Before the fast approaching end of the summer Kensington Mums had the pleasure to experience this amazing pop-up restaurant.
The team of well known seafood restaurant The Melusine came up with this amazing idea of having an exclusive dining space, literally on the water under a canopy, located on the marina of the St. Katharine Docks. For only six weeks you can delight in the abundance of fresh seafood such as oysters, langoustines, crabs, ceviche, taramosalata, scallops and octopus, all sustainably sourced from across the British Isles as well as roasted fish. So, hurry up before they leave!
They offer an extensive drinks menu featuring wines and cocktails such as their signature cocktail “The Avalon” and a great variety of gins.
Walking through the lovely St Katharine Dock already fills you with anticipation about the whole experience; especially as you have to go across a little bridge to get to where the Avalon is located.
You arrive at a canopy and there is a little gate which is closed. You ring the bell and a member of staff comes to welcome you and leads you to the bridge that will bring you to the floating platform housing the tables and bar. With a simple decor yet very elegant and absolutely lovely, it is indeed the perfect place for a date as it is very romantic, as well as a family outing or gathering with friends.
We had the opportunity to select our table and we decided to sit close to the edge right next to the water. I can tell you that it was simply lovely. A gentle breeze blowing and you can imagine yourself being on a boat as it rocks slightly.
They give you a card which you need to scan and the menu loads onto your phone browser for your own convenience and ease to use specially nowadays with Covid -19 as no one really wants to touch anything that was handled by someone else.
We started off with their famous The Avalon cocktail, a dirty mermaid gin martini with lemon and decorated with a thyme fig – very refreshing and also a Hendrick’s gin with cucumber served in a lovely glass field with ice – perfect drink for a summer afternoon. We also tried their Bathtub Gin, I loved this combination, a passion fruit and lemon cocktail.
Their menu is divided into four sections: raw bar, small plates , big plates, and sides. We decided to go with a variety of their small plates to have a taste of their menu. We started with Taramosalata that came with delicious baked sourdough toasts and some black olives. It was very light and did not have the overpowering taste of the fish roe. We had as well the Fillet of rainbow trout that came with cauliflower couscous and fennel. It was cooked perfectly – crispy skin and flaky flesh. The Torbay prawns with garlic and red pepper mayonnaise came with the skin and are to be eaten whole – we tried them but preferred not to not eat them with the head. Very crunchy and tasty. The Crab endive was delicious with a little chilli served with the crab dip and fresh bread. The Octopus came with red peppers, tomatoes and chorizo, a strange yet perfect combination that fused both flavours. The octopus was superb. My favorite was the hand dived scallops with pickled kohlrabi and moli samphire, which was simply amazing. We also had the potato wedges that were very crispy with oregano parsley and sea salt.
To close this lovely meal we shared a white chocolate mousse with British strawberries and fresh basil. Now this is a total must order dessert – you need to try this as it is heaven on earth. Very creamy pure softness – the perfect sweetness mixed with the strawberries that were a little tart made it a great closure to this amazing meal.
Please ensure you book your table at The Avalon as it is a guaranteed nice and delicious time. We were so glad to try it out during day time but I am sure it can also be lovely in the evening with all lit up.
They are open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only until the end of September.
For more information please go to www.skdocks.co.uk/whats-on