Pitched just round the corner from The Old Vic, this chilled-out bistro is naturally an evergreen favourite with theatre types, commuters and locals alike. Solid wooden floorboards, whirring ceiling fans and worn leather booths set the tone for a menu of no-nonsense, cosmopolitan fodder that delivers a mix of unchallenging but ‘imaginative’ ideas from far and wide. Starters such as crispy duck salad with a hoi sin dressing can be ordered as mains, and the full line-up spans everything from herb-crusted cod fillet in a lemon butter sauce to rosemary-marinated rump of lamb with red wine jus. Decent pricing and belly-rubbing puds like pear and frangipane tart keep locals coming back for more, while the brief wine list offers tasting notes for matching grub with grape. Brunch and Sunday roasts play their part, and pre- or post theatre deals also come ‘highly recommended’.
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