The Table Café

Restaurants, British Southwark
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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


Venue name: The Table Café
Address: 83 Southwark Street
Transport: Tube: Waterloo, Southwark or London Bridge
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