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      Tried & tasted: Rail House Café

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      London Victoria is home to an exquisite array of restaurants and it’s here where you can find the Rail House Café. Jade Burke sits down to taste some of its global dishes with a healthy twist.

      International dishes with a unique twist are what the Rail House Café prides itself on, and I can see why as I browse the food and cocktail menu. Diners can sip on the Pineapple Express or Saffron Spritz, while tucking into some healthy alternatives including the lentil and okra curry. It’s fantastic to see a venue choosing to champion healthy options that are not dull, as well as comfort foods, such as the divine red velvet cake, that everyone craves.

      Inside, the venue is just as interesting as its food offering. It features Colonial era details and custom-made furniture that sports concrete and 21st Century sheer glass. The open-plan layout welcomes guests, while the ground floor is dominated by a circular bar where cocktail and wine enthusiasts can sample some exciting concoctions.

      Before we settle down to order our meals, I felt I needed some assistance with my white wine choice, and soon enough the café’s sommelier was at our table with three options for me to try. Wine selection made, we moved on to decide our starter. I opted for the crispy baby squid, while my guest chose the soy and honey pork belly.

      “After opening in March 2017, the Rail House Café certainly has put itself on the map as a restaurant that has turned healthy recipes into exciting and delicious dishes that everyone can savour.”

      For my main I picked the coconut chicken and rice. I’m a lover of all things coconut so I couldn’t resist trying this, while my dinner guest chose the 10oz sirloin steak. Sadly, the meat did taste a little charred, which dominated the flavour, however the rest of the dish was without fault.

      The Rail House Café certainly isn’t short on space, with the ground floor offering ample areas for large groups or tables for two. Plus, there is also a private dining room known as The Cabin for diners to hire. Up to 16 guests can be catered for in here, either for breakfast or dinner and meetings. It’s secluded just enough to not be disturbed, but not too far away that you miss out on the hustle and bustle of this exciting venue.

      Our final course is now ready for us; vanilla cheesecake and strawberries for me and orange sorbet for my guest.

      After opening in March 2017, the Rail House Café certainly has put itself on the map as a restaurant that has turned healthy recipes into exciting and delicious dishes that everyone can savour. If you’re seeking an alternative venue with plenty of character, head to the Rail House Café for your next outing.

      Good for:
      Health-conscious foodies
      Original cocktails
      Private dining
      Breakfast meetings
      Group bookings

      What we ate:
      Crispy baby squid £8.00
      Soy and honey pork belly £8.00
      Coconut chicken and rice £14.00
      10oz sirloin £25.00
      Vanilla cheesecake £7.00
      Orange sorbet £4.00

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