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|Address:||131 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UR|
|Tel:||020 7928 5086|
|Price: £39.00||Wine: £16.85||Champagne: £39.95|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-11pm Sat-Sun 11am-11pm (Sun -10pm)|
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I go to the Old Vic a couple of times a year and have always struggled with where to eat beforehand; the chains on the Southbank are a bit far away and very dull. My (previous) favourite place on The Cut doesn't take bookings, so all in all theatre nights were all a bit stressful. I have no idea how I didn't notice the Waterloo Bar & Kitchen before; it's practically in the same building as the theatre, only a few metres from the front door. It's definitely top of my list for future Old Vic nights out after Saturday's dinner.
The menu (see website) has a good range of bistro classics with something for everyone. It is supplemented by 4/5 daily specials and we had a real struggle chosing. In the end the four of us went for chorizo & squid (starter served as a main), Thai sea-bass with coconut rice and prawns, and 2 steaks. We also ordered some spinach and mixed veg on the side. The side dishes were smaller portions than we expected, I probably got one carrot and a forkful of spinach, but apart from that we were all very pleased with dinner. The seabass was delicately flavoured and perfectly cooked, the chorize and squid was gobbled down so quickly I didn't get a taste (it was declared “delicious”) and the steak was exactly medium-rare (I am sick of being served steak cooked through and told it's medium-rare).
For dessert we shared a cheeseboard and the blueberry cheesecake, all delicious.
The restau definitely caters for the pre-theatre crowd; we had a 6pm table for a 7.30pm performance and assumed this would mean just enough time for main course before popping next door, but service is very prompt so we had time for dessert as well.
There was a good atmosphere, plenty of buzz and the restaurant was pleasantly full.
My only complaint is that the house white isn't great – a bit chemically.
I am booking again today and would definitely recommend it to friends.