The Table

Michael Franke
Venue says: "28th March: expect epic burgers, hard shakes, pancakes and a live DJ playing all the best rock 'n' roll swinging hits, all for Earth Hour!"
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This slick café not far from the Tate Modern serves excellent breakfasts and brunches. A chargrill dominates the open-plan kitchen, but those wanting something lighter than a cooked brekfast should look to the selection of fruit-yoghurt-muesli combos. Weekend brunches see the likes of buttermilk pancakes, sweetcorn fritters and The Table’s signature ‘stack’ featuring home-made baked beans, chorizo, poached eggs, hollandaise and red pepper pesto.

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The Table says
One of London’s best-kept secrets, The Table Cafe is a chic little eatery located a stone’s throw from Tate Modern, South Bank and Borough Market. Shaun Alpine-Crabtree, with partners from the architectural practice Allies & Morrison, founded the restaurant eight years ago and has recently overseen its evolution.

From the sleek open kitchen comes an eclectic mix of modern British cuisine, expertly prepared using locally sourced ingredients and complemented by a seasonal wine list. All the food is produced in-house daily, from the breakfast date and walnut bread to the signature burger with secret-recipe sauce.

Their brunch menu is a local favourite, while the evenings host an array of events.
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Venue name: The Table
Address: 83 Southwark Street
Opening hours: Breakfast served 7.30-11am, lunch served noon-3pm Mon-Fri. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat. Brunch served 8.30am-4.30pm Sat, Sun
Transport: Tube: Southwark or London Bridge
Price: Main courses £12-£15

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

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I go to The Table when I have what I call...The Hunger. You know The Hunger, where you're so hungry your soul is peckish. It's usually a Sunday, around 10am, and I'm so very hung over. I lurch in the door, knock aside the strategically placed copies of The Observer & Sunday Times and little pots of live herbs, trip over a Yummy Mummy's designer nappy bag and collapse onto a free bench, my derriere coming to rest on a nice little cushion. The menu is perused. What does my soul want to eat - is my psychic food desire for experience or substance? Do I need The Borough Full English to fill my belly to bursting? All those tasty bits from foodie paradise. It's massive but it's definitely the fry up you won't regret later as it's all good quality. Or do I need to hit up that huge pancake with the bacon and caramelised banana? All those sweet and salty tastes coming together in a scene that would make Sally blush. Ahh, the chorizo stack. The hollandaise does this weird astringent dance with the beans, which are sexy in themselves - all slow cooked with ham hock like they mean business. Cut across the poached egg and that gooey yolk runs down to mix with the chorizo, yeah there it is. That's the ticket. I wash it all down with a bucket of coffee, I digest while trying to maintain some kind of conversation with my partner who I'm silently cursing for his superhuman ability to process ethanol. Slowly the fog lifts and I return to some semi human state, ready to slink back to the couch with a lot of soda water and Netflix.

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Great for brunch; there was a good selection and it took a while to decide but there were no regrets for having settled on the full English followed by some banana bread - good quality and tasty. The service was friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere relaxed. Lovely cappuccinos too.

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Mmmm best brunch ive had for a while. In a moment of gluttony ordered the full English with poached eggs and a little hollandaise on the side and was not disappointed. Very friendly service makes a great start to a Saturday.

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BRUNCH: I used to love to go to The Table... Pancakes... eggs... everything was good. really good Then I left London for a year and when I came back (in September) I went to The Table. I was with some friends, who I had tell so many times how amazing the table was. horror! Something was missing. The eggs were sad... no real taste. But the worst was that there was a shell in my friend poached egg... It can happen to anyone, but I just don't think i'll go back to the table for brunch. Too bad because I don't know any other good place in SE1...

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I've eaten here many times, brought friends here and recommended it to others in the past. Went last night and it was barely recognisable. For a start we were the only people there - at 8pm on a Friday evening. We had to stand lurking in the doorway for ages before someone actually appeared and showed us to a table. I think we'd have walked there and then, but had arranged to meet friends there. The was no atmosphere, just a DJ for heaven's sake playing music that was intrusive and unwelcome. The lovely twinkly fairy lights have been taken down. The 'wine list' was an unfathomable scrap of A4 with an excel spreadsheet on it. The menu - normally creative, local, fresh, zucca-like thanks to their lovely head chef - was just not good enough: burger, fishcakes, caesar salad. I would go to more trouble if I was cooking for myself. The staff seemed edgy and amatuerish. We had one drink and left. I'm intrigued as to what's happened here, but whatever it is, it's not good. I have only given it one star rating as this website won't let me award none.

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Pretty poor service, I have eaten here once with friends and I ordered fishcake. I have found a couple of fish bones in my food and I accident swallowed one. When I pointed this out to the waiter, they said it was my bad luck. And you can expect bones in their fish cakes. Well, first of all, fish cake is a processed food which means you would normally expect the fish to have been de-boned. Secondly, it was not disclose anywhere in the restaurant or menu that you can expect bone from the fishcake. And lastly, they didnt even tell the Chef about this. It was just assumed that I am wrong/had bad luck! Food was okay but overall service is pretty poor!