SquareMeal Review of
LASSCO bar & dining Ropewalk
Tucked beneath a railway arch in Bermondsey, this salvage-shop-cum-bar-and-restaurant is, like its Vauxhall sibling Brunswick House a real hidden gem. Part of Maltby Street Market, The Lassco reclamation yard has been buying and selling reclaimed and decorative materials to restaurateurs, hoteliers and bars for 50 years and launched its latest restaurant in summer 2017. A seasonal, ingredients-led menu is served against a backdrop of vintage light fixtures, tables and chairs (all available to buy if you like what you see). We started out with a plateful of perfectly-cooked chorizo, before moving on to a rich and earthy bowl of ceps, pepped up with Jerusalem artichokes and black truffle. Other hits included smoky octopus which came topped with harissa yoghurt and coco de paimpol beans that burst in the mouth, and tender mallard, accompanied by vibrant orange which contrasted against the depth of chestnut and chervil root. A limited run of desserts, including plum and almond tart, is nothing special but you could opt instead for a post-prandial cocktail, including the tangy Orchard Spritz, which mixes green apple sorbet with vodka, honeysuckle and sparkling wine. There is also a small list of Spanish and Italian wines, alongside ciders and beers. We’d recommend romantic Lassco for a date night, as well as a vintage shopping trip.