The Rooftop Café

The Exchange, 28 London Bridge Street , London, SE1 9SG

The Rooftop Cafe

SquareMeal Review of The Rooftop Café

THE ROOFTOP CAFE CLOSED PERMANENTLY IN MARCH 2016

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Perched on the rooftop of the Exchange Building, this modest eatery not only promises terrific views, but is also handy for working breakfasts, coffee and cake or more substantial suppers (Thurs and Fri only). The short daily menu is driven by sustainability and eclectic flavours – think polenta with fried egg and serrrano ham ahead of pork belly with fennel salad or couscous with flabtbread and yoghurt, plus a chocolate and passion fruit dessert to finish. To drink, there’s a knowledgeable list of terroir-led wines (chosen by expert Alex Whyte from Brawn), which can be enjoyed in a striking contemporary setting of hand-made furniture and clean-lined surfaces. A separate decked area and kooky greenhouse (open until September) is perfect for sipping reasonably priced ‘garden cocktails’ (served in mini watering cans), alongside groovy bar snacks and food from the BBQ. Also look out for impromptu arty ‘happenings’.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

London Bridge Tube Station 124m

London Bridge Station 327m

Address

Address: The Exchange, 28 London Bridge Street , London SE1 9SG

Area: South Bank Borough etc

Nearby Landmarks

London Dungeon 91m

The Shard 159m

Details

Cuisine: Modern European Cafes

7.7

Food & Drink: 8.0

Service: 7.7

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 7.7

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Russell N. bronze reviewer 20 May 2014

I went here with a friend for lunch. It is not easy to find – although it's just a few steps from the front entrance of London Bridge Station (the one above street level), it's in an office block with no signage out front beyond a little label on the buzzer to get you in. The entrance is not promising – a rather austere lift lobby followed by two flights of stairs that could at best be described as Bohemian. But the restaurant itself was rather nice. We were lucky – it was a lovely day so we sat on the terrace. The menu is a little weird in places – whoever thought that carrot tempura would go with hummus was badly mistaken, for example; otherwise the dishes we had were tasty and generous. The crab salad was fresh and well-seasoned; my lamb cutlets were well-cooked, too. They have some good micro-brewery type beers, too. Not cheap – cost us nearly £60 for two including a couple of beers.

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Ray H. 11 August 2013

I booked this restaurant for my birthday for a party of 18 guests. I spoke to the restaurant a couple of times about my requirements and they were very responsive. When I mentioned that I would like to bring a cake, I was told that the chef could make me one instead. I spoke to the chef and discussed what I would like, and was told that this would be in order. You can imagine my disappointment when on the night I inquired about the cake, and the waiter knew nothing. No cake at all!! Whilst the food was very good, and the service by our waiter was delivered attentively, considering I had spoken to a number of staff at the restauarant about the cake, I was not impressed to find the chef had done nothing whatsoever in this regard, let alone communicate with his colleagues, as he was not there that evening. The waiter did his best with a few candles and a dessert, but it wasn't the same. Disappointed and would not go here again for a special occasion.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Harry f. 27 June 2013

With the Shard towering above you and building work going on all around, this rooftop restaurant is a little oasis to retreat to and enjoy some exceptionally fresh cooking and some lovely wine and beer. It's literally outside the station but even people who've worked round there for years don't know it exists. Launched in January they are steadily building a loyal following and this is down to the food and the service. The menu changes daily and there is a enough variation in the menu to suit most palates. Our lunch consisted of Hake, chicken and sirloin all washed down with a beautiful French rose that I will be ordering for the house. 3 for lunch with wine was around £85… Service was attentive but not overly so and always delivered with a smile. As the tourists and suits bustle around below, sit back and enjoy the charm of this place as soon you'll be lucky to get a seat.