One of the problems in going back to old favorites after a few year's absence is that one's memories are often better than the current experience. Happily, that wasn't the case with our recent visit to the Archduke.
It was just as we remember it, a bit artsy in atmosphere with the occasional train rumble over head, an attentive wait staff and good food well prepared. The restaurant is conveniently located close to the South Bank Complex with the National Theatre, Festival Hall and the Cinema museum. I had a pre-theatre lunch off the set menu with a live tart, braised and seared pork belly and an "apple pie." The tart and pork belly were flavorful and unctuous. I put pie in quotes because, to an American, it wasn't really a pie but more like an apple cake with chunks of apple. That said, it was an A+ desert, light, sweet and served with a warm crème anglaise. My only complaint, if you could call it that, was that it was rather rich for a pre-theatre repast! Fortunately, "The Elephantom" at the the NT Shed was lively enough to keep me awake!
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