I used to live on the Southbank before it got ravaged by new builds and as soon as the Table opened it was a favourite. The reason being is that it looks like it is designedby architects (it is) and that the food is overseen by an architect’s wife (it is). It is not the kind of place you travel to due to its canteeny nature but is, instead, an extraordinary solid local.
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Let me start off by saying that my visit to the Table Cafe was accompanied by the best service I have had for as long as I can remember. Quite frankly they could have served turd fritters and I would have still enjoyed it.
But they didn’t.
We wandered in late, on a Sunday at 5:00pm (they shut at 6:00pm on weekends). This is when any sensible staff would have their eye on the clock and be grasping for a swift exit. However, they were the reverse and this is not a 3* Michelin joint or somewhere where you expect or have paid to receive such a reception. The friendly laid back nature of the staff reminded me more Momofuku Ko but at about $480 less a head.
I was slightly worried that the food might have lapsed or, well, my taste bubs might have got overly pompous but it/ they haven’t. We shared a two course menu (as we weren’t that hungry) of cauliflower soup for a starter and then a roast beef for a main. The portion sizes were so large that they exhausted two of us and I am not sure whether this was just because they were (i) clearing the decks before home time (ii) we are such super friendly people that restaurants want to give us extra food or (iii) they are just this generous the whole time.
Whatever, it was an excellent pub roast kind of meal but a notch above. Quite frankly this has tinged some nostalgia in me and I would quite like to be living close enough again to pop in regularly.
Price – £15ish per head