Re­views in brief

The Wharf - - Style -

With the Blue­print Cafe yet to launch its Tan­queray ter­race, its sis­ter restau­rants along the Shad Thames strip al­ready have their sum­mer al­fresco spa­ces in place for D&D’s Blos­som City ini­tia­tive.

The three strips are all al­lied to one form of booze or an­other so may prove dis­tract­ing to din­ers head­ing for Mini Pa­tel’s es­tab­lish­ment.

Here’s why you should stop or pass on by.

But­ler’s Wharf Chop House

The as­tro­turf strips to the river­side edge of this es­tab­lish­ment are flavoured with Hen­dricks gin. Re­as­sur­ingly Bri­tish, the cock­tail we tried was a tad wa­tery on the tongue, per­haps in homage to the prox­im­ity of gal­lons of Thames rush­ing past.

Ver­dict: Walk on

Le Pont De La Tour

Stop here and Provence awaits in liq­uid form. Its ter­race tastes of French el­der­flower po­tion St Ger­main. Crisp and light, it’s a breath of sum­mer in the mouth and the only one of the three to ac­tu­ally fea­ture blos­soms in a mean­ing­ful form. Ver­dict: Power to the flow­ers

Cantina Del Ponte

Oh dear. Are we re­ally still do­ing plas­tic or­ange sun­glasses with Aperol Spritz? With so much in the way of aper­i­tivo to choose from, the Ital­ian sis­ter could try harder and, if not, at least be a lit­tle more gen­er­ous with the Aperol.

Ver­dict: Flat­line fizz

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