Decorated with beautiful azulejos, Bar Douro, is a little slice of Portugal smack bang in London Bridge, which has become a food destination beyond Borough Market. My must orders are the hake goujons and pastel del nata with cinnamon ice cream; I was less excited by the rice dishes and piri piri chicken. I would definitely revisit Bar Douro – it’s a gorgeous space and despite not every dish being to my taste, there are some very good plates to tuck into.
Mark Hix is well known for kitting his spaces out with modern art and particularly with work by the YBA’s. The ‘Cock and Bull’ by Damien Hirst stands proud on a plinth in Tramshed, works by Sarah Lucas feature in Hix Soho and the neon sign in Hixter is by Tracy Emin. Hixter has a contemporary look and feel to it – I wouldn’t call it luxe but it’s certainly quite smart Excellent bar snacks. Read more here
V. good tapas joint on Bermondsey Street. It’s a fairly dinky little space with the kitchen the focal point of this tapas bar. The wall of the kitchen and the front of the bar are decorated with tiles; the rest of the wall surface is exposed brick and lights hang down from the thick wooden beams. The overall look is quite dark and moody, which appealed to me. No reservations. Read more here
This pasta bar is literally a 30sec walk from London Bridge station right by Borough Market. Nice modern decor with marble counter tops in the upstairs section of the resto; they have a slightly larger space downstairs which looks more functional but is nice enough. Ordered the hand rolled pappardelle with beef shin ragu (£9) which was beyond delightful. No reservations. Read more here
Describes itself as serving up ‘Pan Balkan’ fare with much focus towards Greece and Turkey. Food is prepared on their custom made charcoal grill. It has a daily changing menu, serving up tasty little dishes like red lentil fritters on a bed of perfectly smooth squash puree and pomegranate salad. I really dig this small intimate place with its soothing mint green palette. Reservations recommended. Read more here
Rabbit has a certain ‘country goes modern’ feel to it. Yes the core and foundation of Rabbit is undeniably British countryside but everything about Rabbit is contemporary, from their British small plates to the venue’s look and feel. Expect to see things like rabbit ravioli with bone marrow, yellow chanterelles + lovage pesto on the menu. Walk Ins & Reservations. Read more here