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47-51 Great Suffolk Street
020 7592 7977
With Gordon Ramsay's name proudly displayed in bright blue neon on the wall outside, there's no mistaking who's behind this eatery on Union Street. Warehouse chic, exposed brick walls and concrete floors might still be all the rage in Ramsay land, but this place also comes with a warm, friendly vibe and "fabulous" service – "it's just lovely every time we go", says one fan. The menu brings the Mediterranean to Southwark in the shape of, say, warm buffalo mozzarella wrapped in speck or refreshingly light gazpacho with raspberries and strawberries. Pasta is made fresh each day (our tagliolini with marjoram and mussels was spot-on), while whole lemon sole with peperonata and datterini tomatoes shows some serious skills. To finish, any mamma would be proud of the baked peaches filled with chocolate and amaretti. Round things off in the basement cocktail bar and you'll leave content.
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From: 19 November 2018
To: 26 December 2018
Enjoy 3 courses for £32 or 2 courses for £27 from a Festive set menu.
To: 24 December 2018
Enjoy 2 courses for £25 or 3 courses for £30 plus a signature cocktail from a festive set menu.
From: 03 January 2018
To: 18 November 2018
Enjoy 2 courses for £19.50 or 3 courses for £25.50 plus a signature cocktail.
Add a 2 hour serving of Prosecco for an additional £20 to either of our Sunday menus; Enjoy a selection of Italian dishes from the Sunday Mangia & Bevi à la carte menu or the delicious Italian Sunday roast menu.
From: 04 September 2018
Enjoy 2 courses for £19.50 or 3 courses for £25.50 from our early evening set menu, plus a signature cocktail.
From: 11 September 2018
Enjoy 3 courses for £25.50 or 2 courses for £19.50 from a seasonal set lunch menu.
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47-51 Great Suffolk Street
020 7592 7977
Southwark Tube Station 264m
Waterloo East Station 307m
Union Theatre 37m
Jerwood Space 156m
Mon-Wed 12N-12.30am Thur-Sat 12N-1am (Sun -6pm)
Upstairs/The Gallery at Union Street Café
The upstairs mezzanine at Union Street Cafe can accommodate up to 46 seated guests, overlooking the main restaurant area from above. Meanwhile, The Gallery accommodates up to 25 guests seated across separate tables.
Private Dining Room
The private dining room, which doubles as a media room, can seat 20 guests and is suited to small parties or business meetings. You can also hire the whole venue, which can host 150 seated guests or 200 standing.
Union Street Café’s subterranean and immersive bar experience is available for exclusive hire and group parties of up to 60 for a limited time only.
Food & Drink:
Rate & Review
Food + drink: 0
Arrived to find an all day party was just coming to an end downstairs so that area of the restaurant was closed. We were the only two other diners upstairs and every single member of staff ignored us to deal with the aftermath of the downstairs event. Sat at the bar for 15 minutes whilst the staff all chatted around the entrance, the chefs were all celebrating someones birthday in the kitchen. They seemed to go out of there way to make us feel unwanted and actually blanked us serval times when we asked for help. My partner ordered a drink and i was ignored. Eventually i was served, we were still the only two people in the place with about 6 members of staff all ignoring us. The dirty martini was absolutely awful, wine was ok. Quickly finished our drinks and left. The bar man was kind enough to add a £2.80 service charge to our drinks, what a joke. Complete waste of money and time. Honestly ive never experienced such terrible customer service in a restaurant. Cancelled our table and left very disappointed. Dont waste your time or money in this place.
Food + drink: 4
The restaurant opens a little late (6pm) for pre-theatre meals. However, the excellent bar in the basement opens at 5pm. So the four of us met in the bar at 5.15 and enjoyed an excellent cocktail served by a charming waitress. We went up for dinner a little before 6pm and told our waitress what time our show started and she of course undertook to ensure our food was delivered promptly. From that point everything worked perfectly. The food is hard to fault. The fish courses are brilliant. There is a really good wine selection at fairly reasonable prices. Service is always good. I have been here before when time was not important. It's better that way! However, it was, as always, a great dining experience.
Food + drink: 3
We had an early sitting and I had advised I would be attending as I wanted a venue show round. When we did get there (after my crap navigation skills), the place was pretty empty but we are 30ish going on 80 and it was only 6.00 pm.
Now, venue wise – its looks pretty cool. It has an open kitchen with an urban, industrial kind of feel to it. Like a warehouse however, still had an Italian canteen type of feeling. Union Street is an Italian restaurant which is not my favorite cuisine. Actually, rephrase that. I love Italian food but never eat it, like never for fear of chunking out. At work however, I need to know my restaurants so I needed to at least try it before I recommend it and I am glad I did.
We started with a glass of the Ayala Brut Majeur NV at £10.00 a glass which was amazing and well priced and then ordered a bottle of red which for the life of me, I can’t remember the name of. The wine list I can assure you though was extensive and all reasonably well priced, for a range of budgets
We were so hungry from our walk along the Thames that we decided on some antipasti to start. We ordered the tomino boscaiolo al forno & bruschetta crudaiola (£10) which (whilst smallish) the baked cheese that acompanied it was to die for!
For mains we went for corn fed chicken breast, peperonata & spinach (£21) and Bradley had the Conrnish Hake “cartoccio stlye”), tomatoes, anchovy & capers (£22). Both tasty and quiet theatrical as they bring the fish out in a bag and cut it open in front of you #fance. Both meals were of a good size and well enjoyed.
No dolci for us (we are athletes) however the menu looked good.
Now, would I go back??? not for a private dinner (sorry) for a client event yes, for a business lunch yes, but for us, no. We don’t eat Italian food at the best of times and whilst I love the majority of the restaurants in the Ramsay group, this is not one of my favorites.
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