The Table Café

Restaurants, British Southwark
4 out of 5 stars
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A sleek after-work joint a stone’s throw from Tate Modern.

From a distance, the purple sign that hangs outside The Table looks a bit like the handwritten scrawl of the Slug & Lettuce logo. But inside, this is a neat, contemporary restaurant that feels smart enough for a couple of after-work sharpeners and some nibbles. That’s probably why the folks here have created Under The Table, a bar within the restaurant with its own evening menu.

Make a beeline for the crisp cocktails as soon as you arrive, particularly if you’re visiting during the daily happy hour when select cocktails cost a fiver – All About Scotch stood out on our visit for its smokiness and depth, as did the super-smooth Can’t See the Wood for the Trees. Good too were the oxtail nuggets that followed, served with truffle mash and stuffed with a knockout parsnip filling.

Other dishes were perfectly fine, though the prices felt a little steep given that they each disappeared within a couple of bites. Also, the polished metal slabs on which they were served jarred with the refined feel of the rest of the setting. Still, as posh bar snacks go, these don’t disappoint. And it’s a step up from a platter of pub grub at the Slug & Lettuce.

By: Alex Plim

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Venue name: The Table Café
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Address: 83 Southwark Street
London
SE1 0HX
Transport: Tube: Waterloo, Southwark or London Bridge
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Average User Rating

3.7 / 5

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3 of 3 found helpful

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.

2 of 2 found helpful

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.

2 of 2 found helpful

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.

Tastemaker

Delicious food, nice decor, good location - The Table delivers all of those things. Conveniently sat near Borough & London Bridge, it's long been touted as one of the capitals best brunch spots so I was curious to see if it lived up to that accolade. 


The menu has a nice mix of the traditional & the modern and my Green Goddess was absolutely delicious...however the service could have done with a bit of an upgrade. Booking a table for brunch at 11am without any issue would suggest that you could turn up, order & enjoy said meal at said time. Receiving a text from my friend who arrived there a few minutes early that I needed to get there and order asap as the kitchen closed for a couple of hours at 11am wasn't really the start to a relaxing brunch and when I did get there, I was literally given seconds to peruse the menu and pick what I wanted. Hey, if you don't want to take orders at a certain time then maybe don't take bookings at that time .


While there's no doubt the food was generously portioned, well-priced and full of flavour, there are dozens of other places in London bragging the very same things and the distinct lack of basic customer service here would put me off paying The Table a return visit.



tastemaker

What a stack of a burger! Almost didn't fit in the frame of the photo. Yesterday was National Burger Day and these burgers were truly worthy contenders for the day. How does one tackle a burger like this?? It was messy, but we did it 😁

Staff were very accommodating and welcoming. This place has a nice area outdoors, perfect for alfresco dinning and they were completely wheelchair accessible


I love the food and smoothies here and the location but I hate that on weekends it's full of people with their prams and there's simply no space for it. These people need to go somewhere else like... I dunno which restaurants cater for that sort of crowd?

Tastemaker

The interior is nothing exceptional but the location is quite handy if you've planned your day around. The brunch menu is big and fantastic. There is a big selection and everything is great. Their delicious pancakes is clearly a must but I tried the stack and although I was overwhelmed by the beans, I loved it. They also have a great selection of smoothies! One of them has spinach and it is so refreshing! A really great place for brunch, highly recommended!


The Table has a fantastic all day menu, good wine and relaxed atmosphere. I urge you to go if you haven't already been.

Tastemaker

One of my favourite places to eat in the area. It’s a fantastic Spot for food at any time of the day. It had an outdoor area for warmer days and chunky wooden tables inside. The food is always of fantastic quality and generously portioned. It's a hot favourite at lunch for locals so make sure to book a table. Additionally they tend to hold a good amount of events/offers so it’s worthwhile to signup to their newsletter for deals or unique events.

 


I usually have The Table in my back pocket, you know when friends arrive in London, no warning, and expect you to get front row tickets at the latest theatre show and Gordon Ramsay serving them in a West End restaurant, you have to explain that you have to arrange your weekend ahead of time otehrwise you can spend the evening queuing, and we don't do queues! Being off the beaten track only the local offices know about The Table for their lunch, rookie error, as this place comes into its best, in the evening! Fab atmosphere no idiots sat next to like in the West End, its almost as though its been held for quite intelligent people, and then me! Food and wine just perfect, a little bit of heaven!

0 of 1 found helpful

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...

0 of 1 found helpful

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.

0 of 1 found helpful

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!

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