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31 Lovat Lane
A versatile Franco/Italian hybrid pitched on an atmospheric, traffic-free lane in the shadow of the Wren church of St-Mary-at-Hill, TK’s keeps its national borders intact, with only a staircase
connecting the two cultures. The downstairs ‘brasseria’ is airy & informal, with a scattering of tables in the lane outside & a classically Italian menu: melon & Parma ham followed by
fillet steak with red wine sauce & porcini mushrooms. The accent in the more formal upstairs restaurant is distinctly Gallic with a spoonful of nostalgia: kick off with six snails with garlic
butter, before moving on to suprême of chicken ‘Mont St Michel’ in a creamy cider sauce or sharing a chateaubriand. The wine list adds a few Spanish & New World bottles to its predominantly
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31 Lovat Lane
Tower Gateway Tube Station 263m
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Food + drink: 1
Poor service, lukewarm food, chilled red wine, over priced, grubby tables, irritating atmosphere, really really poor value for money. Go to Pizza Express, in fact go to Burger King. Anywhere would be better.
Food + drink: 2
After a hard day's work I stepped out of the office with a friend to a charming little backstreet in the city. We passed a small traditional looking Italian restaurant named TK's. Now despite it being completely empty, save 2 smokers outside, we took pity on the staff and decided to give it a chance.
After hanging up our own jackets, we ordered drinks but were not permitted to order food at the same time. The waitress then returned drinkless, 5 minutes later to take our order. 10 minutes later, an elderly gentleman, who I will assume was TK himself, stumbled past. We hailed him and asked for our drinks again, cue numerous apologises from him and the waitress. The wine was served in a huge glass, my mistake being not to specify large or small, or perhaps there's not to prompt me. After my first sip, I wished indeed it was small.
The food came and was re markedly average considering the ~ £15 price tag attached to each dish. We ate hurriedly encouraged by them noisily cleaning behind us, ready to close for the night. Upon receiving the bill I saw my full glass of wine had cost me £7 so I promptly downed the tangy liquid.
TK bumbled by once more to take a card payment, muttering something about his eyesight and not being able to read the bill, before we hastily left.
I strongly advise you never to visit this restaurant unless you are on a date from hell and wish your companion never to contact you again.
Food + drink: 3
Friday lunch and six of us each paying our own way – The food was fine although the bill was rather steep for what it was even taking into account the location. We paid out bill, mostly cash but also credit. A nice round figure but the bill included service and no attempt to pay us back the difference. We were relaxed and enquired on leaving. Eventually we got a response after three requests “aah you want the change” – we had a pleasant time so we did not stay to see if our change would materialise.
Beyond my understanding but none of us will go back because thieving is thieving even if it is a few pounds!
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