Open all day for dining from 8am - 11pm every Wednesday to Saturday, serving seasonal dishes from its bright, open kitchen, Audrey's is ready for whatever the British summer brings, with both indoor and outdoor seating. The Union Street building, located on a pedestrian island, was once a Victorian tram shelter and is equidistant from Borough Market and Southwark Bridge. It's a cool people-watching spot.
We went for an early-ish dinner and so had a mix of the snacks and larger sharing plates. These mutton popcorn pieces topped with green chilli ketchup were really good; mutton gives the bites a real depth of flavour, which holds its own against the chilli kick of the ketchup.
Heritage tomatoes, basil and ricotta arrived as a bruschetta, which is always a plus. The topping was very fresh and zingy with lemon zest, lovely on a warm evening. Service was a little hit-and-miss on our visit, but always friendly and courteous (this is a recent opening in a very difficult time for hospitality, so I am always conscious that staff may be new).
Our first sharing plate was a perfectly-cooked pork schnitzel topped with gochujang aioli and pickled kohlrabi; we very much enjoyed the contrasting freshness and spice of this, as well as the different textures. It was a generous portion to share - definitely one to try.
Next up was the aged ribeye with artichokes and bitter leaves. I'm not a huge fan of the plating of this one as I don't think it particularly showcases the steak - but hey, it was tasty, which is the right way round.
In addition to some interesting and inventive cocktails - Audrey’s Tea & Biscuits (cognac, chai, lemon, orgeat & cardamom) or a Breakfast Martini (Mum's Marmalade Gin, Cointreau & Lemon) anyone? - Audrey’s drinks menu features Allpress coffee and an exciting wine list from the multi award-winning Liberty Wines. I tried a delicious Sauvignon Blanc Vin Orange; all their wines are also available by the glass, a welcome touch for both solo and group dining.
Address: Audrey’s, 1 Flat Iron Square, Union Street, London SE1 0AB
Book here: www.audreyslondon.co.uk
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