Tavolino Bar & Kitchen

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Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

Restaurants in Tower Bridge historically consisted of uninspiring chains and money-grabbing tourist traps, but in the last few years there has been a real shift in the area, which has welcomed the likes of cult Indian restaurant Gunpowder and trendy vegan haunt By Chloe into its fold.

Joining the ranks of stylish Tower Bridge restaurants is Tavolino, a riverside spot that’s split across two floors and also benefits from an expansive outdoor terrace that’s well suited to dining in the sunshine. Inside, the best seats in the house are on the upper level, where floor-to-ceiling windows allow for charming views of Tower Bridge and other famous landmarks - the kind of picture perfect vistas that remind you why you fell in love with London in the first place.

Otherwise, the dining room follows a bohemian-chic cream and terracotta colour scheme, complemented by houseplants dotted around the room and cosy banquette seating upholstered in faded green leather.

Tavolino’s menu is split into the traditional four-course Italian format, with bowls of fresh pasta being the stars of the show - not surprising considering this is the first solo project from chef Louis Korovilas, who formerly headed up the kitchen at popular Covent Garden restaurant Bancone. Pre-pasta, you can whet your appetite with some impressive Sicilian-inspired antipasti, including smooth burrata livened up with a sweet and sour caponata and given a hit of crunch from pickled celery, or perhaps a delightfully moreish pile of courgette fritti that come all crisped and salty, perfect for snacking on. 

The Instagram-famous ‘silk handkerchiefs’ dish that Korovilas popularised at Bacone is also on the menu here and it’s as brilliant as ever. Made using fazzoletti pasta from the Liguria region, it indeed boasts a supple, silken texture, heightened by the addition of a glossy orange Burford Brown egg yolk. The dish is finished off with a generous smearing of walnut butter, the blunt, nutty flavour working to stop the pasta from being overwhelmingly rich.

If you're too full for dessert you might like a perfectly Italian finisher of an affogato. However, should you have saved room you'll be rewarded with the traditional likes of a chocolate and chestnut mousse and a range of housemade sorbets.

Once you’ve finished eating, a trip to the downstairs bar for post-prandial drinking is highly recommended. Chatty, knowledgeable staff will be happy to whip up all of the usual cocktails, but there is an extensive range of Italian wines and a few digestif liqueurs too, if you want to keep things strictly traditional.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
Italian
Ambience
Cosy, Romantic, Traditional
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Great views, Outside seating, Terrace, Waterside
Special Features
Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions

About Tavolino Bar & Kitchen

Just a hop, skip and a jump from Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and London landmarks such as HMS Belfast, Italian restaurant Tavolino is a casual option for those looking to dine alongside the river Thames.

The restaurant’s name translates as ‘small table’ and is the brainchild of chef Louis Korovilas, who was previously head chef at popular fresh pasta restaurant Bancone, in Covent Garden and Soho. The space is split across two floors, with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing for plenty of natural light. Otherwise, the dining room is decked out in simple shades of terracotta and cream, while timber flooring and green leather furnishings add some character.

The food here matches the relaxed, simple vibe of the surrounds, with the kitchen turning out unfussy dishes made with both Italian and UK produce. The menu follows the traditional four-course Italian format, which means diners can kick things off with bread baked in house, such as honeyed garlic focaccia or an olive and Parmesan roll. There are a few other snacks too, such as Tuscan fennel salami or a Sicilian chickpea fritter with whipped anchovy.

Starters proper see fresh burrata supplied by an artisanal dairy in Puglia, while fresh pasta dishes include the ‘silk handkerchiefs’ first seen at Bancone, paired with walnut butter and a Burford Brown egg yolk. If you’d rather have pizza, you can try the likes of burrata, nduja and olives cooked on a thin sourdough base.

Tavolino’s meat and fish dishes are designed to share, with options including sea bream with an agrodolce salad or beef short-rib with polenta and stracchino cheese. To finish, there are classic Italian desserts – think an Amalfi lemon meringue or a polenta cake to share between two which is cooked in a skillet and served with caramelised white chocolate ice cream.

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Location for Tavolino Bar & Kitchen

Unit 1, Riverside, 2 More London, London Bridge, London, SE1 2DA

020 8194 1037

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Opening Times

All day
Mon 11:30-22:00
Tue 11:30-22:00
Wed 11:30-22:00
Thu 11:30-22:00
Fri 11:30-22:00
Sat 11:30-22:00
Sun 11:30-22:00

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