At last – brunch at The Table Cafe | 83 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HX
It has been approximately five years that I have been waiting to have brunch at The Table Cafe. Really.
This inconspicuous restaurant across the road from work has become special to me. Lunch and dinner has always been incredible (click here for our review), but the thought of coming up to London and doing my work commute on a Saturday was just all wrong.
I was torn between satisfying my urges or feeling like I’m going to work on a weekend. The other option is to get up early on a weekday and come in before work, and but that was never going to happen. Then we booked tickets for The View at the nearby Shard for last weekend and it all fell together.
The Table is famed for its brunch. I’d heard tales of queues round the block, and seen endless rave reviews and pictures. It has even made it onto Time Out’s best breakfasts and brunches in London, Basically everything they say is true. The place was heaving with a different crowd to what we usually see – families, couples, I saw a whole new side, that goes for the food too.
Having recently holidayed in LA and still feeling lovesick for the Californian lifestyle, the dishes around me reminded me of the amazing breakfasts we had there. We’ve got into the habit of swapping our plates over halfway through, so we shared Buttermilk pancakes with bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup £8 and The Table Stack – Chorizo and ham hock baked beans on a toasted bagel with two poached eggs and hollandaise £11.
Every since I tried chicken and waffles for breakfast I am a convert for sweet and savoury combos. This pancake wasn’t typical USA style, it had a crunchy coating, almost like batter. I started to regret agreeing to share.
The Stack was equally as good though, the chorizo and ham hock beans were great together. I can see Ade attempting to recreate this at home. We both had a wonderfully silky coffee, the blend is by Allpress, the coffee here is the best in the area, believe me, I’ve tried them all.
I ended with a zingy palate cleansing Morning Glory fresh fruit smoothie with pineapple, mango and lime £5. Ade of course went for the less healthy option of a banana milkshake £5, that actually tasted of real bananas rather than artificial nonsense. They even do breakfast cocktails, wowzers!
I have fallen in love with The Table all over again, if only I had the cash, the time and the figure of Miranda Kerr I’d be in their every day. Not only is the food and service wonderful, it feels like coming home whenever I walk through the door.
Now I have to sit across the road from there all week, knowing that just yards from my office they are not only serving up incredible lunches and dinners, but also breakfast too. This is beyond cruel.
83 Southwark Street,
London SE1 0HX
Opening times: Monday to Friday: 7.30am – 4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday – 8.30am – 4.30pm
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Nearest station: Southwark (6 mins walk) or London Bridge (12 mins walk)