I visited the brand-new addition to Drake & Morgan’s Refinery Brand, The Refinery CityPoint.
I’d heard about The Refinery restaurants by Drake & Morgan, so I was excited to try out the latest addition to the group. The Refinery CityPoint has a sleek and elegant decor with statement wallpapers and cosy faux fur on the seats. We visited on a Wednesday evening at 6.30pm and the restaurant and bar were buzzing.
We joined in with the city workers and I ordered a Mojita Colada, an unusual mix of a mojito and pina colada. This cocktail was blended with Koko kanu rum, pineapple, mint, lime & vanilla sugar. The Mojita Colada is the perfect spring/summer drink with coconut and mint flavours which made me feel excited for the summer season (and also long to be sitting on a beach somewhere!). My guest went for a very British, London Spritz, a refreshing concoction of Tanqueray gin, cucumber, elderflower, apple, mint & soda.
The menu at The Refinery is simple and fuss-free with a large range of dishes to choose from. To start we decided to share the Chicken Satay (£6.25) and Crispy Squid (£6.50).
The chicken was delightfully soft and smothered in a deliciously creamy and buttery peanut sauce – being a huge peanut lover I could not get enough. The Crispy squid was equally as tasty. It was fresh and flavoursome with a light pepper seasoning, and it came with a wonderful lemon mayonnaise.
Feeling very impressed by our starters, we were keen to order our mains. As well as wonderful food so far, we were very impressed with the prices too. People often assume London is overpriced and expensive but The Refinery’s menu features a variety of dishes at affordable prices and typical of your usual chain restaurant.
Struggling to decide what to order we decided on ordering two mains which we would share, so we could really get a taste for the culinary delights that The Refinery had to offer.
So we went for the Wagyu Burger with blue cheese and tomato chutney (£13.95) with Sweet potato fries (£4.50) and the Halloumi burger with humus, red pepper and flat mushroom (£8.95) and Roman fries which were sprinkled with parmesan, truffle and rosemary (£4.50).
I loved that The Refinery had a selection of fries to choose from and the Roman fries allowed me to fulfil my truffle cravings, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
With my guest and I both being huge halloumi fans, we adored the halloumi burger. The only downside that there were only around 2 slices in the burger and considering its size, it definitely could have done with a bit more!
The Wagyu burger did not disappoint (apart from it too could have included a larger piece of meat), the Wagyu was juicy and the blue cheese and tomato gave it an incredible boost of flavour and had me craving more.
The mains washed down well with a Herbal Remedy cocktail (£9.95). A powerful blend of Pampero rum, velvet falernum, yellow chartreuse & rosemary bitters. I loved that each cocktail list stated what glass each cocktail came in, as this is something I normally like to know when ordering a cocktail but the menu rarely states.
We couldn’t resist ordering from the dessert menu as there were so many wonderful options to go for. My guest ordered the Eton Mess (£5.95) which we were told by the staff was one of the best dishes on the menu. The portion was extremely generous , so generous in fact that even with my help we were completely defeated. The dish was great although very very sweet and could have done with a few strawberries.
If you read my restaurant reviews regularly then you will know that chocolate brownies are my guilty pleasure. So it was no surprise when I went for the Chocolate brownie (£5.95) and it was just how I’d dreamed it would be – soft, moist, gooey and ever so chocolately. I could not fault this pudding at all!
All in all, a perfect girly dinner and catch up was had at The Refinery. All of the staff were so friendly and bubbly, the bar was busy with a great atmosphere and each dish was fantastic and affordable. It’s definitely a place I would return to for a few cocktails or for a laid back dinner with friends.
1 Ropemaker St
The Refinery CityPoint is open Monday to Wednesday 7.30am – 11pm and Thursday-Friday 7.30am – Midnight.