Rabot 1745

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Rabot 1745

Restaurant and bar overlooking Borough Market.

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Venue name: Rabot 1745
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Address: 2-4 Bedale Street
Borough Market
London
SE1 9AL
Opening hours: Open lunch noon-2.30pm Mon-Wed, noon-2.30pm Thurs and Fri, 11am-3pm Sat and Sun ; dinner 6-10pm Mon-Wed, 6-10.30pm Thurs-Sun
Transport: Tube: London Bridge
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Lise M
tastemaker

Chocolate lovers...This is PARADISE! 


You were dreaming about a place where everything was made of chocolate. No need to go very far! Located in the heart of Borough Market, Rabot 1745 is an unique restaurant offering a menu using cocoa as main ingredient. 

When my friend invited me to this place, I didn't know what to expect and was very curious about all the dishes on their menu. We ordered several dishes to share to be able to taste many flavours combinations. We had the Bois bande marinated chicken with roast sweet potato, pumpkin, cacao nib-peppercorn-rum sauce, the Mac & Cheese, and the white chocolate mash. Everything was very well cooked but the taste was surprising as well as disappointing. The chocolate flavour was very very subtle. You would have never thought chocolate was used in these dishes. 

For dessert, we had the BAFTA 2017 dessert with buffalo supermilk and blueberry and raspberry white cremeux which was quite stodgy, almond financier chocolate and  an AMAZING hazelnut hot chocolate. 

I recommend this place if you want to enjoy a quirky cuisine or simply have the most delicious and smoothest hot chocolate in town!

Chelsbun
tastemaker

Chocolate! Chocolates everywhere! With one of the most selective hot chocolate menus I've seen in London, this very cool cafe/restaurant on the edge of the borough market is a great little pit stop to warm up and I'm sure it has wonderful cold drinks too. You even get to see how some chocolate is made. Very yummy and there is a selection of hotel chocolate in store too.

Aude
tastemaker

Chocolate lovers are you here?


Rabot is the temple of chocolate south of the Thames; hot chocolates, especially the hazelnuts one, are delicious.


Their food menu was intriguing me and I wanted to eat at their restaurant for long. I've been there on Thursday before the easter weekend.


I found it pretty justified to start the weekend with a chocolate dinner; but was a bit disappointed.

Don't get me wrong, the food is good (except the mac and cheese which was not my taste at all) but I was struggling finding the too subtile chocolate notes in the food.


The desserts on the other side were nearly too strong in chocolate, and we did not finish our plates. I found no nuance in tastes and textures. We had the Bafta and the almond financier.


The Bafta was a bit too big, and the blueberry and raspberry cremeux, was more gelatinous than cremeux!

The Almond financier was really compact, and the chocolate was covering all the almond taste. The praline and the caramel stated on the description of the dish were as well disappearing in front of the chocolate.


This was not my best culinary experience in London, and I won't recommend it for dinner.

Lucrezia A
tastemaker

If you're a chocolate lover and would like to taste some in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, you should try Rabot 1745, just across London Bridge's station. Rabot is an institution for hot chocolate and chocolate-savory dishes alike, typical of the Caribbean's cuisine. It might seem a bit expensive to those not willing to spend much for an afternoon snack/ dinner, but I assure you that it is totally worth it. For what concerns hot chocolate they have a very wide choice , you can choose indeed, between Classic 70%, Milky, Salted Caramel, Chili Dark, Hazelnut and Coffee Chocolate and I would recommend Chili 70% Hot Chocolate, which is deliciously spicy or Classic 70%, equally good if you're not into spicy food. The price is £3.50 for a regular cup, but it always looks like a big cup to me, as it is filled up until the edges. Why should you choose Rabot for hot chocolate? Well, I like the fact that you can actually see that the process is completely artisanal (there's a machine constantly melting chocolate right next to the bar, in plain sight). Also, you can feel you're drinking real chocolate, the texture is indeed very smooth and creamy, filing you up with a delicious flavor you will remember for the whole day. If you're not into drinking chocolate on its own, you should try one of their pastries, I would suggest the lemon cake, which has a very strong flavor and perfume, being soft and light at the same time. Lastly, I've never tried Rabot's restaurant, but that's surely my next stop! 

