to recommend the Eton Mess.
Now my husband and I enjoyed this rare night out and when enquiring on how kids’ friendly the brasserie was, Chris ensured us that Sunday Roasts are particularly popular with families. This was great news indeed and we try this place again with the kiddiewinkles, now that we know how to find it.
Overall I would say the meal was great if not a tad pricy therefore a 3.5/5
For more information, to view menus or to make a booking visit www.riversidebrasserie.com.
Monkey Island Lane, Bray, Maidenhead, SL6 2EA | 01628 780 553