Wine glasses gleam, cutlery sparkles, and the chocolatey walls and leather banquettes cosset and charm. Service is professional, the menu short and seasonal and seldom is a polished dessert fork put wrong. Magdalen is low-key enough to feel like a well-kept secret, but it’s also a favourite with clued-up City diners who know their gribiche from their gravlax.
There’s something old-fashioned about it, but the menu is adventurous too; few places would venture to list both kid (saddle and heart) and calves’ brains on the same menu. The latter – cloud-light, fried just-so and served with a punchy gribiche sauce – featured on the excellent-value set lunch menu. Ingredients shine; a starter of parma ham (from the Ham & Cheese Co at nearby Spa Terminus) was sliced transparently thin and served with a dollop of indulgent ricotta. Firm, perfect morels at the height of their short season came with sourdough toast, wild garlic and a poached duck’s egg.
For afters, there are cheeses from Neal’s Yard and grown-up desserts such as marmalade and whisky ice-cream. France is the focus of the well-chosen, mostly European wine list. A few tasting notes wouldn’t go amiss, nor would more choice by the glass, but otherwise it’s hard to find fault.
152 Tooley Street
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6.30-10pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: London Bridge tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £13.50-£25. Set lunch £15.50 2 courses, £18.50 3 courses|
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Amazing meal. Great produce and flavours. My wife and I read the reviews and had high expectations but we certainly got more than what we expected. Fantastic service and wonderful food. The menu is refined and not too long to ensure the best possible quality in each dish. Highly recommended!
Excellent food with attentive yet unobtrusive service. Surprisingly busy every time I visit - clearly the City suits have found out about this place. I've gone there for several lunches with both friends and colleagues, and everyone loves it. We once had a client lunch where we needed to be in and out in an hour, so I called in advance and expalined the situation. Once we arrived no further explanation was needed, and everything ran like clockwork. I really can't find fault with Magdalen: it might not be buzzy or trendy enough for everyone, but you don't come to Magdalen for cool, you come for good food.