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Union Street Cafe

Union Street Cafe

This informal restaurant from Gordon Ramsay is his first venture south of the river. The restaurant focuses on Mediterranean seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on Italian artisan producers. They'll be complementing this with whatever is on hand from popular local foodie markets at Borough and Maltby Street. All of this will be in a large space designed by Russell Sage.

Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10

Critics' score: 5.5 Giles Coren Times
Reviewed on November 23, 2013
"It is not bad at all. It is a bit like Jamie’s Italian (which I like) except intended for grown-ups and with a higher spec for ingredients." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 8 Zoe Williams Telegraph Estimated score
Reviewed on October 23, 2013
"(Apart from panna cotta) I loved it. I suspect the prices will go up, but I only point that out to recommend it even more urgently." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7
Marina O'Loughlin Guardian
Reviewed on October 19, 2013
"Taken on its own merit – fingers still in ears, la la la – this is a fun restaurant you'd definitely use if you were in the area. Add the celebrity into the mix, and you get a place rammed with tourists and helmet-headed matrons in leopardskin hoping for a glimpse of their butch hero (dream on). It's my favourite Ramsay restaurant so far. Make of that what you will." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 2 Camilla Long Sunday Times
Reviewed on October 13, 2013
"The whole place is a slurp of nothing, from the fake Beckhams to the fake chairs, plastic tables and snooty, hating, ego-mad staff and grim pop art that looks as if it has only just survived a porn baron’s meth-related house fire. It’s a place of no care and maximum profit, created for and by the internet and people on Facebook." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 4 Matthew Norman Telegraph
Reviewed by September 24, 2013
"...the compelling sense is that Ramsay, a borderline genius once as a classical French chef, has no feel for this end of the market; and that his name, tarnished or not, is not enough to rescue this sterile venture from sublime irrelevance." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 7.5 John Walsh Independent
Reviewed on October 05, 2013
"I'm not sure Gordon Ramsay has pulled off the Brooklyn-comes-to-London effect he may have wanted, but he's certainly established a terrific new Italian in drab SE1." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Guy Dimond Time Out
Reviewed on October 03, 2013
"So is Union Street Café worth a three-month wait for a fixture? No. Back of the net? Definitely not. Good save? Only if you can get a table for lunch, or are lucky enough to score a walk-in table." READ REVIEW

 
Critics' score: 6 Joe Warwick Metro
Reviewed on October 03, 2013
"...Davide Degiovanni, the Alba-born Italian last seen behind the stove at Amaranto at the Four Seasons Hotel, has put together an ambitious menu for a fraction of the price of a swanky Italian of the sort Posh probably came across when her hubby was playing for AC Milan and she was shopping at Prada." READ REVIEW

 

Restaurant details

Address: 47 - 51 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BS

Telephone number: 020 7592 7977

Cuisine: Italian

Nearest station: Southwark

Opening times: Monday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 11pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12pm - 4pm, 6pm - 11pm

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