Went for Friday lunch and was impressed with the set menu (garlic soup; fish stew; lemon pot with cassis pudding) , while my two guests were delighted with their fish and pork main courses. Finely prepared, great flavours, decent service (once they got going from our early 12 noon start!) and just over £100 for 3, with a zesty bottle of Picpoul and coffee. Unbeatable.
We went on Saturday night, having not been since it opened - no reason, just hadn't got round to it. Good service and great food - we had fish stew, kid offal and calves brains washed down with and exceptional red Prevencal wine. We would highly recommend this great local restaurant
Visit to Magdalen tonight. Was a bit worried about the atmosphere at first - we arrived at 7:15 and were the second group in there - but it soon filled up.
Food really, really good - excellent blend of flavours. Strong list of mainly French wines. Service also good - very knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the menu.
If I could make one change it would be for slightly more comfortable chairs.
I left asking my other half why we don't go more often. Will be back soon.
Enjoyed a terrific meal here last night and left wishing only that this fine restaurant was in our local neighbourhood...
Magdalen was recommended by a friend who is a regular and is constantly raving about the place.
We had a fantastic table towards the back of the table, in a room that was smart without being too formal and staff were friendly and unobtrusive.
Everything was delicious but notable mentions should go to the beautifully tender rack of Middlewhite pork that I ordered and the unctuous slow cooked veal shin with asparagus that my husband chose and then proceeded to refuse to share more than a forkful such was his state of bliss! There were lots of lovely seasonal ingredients and it's clear that the chef here really cares about what comes out of the kitchen.
But the biggest hit of the meal (at least for me) was dessert: French toast, plum jam and vanilla ice-cream. If you need reason at all to go, let this be it, how anyone can make a deceptively simple dish of bread and eggs taste like this needs a big fat hug.
All in all, excellent food and not expensive either. Important if like us, you are new parents who don't get out much....
Had dinner here last night, was looking forward to it very much as had great meal before Christmas. Service good but too long a wait for easily assembled starters. Meals overall lack lustre - like home cooking when tired and preoccupied - not sufficient attention to detail for the price. Leeks cooked to the 'slimey' point, burnt fried potatoes cooked in old oil with very unpleasant taste, aioli cut with something which tasted like Sarsons... Restaurant slightly self-regarding which usually signals disaster in a competitive field.
Had another great meal on Saturday night. And since that makes two good meals out of two visits, I thought it deserved a mention.
Interesting, seasonal, menu, with plenty of choice for the adventurous diner(quail and snails, anyone?) or just for someone who loves simple british food (dressed Cornish crab).
Very good service, attentive and knowledgeable.
Prices similar to upstairs at the Tate Modern, or Champor Champor, or the Blueprint (all places which I like), but a more interesting menu and better cooking and service, imho.
Went here a month or so ago, on a busy Sat night with wife and parents for a bit of a celebration.
Nice room upstairs, a little dark, but in a nice, cosy, way. Very good service from the minute we arrived; the waiting team always seemed to anticipate whenever we needed anything and be on hand with help and offers of advice.
We all wanted something different that night, so I was lucky enough to get a taste of some delicious rabbit; beef and snails; and two fish dishes, as well as three or four different wines (by the glass). Wine must have been good, because I can't remember what we had for starters.
Very good cheese selection, and a sneaky taste of my mum's chocolate-y dessert, and everyone was very impressed. "Best restaurant we've been to around here" was my parents' verdict, and over the years they've probably been to most of them.
Not cheap, but worth it for a celebration.
Thursday evening 3rd April. We were allocated a nice table, as requested, and very impressed with the menu. The food was great and our choice of white at £16 fantastic. Sadly, however, the food took ages to come, and in the end we had to go without puds, and we asked for the bill with the main meal. The waiter was good, but seemed to be severely stretched. There appeared to be just two waiters for the first floor. We allocated just under 2 hours for the meal (our friends had a train at 2200) so did not mention that on arrival. It was a real shame. However, we will definitely return, but only with locals who have no time restraints!
Very pleasant upstairs dining room but tables at the front of the room (i.e furthest from the stairs) a little too close together for comfort (the waiting staff regularly bumped into us and seemed totally oblivious to this).
Up and coming area with new developments in various stages of completion either side of Tooley Street hence on a Tuesday lunchtime the place was nearly full.
Wide menu and wine list (very powerful Sauvignon Blanc - didn't put into ice bucket until asked)
Starting courses not large but very tasty. Similarly main courses were expensive for what they were but very well presented and again of high quality.
Good choice of cheeses and chilled tawny was nice touch.
We lingered long into the afternoon and never felt hurried or rushed to leave.
Other than too many tables in too little space, slightly cursory service and prices a bit on the high side difficult to find fault - quite likely to return but more likely to go back if on expenses than to spend own money.
My boyfriend and I had read good things about Magdalen and live locally so were keen to try it out. We did so a couple of weeks ago. Despite a well-stocked bar, the staff did not know how to serve the pastis that my boyfriend ordered. We sat upstairs and I found the lighting too dim. Our waiter was not particularly friendly gave rather patronising answers to our questions about the menu. He then proceeded to ask us if we wanted starters three times. We didn't. When asked to recommend a wine to compliment our main courses, he recommended one of the more expensive bottles which I didn't think was very cool. The main courses were very small, though tasty enough. The unisex loo (BAD idea)upstairs smelt and had wee all over the floor. Magdalen feels like it needs a much better front-of-house management and larger portions to justify the prices.
We went to Magdalen on Friday night, expecting it would be packed after the 4 star review in the Standard last week. We got a table straight away - the whole of the downstairs is reserved for walk-in customers which is great, although we got there about 7pm and it was rapidly filling up so recommend you don't leave it too late if you don't want to be disappointed.
The food was really superb - starters were cuttlefish & gremolata for my husband and terrine of pig's head for me. The main courses were equally good - smoked haddock for me and ox tongue (yuck!) for William. We shared a rhubard jelly and custard dessert which was also delicious.
Despite what sounds like a very rich menu, the portions are just right so you don't feel totally stuffed and they have a very good wine list with some reasonably priced options. The bill was less than £100 in total including service which isn't bad.
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