A challenge for the SE1 forum. I'm looking for somewhere to take visitors from out of town next Sunday evening for dinner. The requirements are: within 15 minutes walk from London Bridge Station, suitable for a more mature couple, laid back, possibly quirky, and not in the top end price bracket. Background music optional! Is that too much to ask (preferably not a chain either....). All/any suggestions most welcome. Best suggestion wins my enduring respect and gratitude.
I like RSJ, near Waterloo, for French/traditional food. It's decent value, the food and wine are good and it's a nice neighbourhood restaurant. If you're prepared to consider a mini-chain, the Turkish food at Tas is also very tasty; the branch on Isabella Street is my favourite, but the branch by the Globe does really nice pide, which are a kind of Turkish pizza.
Very much depends on your definition of top end price bracket.
Butler's Wharf Chop House has sorted itself back out again (getting rid of their short-lived flame grilled menu). Book in the bar, impress your friends with the view of Tower Bridge and pay no more than £15 for a main.
Of course, I would push the boat out a bit further and go to the Blueprint Cafe, but that's more expensive.
How about a mooch around Borough Market? Never never never during the day when the market's on unless you're particularly fond of crowds, shuffling, not being able to get past tourists taking artistic photos of onions, and getting charged handsomely for the pleasure.
In the evening it's much mellower and you've got a choice of Brindisa for v nice tapas, roast - never been but heard good things, applebees for fish, wright bros for oysters/shelfish, that nice pub on the corner by brindisa (Southwark Tavern) for sunday roast but might need to check if they still do food in the evening, etc etc. Plenty going on.
The Rake I don't think do food but consistantly get rated for excellent beer if you fancy a snifter first.
or get the best bus in the world the RV1 to Chistophers at Covent Garden where they do Jazz on Sunday evenings - you might even get the table with the view of Waterloo Bridge (better than it sounds...)
As Exigo said, depends on what you mean by top end price. I would say you would do well to head for Bermondsey Street- Pizarro and Zucca are both excellent. You might struggle to get a table at Zucca at this short notice though. I can't personally vouch for Antico but others on this forum have commented favourably about the restaurant (although the separate bar seems to be less well thought of). I can also vouch for Tentazioni - very nice.