Brew Wharf, 14-16 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD
Tube: London Bridge
The scene: The busy bar area attracting monied office workers and Financial Times journalists gives way to a simple yet welcoming dining area set beneath a high, arched ceilings revealing exposed brickwork.
The grub: For starters we choose grilled chorizo-and- squid skewers and beef carpaccio. Both are delicious and good precursors for the main event.
I develop a serious case of food envy for my friend’s perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned sea bass with new potatoes and grilled fennel, while my own duck leg with curly kale and fondant potato is tasty but could do with more of the Diablo sauce.
The highlights, though, are the desserts: we sample the meltingly soft fig and almond tart and the decadent, almost-tangy chocolate mousse.
Behind the bar: The menu provides beer pairing ideas for every course and, as such, offers an impressive range of tipples from across the continent and Brew Wharf’s own brews. Bill please Expect to pay about £40 each for a three- course meal including drinks.
– Alison Grinter