Review on RSJ Restaurant

Naming as restaurant after a 'rolled steel joist' might seem odd, but that's exactly what Nigel Wilkinson decided to do when he opened RSJ in 1980: the premises - a derelict Victorian stables - needed plenty of re-construction to make it viable, so the title seemed apt.

Since then, RSJ has become a redoubtable fixture of the South Bank scene and a favourite with culture vultures en route to the National Theatre and other artistic attractions. The clean-cut, first-floor dining room provides a cosy backdrop for food with a strong French accent. Menus change every few weeks and the kitchen buys wisely from British farmers, growers and producers - witness poached Denham Estate venison with potato and thyme galette and carrot purée or rump of new season's Welsh lamb with parsnip mash and rosemary jus. Fish also shows up well (line-caught sea bass might be served with buttered spinach and a warm clam dressing), while desserts could feature toffee and banana cheese cake with butterscotch sauce or coffee and Amaretti semifreddo with poached pear.

RSJ's trump card, however, is its matchless list of Loire wines. It's a hand-picked cornucopia of the finest stuff from some of the region's top producers and goes far beyond the familiar Sancerres and Muscadets; the sweet wines, in particular, are a dream. Nigel Wilkinson runs his own wine company, arranges tours and holds regular tastings.

RSJ Restaurant is also featured in: Good Food Guide, AA Guide

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Modern British / European


Alex Cano

Restaurant Opening Times

Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 5.30 - 11.00pm Mon-Sat

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Visa, Master Card, American Express

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Facilities at RSJ Restaurant

  • Pre theater meals
  • Private dining room
  • Private parties
  • Vegetarian menu
  • 90 covers
  • Family Friendly


RSJ Restaurant
33 Coin Street
South Bank
South East London

Nearest tube station: Waterloo

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