Gordon Ramsay, with his bloody swearing and his bloody anger management issues.
The USA adores him, we Brits are a bit more ‘realistic’ about his media invasion and he is less likeable than Jamie Oliver. BUT he can run restaurants, this cannot be denied.
The new, fresh and much hyped Ramsay restaurant ‘Union Street Cafe’ has opened a mere spitting distance from my office, [without David Beckham’s involvement now] and I thought it rude not to go. Three days ago, I was told I had an allergy to Gluten. Terrible timing really, when the restaurant in question, has 6 or 7 delicious pasta dishes on the menu[which changes daily]. Pasta is one of my all time favourite food groups. I was not happy.
The building itself has been utilised well, and has made the most of its industrial/warehouse structure. It may not be in the most exciting area in the world, but I’ve been working in Southwark for 10 years now, and the area is transforming quite drastically.
Ah the food. I have to say, it was good, very very good. To start I had Sardinian artichokes with olives with pecorino cheese. [£6] Then [and please don’t hate me for this] veal, covered in pancetta, and stuffed with mozzarella and basil plus a side salad. [£18] My business colleague had lamb, so tender it melted in your mouth. I indulged in a desert and had their homemade honey gelato. [£6]
All of it was delicious. Head chef Davide Degiovanni certainly knows how to put a menu together. What really impressed me was the service. They were immensely considerate without being over the top. When I mentioned that I couldn’t eat gluten, they went out of their way to ensure my meal was gluten free. This included bringing me gluten free bread, and substituting the side dish of zucchini frites to a side salad. They even checked the complimentary chocolates for me at the end.
Would I go again? Absolutely. They still have a few kinks to iron out [the salad dressing was very salty] but they have only been open for a couple of weeks. It is a large space, which boasts 10,887 covers, and I just hope they can keep the momentum going. It’s reasonably priced [when alcohol is not included] and will be an asset to an already booming area.
I was not disappointed, and I shall be going back, as long as my bank balance allows.
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