Though Borugh houses two of London's great attractions - Borough Market and The Shard - there is still plenty to chow down on besides these two legends of the City. Here is a list of TryThisFor.com's best places to eat in Borough and Bankside.
Close enough to the tourist sites but conveniently tucked away to avoid the hordes, Village East is a modern bistro open for brunch 'til dinner New York style. Think industrial-cum-warehouse style metal and wooden booths perfect for cosying up in or a big open bar ideal for chatting. Cocktails are refreshingly inspired (try the Malabar Punch) or order one of the barrel aged concoctions that come in sharing bottles for four. Then move on to the food - as they say, sharing is caring so if you're feeling generous order a few plates from the hot and larder sections of the menu and dig in. The mains themselves are reassuringly good with classic options such as a Longhorn beef and bone marrow burger, steamed mussels or catch of the day. Just add friends.
Mark Hix is on a roll and this time he's arrived with a bang at Bankside. Following on from Tramshed in Shoreditch and Hixter in the city, the menu keeps the signature roast chicken with its legs in the air and big, juicy steaks. When you've controlled the drool, you'll find artwork from the likes of Tracy Emin surrounding you and if you're not quite able to finish your feast, they'll happily bag up the leftovers to enjoy at home.
Close your eyes vegetarians, Porky's Bankside is in town. Now this is something we can certainly get on board with - BBQ Cuisine throughout the year. Porky's Bankside is a celebration of all things BBQ - and American style BBQ at that. You will be able to sample absolutely everything we all love about Southern American cuisine - ribs, pulled pork, burgers, gourmet chicken and much more. To wash this all down there will be both domestic and American craft beer and plenty of bourbon. This is a real meat-lover's mecca and the great music married with the cool and warm decor is the perfect setting for dinner with mates.
Arabica's come a long way round the corner. Starting life as a stall in Borough Market, it's now a fully fledged restaurant a few hundred yards from where it all began. Serving Eastern mezze dishes with a British twist, Arabica is fun and informal and sure to please. Reassuringly reasonable, choose several small plates to share - we like the sound of the fennel and sumac squid and the sugar cured king prawns to get into the swing of things - or try something heartier from the charcoal section of the menu like the beef and bone marrow kofta. We say work up your appetite with a brisk walk along the quintessential South Bank before delving into Arabica for that much-needed exotic charm.
A floor above Oblix, The Shard’s Hutong is the London counterpart of a much-loved restaurant in Hong Kong. Its speciality is Northern Chinese cuisine, bringing something of the Orient to London’s newest landmark, thirty-three floors up. Most atmospheric at dusk, grab a table and watch the sun set while devouring delicate little dishes such as crispy soft shell crab, and fried prawns in Jasmine tealeaves. There’s nothing brash here, just expertly crafted dishes a world away from London.
A French restaurant in a 19th century tea warehouse in Tower Bridge. Not your usual set up but the D&D dynasty don’t like to play it safe. Inside, the newly refurbished bistro will transport you to Paris while the views outside keep you resolutely in Blighty. The menu leans towards the classically French with foie gras to start, and herbed rack of lamb provencale and dover sole meuniere for mains. We’ll be disappointed if you don’t go the whole hog and order the creme brulee for afters.
OXBO Bankside is a vibrant addition to the capital’s thriving culinary scene. Chef Paul Bates contrasts authentic ingredients with exotic tastes to give old English favourites an innovative twist.
Tom Sellers’ first foray is a pretty successful tale (his out of town place, The Lickfold Inn, isn’t doing too badly either). Awarded a Michelin star five months in, Story is laidback without any of the pretence. Food is British and the menu is a bit ambiguous but we think discovery is all part of the experience. And if you’re alone, indulge their request to bring a book with you and add to their growing library of literature. Nice touch.
Nestled in the heart of Borough Market, Roast serves up seasonal British fare to the masses and continues to be one of London’s most iconic restaurants. Many of the dishes on Roast’s ever-expanding menu are inspired by ingredients from Borough Market’s very own stalls, making Roast a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. The light and airy dining room is spaciously set over two floors with an impressive view of the bustling kitchen. The menu boasts a tempting array of fish, grills, game and classic roasts, such as their slow roast free range pork belly with apple sauce. The service at Roast is as you would expect, friendly and professional, and the atmosphere is as lively and buzzing as the market itself.
There are hotel restaurants and then there are hotel restaurants: Ting is surely one of the latter. 35 floors above London in the city's highest skyscraper, the Shangri-La brings you Ting - a European restaurant with an Asian influence open from breakfast til late to satisfy everybody's whim. Don't hold this against it though, everything is executed well from the afternoon teas available in the lounge to dinner in the main restaurant (which is decorated in varying shades of lavenders and pinks). There's a good number of British ingredients on the menu (and the wine list) and we like how the Asian flavours have been introduced to complement rather than overwhelm in the dishes. Of course, try for a table at sunset for bonus points but the views from Ting are spectacular anywhere you sit. Just don't take someone with vertigo.
Another take-over by Gordon Ramsay but this time in the form of quality food with Italian influences and a daily changing menu that’s prepared in an open theatre style kitchen. They source ingredients from the Mediterranean which adds to the authenticity and the moody interior with dim lights and red slouchy sofas gives a great ambiance. It’s the perfect place for a pre or post theatre dinner and the bar is open until 2am on Thursday thorough to Saturday, which provides an idyllic place to continue your stay. You can expect melt in your mouth hand made pastas, perfectly cooked fish or delicate cuts of lamb and pork belly.
Nailing it yet again, the expansion of The Wright Brothers across London is taking the seafood scene to another level. Their menu offers only one dish which has not come from the sea, which is a pretty solid concept and one that they truly deliver. Smoked mackerel pate, fish soup, moules mariniere, dressed Cornish crab can all be found on the menu and that’s not including the roast sea bream, the sea bass, the lemon sole or the turbot for two!
Borough - the home of a world-famous market and the London Dungeons. But between these two, there’s a lesser known gem in the form of Edwins. Above The Trinity pub and apparently the site of an old Victorian curiosity shop, this place may look steeped in history but its menu is bang up to date. There’s a combination of trendy small plates for those needing to fill a hole or more substantial mains that make the most of British cooking and the handy market downstairs. They serve proper roasts on Sundays too.