Dinner in the Dark

Last night we celebrated our son’s 23rd birthday with dinner in Skylon, a restaurant that’s atop the Royal Festival Hall.

As soon as we arrived there were knowing winks all round because this was a classy place and the family immediately sussed we were on another  Top Table 50% off the cost of dinner deal. A lot of top restaurants are offering discounts in these lean times but some we’ve been to some recently that  don’t enter into the special offer spirit with all their hearts. 

Like Paradise by Way of Kensal Green in London. Although they took 50% of f our food bill as per the advertised special offer, they then levied their service charge on the full price of the food  before disount.  Very sniffy they were when I queried this 25% service charge.  They reluctantly said they would refund it,  but directly from the pocket of our hardworking and good humoured waiter ! I declined their ungenerous offer and won’t be going there again….

Then there was the Blue Elephant ,  a fantastical Thai eaterie in Fulham with giant palms and waterfalls.  We posed for a family photograph on a bridge across a running stream inside the restaurant . It should have been a wonderful experience but we were all  dizzy with hunger after our meal because the set menu deal, again half price, was for less than half portions. Our plates  arrived dressed beautifully with plastic flowers and fruits and after we  swallowed our portions in a single mouthful we gave the accessories a good gnawing, too. It’d be a great night, a blow out,  for The Borrowers.

Anyway back to Sklyon last night , the lighting was so moody that we thought the restaurant was closed when we first arrived because it was in semi darkness.A waiter kindly led us to our table and the six of us, squinting to see,  formed a conga style line behind him to  grope our way towards it. I accidentally put my hand on another diner’s head trying to find the back of my chair. He was a fan of hair gel andI don’t know if he was annoyed because it was too dark to see the expression on his face.

Once seated the birthday boy had to read the menu to us (thank goodness for his young gimlet eyes) because short of taking it out into the foyer or the well lit loo his dad and I could not see well enough to do it ourselves. My conspiracy theory is that Skylon dim the lights  low to keep out the unglamourous unyoung. 

One good thing about the low lighting was that we looked amazing for the few hours we were in there.  Bags under the eyes, wrinkles and blemishes melted away in the candlelight. I didn’t need to see my Mai Tai cocktail to love it, ace company and no cooking or washing up….perfick.

2 comments to Dinner in the Dark

  • Debbie

    I read in last night’s London Lite that David Suchet was seen dining at Skylon….

  • admin

    Seen ? By someone wearing night vision glasses, maybe ! x