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|Address:||99-101 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB|
|Tel:||020 7089 9355|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £54.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 8am-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 9am-12M (Sun -10.30pm)|
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The Garrison's food menu was seasonal and offered a lovely combination of meat, fish and vegetarian options. We were spoilt for choice before we'd even seen the specials board. The dishes were all simple but used a wonderful combination of spring vegetables to compliment the main ingredients. To start i had a steak tartare served with rocket and bread, the tartare had been perfectly spiced and the meat was excellent quality and a really nice colour. The ingredients were chopped slightly chunkier than i would have normally expected but i really liked this more rustic approach. My friend had the calamari and chilli jam from the specials board. When it arrived the batter that coated the squid was such a wonderful colour but it would have benefitted from just a few more seconds in the fryer as it was a little soft. But again the quality of the squid itself was fantastic. For our main course we had pan fried plaice with savoy cabbage, fillet of coley with cauliflower mash and chervil puree, and olive and rosemary braised rabbit leg with fennel and watercress. We were all so impressed with the flavour of each dish, both fish dishes were cooked to perfection and my only criticism would be that our side order of maple roasted parsnips were slightly undercooked. My companion said that it was some of the best seasonal food she's had in London. We were feeling fairly satisfied by the time we had finished our main meals and only out of curiosity did we agree to take a look at the dessert menu. We were then spoilt for choice again! We ordered the gingerbread cake with ginger ice cream and butterscotch sauce to share between the three of us. It was just the right amount of ginger balanced with the sweetness of the sauce, a delicious combination.
Having nearly run out of positive adjectives to describe the food unfortunately the same high praise can't be made for the service. It was a bit sloppy and very rushed, i didn't actually feel like the staff cared too much about our experience, however when we interacted with them by asking questions they were all very knowledgable. I think there just needed to be a little bit more focus on the tables and less rushing to get back to chatting by the bar..
I would definitely visit The Garrison again, especially to try the new spring menu they are launching next week. The interior of the restaurant is quirky, cute and very welcoming and although there isn't much space in between the tables this adds to the atmosphere without making you feel like a sardine. If you would prefer to have a more private table then request one of the booths which can seat up to four people. There is a real buzz after about 5.30pm when everyone finishes work and stops by for a drink on their way home. Also open for breakfast from 8am-11.30am with a deliciously tempting menu.