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RS Lounge, East London

RS Lounge (the RS stands for Rising Sun) is a new destination venue for East London. Set out over 2 floors, RS Lounge boasts 3 lounges, 2 VIP areas, 2 bars and 3 outside terraces!

20 New Woodford Rd,
East London
E17 3PR

Review by Siobhan McCann

RS Lounge is situated near to Epping Forest, the visually arresting glass building commands spectacular views of the stunning natural environment. The second floor is reached via an impressive 16.3 ton winding glass staircase - just don’t look down if you‘re scared of heights!

A minimalist ‘white and glass’ décor theme is noticeable throughout, with attention paid to every detail. There is a large wood decking terrace located at the rear where you can dine on fine summer evenings - we were seated in the upstairs lounge in large comfy chairs as it was cold when we visited, but outside dining is encouraged in fine weather.

RS Lounge have created a menu with a great range of food, sprinkled with an international fusion to spice things up! The menu is not traditionally packaged, in that it is not split into starters, mains and desserts - it is ordered purely as Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian. This means that there is a wide choice of meals to suit both groups and is much easier to navigate. I also noted that the produce is ethically sourced from local farmers and suppliers - bravo RS Lounge!

To eat, I chose the grilled salmon with buttered asparagus and dill dressing (served on the side) with dill potatoes. The salmon was cooked to perfection - soft and fluffy - and was not overpowered with too many flavours. The portions were also agreeable - two salmon fillets as standard! My guest enjoyed a supreme of chargrilled chicken, marinated with garlic infused olive oil, lemon juice and spices. This was served with a generous helping of mint and mango dipping, which added to the taste sensation. The chicken was soft, tender and flawlessly flavoured - thumbs up! To share, we also tried one of the six house salads and a carrot naan from the menu’s selection of breads. The tomato, avocado and mozzarella salad with balsamic olive oil and basil dressing was fresh, tasty and simple - as a salad should be. The carrot naan was wonderfully different and surprisingly light, and was served with a reviving mango dip.

To drink, we ordered a bottle of Gavi di Gavi La Toledana, Domini Villa Lanata with our meal, which was light and refreshing. There is a comprehensive wine list, featuring a varied and interesting selection from across the globe with plenty of choices from £12.50 a bottle upwards.

In place of dessert we decided to sample one of the popular cocktails RS Lounge have to offer - the Long Island Iced Tea, averagely priced at £6.95, provided a zesty, juicy burst of flavour to fortify us on our homeward journey!

To sum up, the RS Lounge has a glamorous, yet relaxed atmosphere and has managed to achieve that wonderful balance of feeling incredibly exclusive, but also somewhere you feel free to relax and unwind with friends. Friendly staff, professional service, great food and clever design have added a touch of Hollywood Hills to South Woodford! Go visit - I promise you won’t be disappointed.

The venue is situated close to South Woodford Tube (a mere 10 mins from Liverpool Street Station on the Central Line) and there is a VIP car park situated at the rear of the building. The venue can also arrange for chauffer service or taxis for its guests.

A meal for two with a bottle of wine is around £25 a head.

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