Three O Two at H10 London Waterloo | London (UK)

A modern restaurant using good quality ingredients, staying loyal to their Spanish roots – with staff to match – at ridiculously reasonable prices!

H10 London Waterloo is located on Waterloo Road, just a 5 minute walk from Waterloo Station. A newly built 4* hotel and part of the H10 Group. The H10 group has it’s origin in Spain, owns over 60 hotels in 19 destinations and is currently expanding throughout Europe and the Caribbean.. Three O Two is the restaurant of H10 London Waterloo. A modern, yet friendly restaurant with a Spanish oriented kitchen.

The restaurant menu offers a range of 20+ Tapas (at £4.90-£12) and also 2 Pasta dishes (at £11-£12), 3 Paellas (at £11.90-£13.90), 4 Meat dishes (at £16-£19.90) and 4 Fish dishes (at £16.20-£16.90), 7 Desserts (at £4.95-£6) and a Cheese board (at £9.50). All very reasonable prices, especially for a downtown London hotel.

We were there last weekend and booked with a Red Letter Days voucher for a Seven-Course Tapas and Cocktails for Two at H10 Waterloo Sky Bar. This voucher was only £79 and I must admit that our expectations were not that high.

We started off at the hotel’s Sky Bar on the eighth floor. Fortunately the weather was nice, so we could have our drinks outside on the terrace, with a nice view over London and the city skyline.

Cocktails in the Sky Bar

The voucher said we would get the Cocktail of the Day, but we were given the drinks menu and could choose any of the cocktails on there. We both had a gin & tonic (of course) and enjoyed the view.

When the staff informed us that our table was ready, we went down to the first floor where the restaurant is located. We were seated at one of tables in the spacious restaurant. But not much later the waiter informed us that one of the tables at the window came available and offered us to move to that table, which we did. Very nice of the staff to do that without us asking.

The waiter explained the menu and informed us that a glass of wine was also included with the voucher! The white wine was a Chardonnay, but as we are not really a fan of Chardonnay, the waiter immediately offered to make an exception and offered a Sauvignon Blanc instead. Really nice and customer-friendly.

Beef Carpaccio with shaved Manchego cheese, truffle oil, rocket and a crusty focaccia

All tapas courses were served to share. The first to arrive was a beef carpaccio. Not too thinly sliced and served at good temperature (often served too cold). With a proper olive oil on the table it was very enjoyable.

Toasted bread with Arbequina olive oil, fresh tomato, garlic & marinated olives

The Spanish bruschetta was okay and the marinated Gordal olives were very nice indeed.

Spanish Iberian ham

Iberian ham was also from a good quality. Good start with these first 3 tapas. A lot more and of better quality than I expected actually!

Warm salad with red peppers, artichokes and hazelnut vinaigrette

Fresh, crisp, salad with a smooth cream cheese and a touch of smoked paprika. It wasn’t warm though, so I guess the warmth coming from the smoked paprika.

Bravas potatoes with Brava hot sauce
Galician style Croquettes of Pork, Chickpeas and Cabbage Stew

Patatas Bravas with the, very tasty, Brava sauce served separately. The pork croquettes were excellent. Great filling and great texture. Big portion as well!

Iberian Secreto with crunchy Paja potatoes and red wine reduction

Properly grilled pork with good seasoning. Lovely. Very thin crispy potato stick underneath. Well done and very tasty!

Grilled Stone Bass with Barley and Shitake Mushroom Risotto

Fish well seasoned again and good cuisson. The skin could have been a bit crispier and the barley a bit warmer, but again a very nice dish. Really enjoying it.

Strawberry Caipirinha in textures

After the seven tapas dishes, two desserts followed. Strawberry cream with strawberry ice cream and strawberry compote. A very berry dessert. Creamy and not too sweet.

Chocolate coulant with vanilla ice cream

Rich chocolate with a gooey center. Classic combination with the vanilla ice cream and a bit of pistachio. A real guilty pleasure.
All dishes were of very descent proportions, so we struggled to finish the desserts. We were just completely satisfied and didn’t even have room left for coffee!

The waiting staff were very pleasant and helpful. That also goes for the staff at the Sky Bar by the way. And the fact that they offered us a nicer table without us asking and the switch of the white wine also showed that they care and want to contribute to a nice experience for the guests. Very attentive and hospitable.

We had a great evening. Pleasantly surprised by the quality of the dishes and actually by the whole experience. When I compare this to the bad experience we had at Oblix East at the Shard, just a stones-throw away from here, then it’s just from another world. Oblix may be higher in the London sky and the prices may be (much) higher as well, but the quality and experience was not even in sight of the level of Three O Two.

Three O Two is a modern restaurant using good quality ingredients, staying loyal to their Spanish roots with staff to match. And I really can’t believe the value for money! We had a gin & tonic and a glass of wine each, seven course tapas and two desserts at less than £40 per person. Those are ridiculously reasonable prices! I recommend paying them a visit when in London.