Gordon Ramsay’s most recently opened London restaurant sparked a lot of interest prior to its 2013 opening, with the prospect or rumour of David Beckham as joint owner. For whatever reason this didn’t appear to be true or happen, but as a result it has been on my radar and somewhere I’ve wanted to try. Throughout January Ramsay offered a two for one special on set menu’s across a selected number of restaurants, what better opportunity to head to Southwark to trial Union Street Cafe!
Being an early bird I was the first to arrive of our party of four and pulled up a pew at the bar to enjoy a pre-meal cocktail. I decided upon the signature Union Spritz which was a delicious, light and refreshing upgrade of an aperol spritz with gin and elderflower liquor.
Upon taking our seats we were offered wine and helped by the sommelier to chose a light yet full bodied Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The restaurant was busy with a nice city feel Thursday atmosphere and the staff were extremely attentive and knowledgeable when it came to the food menu.
For starter I had Burrata d’Andria, wild rocket and chestnut mushrooms. The mozzarella style cheese was both smooth and creamy and coupled with the peppery rocket and earthy mushrooms was a light yet flavoursome starter. Eggs in London appear to be the ingredient of the moment with restaurants across the city incorporating them into their menus in various ways. Therefore, in true style my boyfriend jumped on the trend and ordered the Gratinated Italian eggs and pecorino Romano. The dish was quite rich but the runny strong flavoured yolk offset the richness.
I went simple but classic with Pennette “all arrabbiata” and pecorino for my main course. The hint of chilli really came through with every mouthful and al dente pasta is by far the best. I really don’t know why I always overcook mine so much!
The second main course we had was Fregola Sarda, squid ink and spicy baby cuttlefish on toast. A beautifully presented dish that had both a rustic look and taste. The fish was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth with the lentils adding a dimension of depth to soak up the strong squid ink flavour atop.
Thoroughly enjoyed our evening amongst friends at Union Street Cafe and thanks to the January offer it was exceptional value for money. I loved the location as it was out of the tourist hustle and bustle resulting in what appeared to be mainly locals or city workers as diners. There is also a bar downstairs if you’d prefer to skip on the food as their cocktail menu is great.
Think I’ll be trying out one of the free flowing brunches soon 🙂