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THE RIVER ROOM: Café & Private Dining — RHINO LOUNGE: Bakery & Coffee Shoppe

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Owners Jess Jazey-Spoelstra and Harmen Spoelstra opened The River Room and put Museum London on the local dining map. This exceptional lunch and brunch spot reflects Jess’ culinary philosophy “to create exceptional food at reasonable prices,” with lots of New York-style bravado. Since 2014, the stylish Rhino Lounge Bakery & Coffee Shoppe has been know for its sleek ambience, creative menu, specialty coffees and outstanding baked goods.

The Scene

Available Evenings for Private Dining

The River Room offers outstanding food and service in a stunning space with fabulous views of the The Forks of the Thames and the old courthouse. Jess Jazey-Spoelstra’s sophisticated design sensibility is reflected in the cuisine as well as the stylish and relaxed interior. The ambience is warm and friendly, with glass, leather and linen textural elements. The dining room features an attractive curved bar at the entrance. Beautiful photos pay homage to the owners’ days in New York City.

Menu Highlights

At lunch, Chef’s features include a Pastrami Reuben sandwich — essential New York deli — with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing and crispy dills. East Coast Lobster Roll with celery, scallion, mayo and topsider bun quickly became a signature dish. House Cured Smoked Salmon with two potato latkes, crème fraîche and fried capers is a classic, or try the Warm Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Tart with seasonal greens. The Vegan Buddah Bowl includes rice noodles, Thai peanut sauce, pickled vegetables, sesame, cucumbers,and avocado.

East Coast Lobster Roll

Both locations take dessert offerings to a whole new level. Decadent Chocolate Cake with fudge frosting and Carrot Cake with cream cheese icing are beautifully executed. Try the River Room’s signature Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée and the Rhino’s Brookies (brownie meets cookie). Cronut Thursdays draws devotees to the Rhino for the latest interpretation of this croissant-donut delicacy. Also recommended are the Rhino’s vegan offerings, including Mac ’n Cheese, Sausage Rolls, Cheesecake and Dutchies.

The River Room has over a dozen dishes on the Brunch prix fixe menu ($27), including a classic Cobb Salad with grilled chicken, bacon, blue cheese, hard-boiled egg and chopped tomato & cucumbers. Their bestselling Eggs River Room with mini Maryland crab cakes and poached eggs on toasted brioche is served with Hollandaise sauce, roasted potatoes and greens.

Contemporary Casual Fine Dining & Café

421 Ridout Street North
(within Museum London)

519-850-2287

HOURS: TUES–FRI 11:30 am–3 pm
SUNDAY 11:30 am–3 pm

Open for Dinner during Londonlicious

LUNCH: $9– $22
BRUNCH: $27 Prix Fixe

theriverroom.ca

 

 

 

 

Daily Lunch Specials
Feature Vegan Quiche at Brunch
Meeting Room Amenities Available
Open Evenings for Private Dining

THE RHINO LOUNGE 519-850-5111

HOURS: TUES–WED 11:30 am–4:30 pm
THURS 11:30 am–8:30 pm
FRI–SUN 11:30 am–4:30 pm

Open Evenings for Private Events
Meeting Room Amenities Available
Cronut Thursdays

 

Smoked Salmon & Potato Latkes

Lemon Tart with Raspberry Purée

Cronut Thursdays at Rhino Lounge

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