Jenni H
tastemaker

I’ve been to Rabot before and had their Mac&Cheese which is absolutely heavenly! I’d also recommend the mash from the dinner menu as well! This time I thought I’d try out their brunch menu. I went for their cacao version of a full English, which was good, but not as impressive as some of the dishes I’d tried before on the dinner menu. My boyfriend chose much better than me with the pancakes, which included a triple chocolate dream of cacao nib butter, chocolate hazelnut spread and honey and roast nib whipped mascarpone – definitely for people with a sweet tooth! I’d recommend Rabot as a place to go for a treat, as it’s not cheap, but the cacao theme makes it an interesting place to visit. Always always always sit on the terrace!

Sarah J
tastemaker

Having been a few times, I think the service can be quite variable. On some occasions we've felt forgotten about, and on other nights it's definitely improved. On the whole I do feel service could be better. I think it's a great restaurant for those who like something different, as cacao is incorporated into every dish. They do cater for vegetarians and vegans, as the staff were really accommodating to some enquiries I made on behalf of some friends which I thought was really kind. The food and drink selections are great. It's located inside Borough market so you can choose to sit on the balcony. Even in the winter I prefer this as they offer blankets and outdoor heaters, and the view overlooks the interior of the market although the shops are closed down. It's only across the road from London Bridge station - so it's definitely conveniently located.

Claire G

If the idea of chocolate or cacao in every single dish leaves you feeling sceptical, you're not alone....but actually it's amazing. The highlight for me (other than the predictably amazing chocolate fondant dessert) was the white chocolate mash and pulled pork in a Yorkshire pudding as a starter. Genius.

Lizzie W
Tastemaker

I took my boyfriend here for his birthday as he loves chocolate!

The menu looked really great - finesse with cocoa aspects throughout so greatly themed and good for a special occasion
We shared some bread with cocoa nib butter and a terrine to start that was presented beautifully. For main we had a roast saddle of rabbit and rack of lamb. Flavours were great and presentation was beautiful! Really impressed even though average sized dishes.
Service was also good with nice but formal service who knew what they were talking about and could give good recommendations
Desserts were also lovely and well presented. Particularly recommend the chocolate genesis which is 8 different miniature desserts taking you through different strengths of cocoa. Amazing! 
To top it off I had 20% off whole menu as signed up to hotel so it made it a really reasonable and special meal
Both thoroughly enjoyed but wouldn't be able to afford to return again however they've changed their menu to slightly more casual with choices of salad etc so looking forward to going back
Also their brunch menu looks good!

MooseInLondon
Tastemaker

Took my mum here for her birthday and we were treated to complimentary prosecco. We booked for Friday around 12:30 lunch time and it was quite quiet, which was fun as we could overlook the bustling market below.


I had the duck terrine to start whilst my mother had the grilled portobello mushroom toastie. I highly enjoyed the chutneys served with the duck, and could taste hints of cacao (which is in everything). The toastie was also fabulous, with the goats cheese on top getting a few seconds under the broiler to get toasty and gooey.  


For our mains, we had veggie curry and the mac n cheese. I really enjoyed my root veg curry, with the sauce not being too heavy for lunch time. They had plenty of pickles and chutneys to add a bit of kick  to the palate. I was only able to swipe a bit of mac n cheese, but I suppose that speaks volumes!


Bit pricey for a 'normal' lunch-- for a special occasion it was pretty great!


We were a bit too full for dessert, but I was eying the truffles ^_^ 

Matilda Egere-Cooper

 I visited Rabot last Saturday for afternoon tea with a friend and we had a great time. The tea itself was delightfully unusual, including drink options such as hot chocolate and cocoa-infused herbal teas. The food - also cocoa-themed - went down a treat too; my favourite bits were the rare roast beef with horseradish and the chocolate and orange scones with cocoa whip. And shoutout to the cheesecake with the mulled wine jelly! For £20 quid, I thought we got our money's worth so if you're  looking a different experience, this is a good bet. 

