For my work leaving lunch recently we decided to check out Union Street Cafe in Southwark. Conveniently it was just a short walk away from our office and it had been on my list to vision for a while. Union Street Cafe, by Gordon Ramsay, opened about a year ago and has an Italian inspired menu that changes daily. I loved the warehouse/chic industrial fit out and feel of the place. Modern but cosy at the same time. I know this style of design is super trendy these days and all seen all over the London restaurant scene, but I am definitely not sick of it just yet.
Because it was my leaving lunch and my last day at work we decided it was definitely appropriate to order a bottle of wine (or two) to enjoy. The menu looks very pretty as it’s all scribbled in this lovely hand-written font, but it does make it a little hard to read. Anyway, the menu is definitely more Italian then Mediterranean (as they describe it on their website) with sections like Antipasti, Primi and Secondi. They have a set lunch menu that offers two courses for £19 or three courses for £25 – or you can order a la carte.
Once the orders were placed we were served white and brown sliced bread. It was still warm and came with a dipping dish of super delicious olive oil. So so good, we devoured this in seconds; I am such a sucker for warm bread!
I got a starter of ‘Porcini fritti with parmesan fonduta and hazelnut pesto’ which basically was pan fried mushrooms which was simple but tasty.
A lot of us on the table ordered the ‘Ravioli of beetroot, ricotta, raddicchio with 4 years aged balsamic’ which was gorgeously presented and very good – only not a very big portion. I got the ‘Risotto with italian veal sausage and taleggio’. It was rich and creamy and went down a treat (even after all that bread). Not sure I was that wowed by the presentation of it, just blobbed onto a big plate like that but it did taste good.
After finishing our lunch we decided to order some more wine – just to procrestinate on having to return to the office haha. Which meant by the time we did actually return (uhhh 4pm) we were rather tipsy. But as it was my last day it didn’t really matter anyway!
I enjoyed Union Street Cafe, I think it’s perfect for a work lunch or group dinner. The service was friendly and efficient and the food good. It’s nothing new and exciting but it’s a nice place to visit if you’re in the area. There’s also a bar in the basement which looked very cool and would be a great spot for after work cocktails or to hire out for a birthday party.
I also took a sneaky outfit selfie in the bathrooms! Wearing: H&M leather mini skirt & ZARA silk tunic top. You can’t beat a simple black on black outfit sometimes.
Union Street Cafe
On the Corner of Great Suffolk Street & Union Street
47-51 Great Suffolk Street
London SE1 0BS