I’ve been to The Table Cafe on Southwark Street a number of times and really enjoy their food as well as the open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work. The restaurant serves amazing all-day breakfasts as well as classics like burgers (although, with a twist) and fish. In fact, they have lots of vegetarian options if you’re a non-meat eater. And did I mention the pancakes and waffles?
I had organised to have lunch with my friend Holly and suggested The Table Cafe as it’s across the road from her office.
What happened next was surprising and really lovely.
— Kirsty Marrins (@LondonKirsty) December 1, 2015
— eat@TheTableCafe (@thetablecafe) December 1, 2015
— Holly Barradell (@drama_holly) December 2, 2015
— eat@TheTableCafe (@thetablecafe) December 2, 2015
It’s really unusual for a restaurant to engage like this on Twitter and I loved the tone of the tweets! Holly arrived before me and Shaun, the chef at The Table Cafe, spotted her immediately (her BRIGHT pink neon jumper gave it away) and came over to introduce himself.
Once I arrived and we’d ordered, Shaun then sent over a glass each of prosecco with his compliments. Such a lovely touch! Perhaps it was Holly’s tweet saying I blog about food or I like a good Instagram pic… it doesn’t matter really. Having a busy chef take the time to first of all engage with us on Twitter, then come over and say ‘hello’ is amazing and makes you feel really special. The prosecco was just the icing on the cake.
Now to the food (this is a food blog post after all). I ordered the Vegetarian Borough, which is two fried eggs, grilled halloumi, spinach, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms and toast. It is delicious! And rather filling… My other favourites are the eggs benedict and the sweetcorn fritters served with poached eggs, spinach and a tomato relish.
Holly opted for the free-range pork belly burger, which came with a perfectly poached duck’s egg, crispy crackling, Waldorf dressing in a brioche bun and a side of crispy chips. Luckily for me Holly doesn’t mind sharing chips and as I like my chips crispy… they were yummy!
The Table Cafe is commited to sourcing quality, British ingredients. They have a partnership with homelessness charity St Mungo’s Broadway, where they buy fresh herbs and vegetables daily from the charity’s allotments. I think this is an amazing idea and I wish more restaurants would consider supporting charities in this way. Not only does it bring in revenue for the charity but it also supports the people that the charity helps by developing their skills and boosting their confidence.
As I’d not met Shaun yet, when we had paid the bill we walked over to the open kitchen and said ‘thank you’ for the prosecco and the lovely food. That’s one great thing about an open kitchen – you can literally pay your compliments to the chef!
I would highly recommend The Table Cafe for lunch or dinner and their weekend brunch menu has even won an award – so get booking. The restaurant has a lovely ambience, great service and fabulous food. I will definitely be coming back… again and again.