#smac

I'd been looking for a good excuse to try Hotel Chocolat's cocoa-inspired restaurant, but was really disappointed in the end. Our waitress came across as pushy and mildly exasperated and unimpressed by people wanting to choose starters/mains in a way that suited their preferences. While the menu sounds really interesting, the execution is lacking. Most of the food we ordered was bland and average - falling far short of our expectations. I really don't think it was value for money at all.

On the plus side, the rum menu is interesting, the hot chocolate is delicious and the restaurant has nice ambience.

As it was my birthday I did get complimentary prosecco and a few chocolate truffles, which was nice, but couldn't make up for the bad service and substandard food. Needless to say, I won't be going back.

Sheens86
Tastemaker

Walking around Borough Market on a semi chilly evening, looking for some shelter to warm up whilst we waited to go to dinner and we came across this little gem of a restaurant/bar.

Unique in that all the items on the menu have cacao incorporated in some weird and wonderful way!

Lovely atmosphere with exposed lighting and lots of warm wooden features. The staff were very friendly and helpful in explaining the menu.

As tempted as we were to eat here instead of where we had booked, we refrained so we could come back another time but we did indulge in the salted caramel hot chocolate with a shot of rum and whipped cream - unquestionably satisfying on a cold, winter evening.

Nicky G
Tastemaker

When I walk in there's a mesmerising display of liquid chocolate being stirred at the counter, there's cacao beans scattered around, they're playing Bob Dylan, and you can get chocolate cream on your hot chocolate. There are limited seats, or maybe they're just incredibly full, but even so this hot chocolate is worth standing at the bar for.

Sarah R
tastemaker

Stopped by with a friend for an ice coffee and it was lovely. Stuff was very helpful and atmosphere is very relaxing.

Tara P
Tastemaker

I was very disappointed in my Saturday brunch at Rabot 1745. The decor and atmosphere were lovely, but the food was decidedly sub-par. 


First of all, they had run out of their signature dish - the pancakes. As pancakes are made from a simple combination of ingredients you would think they could whip something up. There was also no apology from the waitress. 


I then ordered the avocado and poached egg on sourdough, which was beautifully presented. Sadly that's where the positives end. The egg was hard, and the whole dish cold. I dined with two others, and whilst one was satisfied (her poached eggs were nicely cooked) the other was unhappy with their choice. 


The service was lackluster; no one asked about our meals whilst we were eating them - leaving no subtle opportunity to complain without seeking someone out. In all, I'd be reluctant to return. 

Laura B
Tastemaker

Have been here 3 times now. Food is excellent - all dishes have a chocolate 'twist' and are cooked to perfection. Cocktails are great too. Really well thought out and very tasty. Inside tables give more atmosphere - the terrace overlooks the market which is noisy during the day and closed at night - feels a bit like you are in a warehouse with the occasional pigeon coming past too. Ask for a table inside and you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to go again!

Katie McLady

I splashed out and had the tuna, a very good decision as it was just divine. A very relaxing atmosphere, and welcoming staff who are more than happy to go through the unique cacao accompanied menu. It's the Ideal location if you lose track of time, as London Bridge station is just round the corner. 

Rosanna P

Everything on the menu looked delicious and the dishes I chose certainly turned out to be. Also has an extensive rum menu which was appreciated. Good service.

Keith C

This was a wonderful place to spend an evening sampling some unusual dishes. I mean "Choc au Vin", chocolate mash. How was that supposed to work? Fantastically well as it turned out. A great atmosphere, excellent service. Definitely one to visit if you are in the area.

Isaac_Monama

Fantastic restaurant! Wide selection of great food and Rum. Love how chocolate/cacao is incorporated quite well in most dishes. Great addition to the dishes. The ambience is perfect for good evening dinner.