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Take in river views and some mouth watering dishes at Hithe and Seek

  • June 9, 2024
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Take in river views and some mouth watering dishes at Hithe and Seek

Hithe and Seek, couldn’t be better placed for a quick bite after the office, or a more leisurely meal on the River Thames at the weekend. Huge floor to ceiling windows offer sprawling river-facing views of the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre and The Shard. The perfect place to unwind after a long day at the desk.

Overseen by The Westin London City Head Chef, Fabio De Paolis, who first joined the team in 2021. Fabio, whose previous position was at the Mandarin Oriental, took inspiration from around the globe when designing the menu. Expect a combination of flavours inspired by countries such as: Italy, France, China and Algeria. Diners can expect a modern take on traditional recipes that are surprisingly tasty.

The wine and food menus are carefully split into two sections – Hithe; featuring a selection of familiar favourites and Seek showcasing unique flavours hand-picked for diners looking to expand their palate. There is an eclectic wine list, made up of 80 references. The house red is the Drifting Old Vine Zinfandel. This rich and bold red has deep flavours of blackberry and plum with a black pepper spice that leaves a silky finish, complementing the meat dishes perfectly. From the food menu, my personal favourites were the lamb scotch egg with tzatziki, from the Old World section and the tuna tartar tacos, from the New World.

The scotch egg, inspired by Scottish and Turkish cuisine, had a crispy coating, succulent lamb, seasoned with Middle Eastern spices and a perfectly runny egg. Add to this, the cool, sharp creamy tzatziki and you have the perfect mouthful.

The Mexican tuna tartar tacos comes with avocado puree, chives and finger lime. The ingredients work well given the unusual combination. One serving has three tacos, which is worth noting if you are sharing between two people. I recommend a portion each!

Food is served tapas style with small plates to share. This is an ideal way to try many different dishes. There are larger sharing platters based around either meat, cheese or bread. Perfect for a light bite with drinks. 4-5 small plate are recommended for parties of two and will cost between £14-18 each. The cocktail menu includes a selection of unique mixes as well as the classics, all priced at £18. The bar staff were also happy to mix an off menu favourite. The margaritas are great and go perfectly with the tuna tartar tacos. There are also some excellent non-alcoholic choices. The “Seek Me Honey” is a particularly delicious concoction of Everleaf Marine, Westin Honey, Orange Juice, Fever Tree Italian Blood Orange Soda.

Hithe and Seek itself embodies the duality of its menu, boasting an intimate, relaxing setting, where you can enjoy a bottle of good wine whilst watching the world go by across the Thames. Yet, on a Thursday nights expect a live DJ, pumping tunes and fantastic cocktails as you watch the sun go down and the city lights go up.

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Natalie Shanahan

Natalie Shanahan has a BSc in Genetics and a MSc in Bioinformatics. She worked as a lecturer, teaching genetics and biochemistry, before moving to Australia to work for their first Bioinformatics company. Here she managed their marketing as well as working on their numerous educational resources. Natalie left her career in science to follow her passion and now works as a personal trainer and nutrition consultant, helping individuals and employees of large organisations better understand their health and wellbeing.

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