Boiler & Co

British, Caribbean·
££££
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Silver Award
London, SE1 9AN ·Website ·Call020 7928 1554

SquareMeal Review of Boiler & Co

Silver Award

A seven-course, Caribbean-inspired tasting menu with cocktail pairings will always turn heads. But when the man behind it is Great British Menu finalist Kerth Gumbs, and the setting is a brand new independent bar in Southwark, it becomes unmissable.

Those who don’t like whiskey be warned: Boiler & Co will likely change your mind. One of us was converted minutes after arriving by a standout whiskey pina colada, which unusually featured beer syrup, adding a pleasant malty flavour.

Relaxed and endlessly knowledgeable staff led us through the chic, industrial space to our table. Soon came a delicately spiced jerk beef tartare served in a prawn cracker, accompanied by a white peach and jasmine whiskey soda. This, it would turn out, would be the first of many perfect matches. A crab johnnycake was served with scotch bonnet mayo and roe, packing a punch without the delicate crab being overpowered. It was accompanied by an equally punchy lavender martini, an unusual but thought-out choice.

Roasted scallops came surrounded by an unforgettable curried lobster butter sauce, laced with turmeric and kaffir lime. A smokey, aniseedy fish stew was matched by an octopus salad, dry ice and a whiskey sour, which all tied together perfectly. Aged duck breast with tamarind felt a tad less exciting but was redeemed by a playful duck liver patty and knockout negroni.

The ducana cake with salt milk ice cream and impossibly light sweet potato whipped cream blew us away, celebrating Caribbean flavours while giving them a shake-up. Finishing with a tonka bean cold-press espresso martini, we left giddy with joy, having had a meal that was not just new, but fun. The £100 per person bill felt fully justified, and we will be back for coffee, brunch, a la carte and whatever else Boiler & Co has to offer (definitely more whiskey pina coladas).

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British, Caribbean
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Bottomless brunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Chef’s table, Gluten-free options, Live music or dancing, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic

About Boiler & Co

Boiler & Co at Bankside is a gastro-centric restaurant and cocktail bar that focuses in equal measure on the craft of its mixologists and famed head chef. The menu has been created by Great British Menu star Kerth Gumbs and consists of small, eye-catching plates using contemporary cooking methods. The ingredients used are all deeply rooted in British soil, using local suppliers wherever it can, while the flavours and dishes take inspiration from across the world. Expect to sample dishes such as crab Johnny cakes served with scotch bonnet mayo, grilled ox tongue with crispy potatoes and green peppercorns as well as roasted scallops with carrot and coconut curry sauce. There is plenty of marinated meat and fish cooked over charcoal and the a la carte menu includes options for breakfast, lunch, dinner as well as a tasting menu paired with plenty of cocktails.  

There is also a full vegetarian menu, which features a burnt aubergine Johnny cake to replace the crab ones, butternut squash veloute with ginger and lemongrass and gnocchi served with bitter leaves and garlic sauce. 

The story behind the drinks stems from founders Adam Carr and Cesar Breton’s love for caramel-coloured beverages and the boilers they were initially brewed in: think beer, whiskey and coffee. Wanting to showcase just how versatile these drinks really are, the beverage program features an array of house cocktails that hero locality, sustainability, and creativity. Many of the cocktails at Boiler & Co feature whiskey in place of the usual spirit, such as Margaritas, Martinis and Daiquiris. 

The name Boiler & Co draws inspiration from the steaming boilers found in boiler houses and their connection to the processes that happen in breweries, distilleries and coffee roasters. Boiler & Co also considers itself an advocate and practitioner of sustainable and ethical business initiatives, such as offering a London living wage certification, social initiatives and a hyper-local supply chain. 

Menu Highlights

Starters
Salt & Pepper Squid - £9.00

Salt & Pepper Squid, burnt lime, ink aioli 

Jerk Chicken Wings - £9.00

BBQ whisky glazed jerk chicken wings, spring onion

Mushroom Arancini - £7.00

Mushroom Arancini, truffle mayo

Truffle Fries - £7.00

Black truffle fries, burnt leek ash, aged parmesan 

Oxtail Croquettes - £9.00

Oxtail croquettes, parsley mayo, lemon puree, fried capers

Main Courses
Jumbo Prawns - £18.00

Grilled jumbo prawns, scotch bonnet butter sauce

Black Cod - £20.00

Caramelised black cod, plantain, pickled ginger

Grilled Lamb - £18.00

Grilled lamb, chilli apricot salsa

Dessert
Guinness French Toast - £9.00

Sourdough toast, Guiness gel, stilton ice cream, salted milk foam, pickled grapes, crushed walnuts

Drinks
Banana Old Fashioned - £10.00

Bourbon, salted banana peel liquer, tonka bean, angostora bitters 

Rockstar Martini - £10.00

Scotch whisky, passionfruit puree, sparkling ale, lime, cardamom 

Konichiwa Peaches - £9.00

Scotch whisky, peach wine, jasmine soda, mint


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Who is the head chef at Boiler & Co?

Kerth Gumbs is the head chef at Boiler & Co, who appeared on the 2020 series of Great British Menu.

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Location

5 Canvey Street, London, SE1 9AN

020 7928 1554

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 11:00-15:00
Thu 11:00-15:00
Fri 11:00-15:00
Sat 11:00-15:00
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 17:00-10:00
Thu 17:00-10:00
Fri 17:00-10:00
Sat 17:00-10:00
Sun Closed
Bar
Mon Closed
Tue 12:00-11:00
Wed 12:00-11:00
Thu 12:00-11:00
Fri 12:00-11:00
Sat 12:00-11:00
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 08:00-17:00

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