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Union Street Café


Union Street Café

Offering cosy dinner with a sweet surprise, you’ll want to taste all the Italian-style dishes on offer at Soutwark’s latest.

Just as any other truly metropolitan city, London too, has a great choice of Italian restaurants covering luxurious consumption to your 3AM pizza slice after a night out. So besides good food, what differentiates a good Italian? The atmosphere, the attentive staff, its interior design?

I, personally, am a big fan of surprises. From the outside, the Union Street Café in Southwark looks unassuming. The neon blue writing of the restaurant’s name, reminding me of Tracey Emin’s neon works, gives away that the restaurant can be found here.

citizenLeonie says: car headlights for lamps and dark wooden tables spread amply through the room – gets me excited about a contemporary dining experience. Imagine my surprise, when I entered to find myself in an oasis of cosiness. Received by a warm welcome from the staff, immediately taking my order for aperitivo, I feel at ease. The hip setting – a space with industrial warehouse glamour, comical details such as car headlights for lamps and dark wooden tables spread amply through the room – gets me excited about a contemporary dining experience … and so it was.

Along with our Bellinis, fried risotto balls and Parmesan skin with balsamic, prepared our taste buds to receive all deliciousness that was to follow. Choosing what to have from a daily changing menu full of Italian specialties, mostly from the Piedmont region was a challenge. I suggest coming here with the kind of friends who share their food, so you can try many different plates.

Image courtesy of Union Street Café


The range of starters offers is anything from a real Burrata to fried Italian eggs on Pecorino as well as Mediterranean vegetable dishes. Followed by homemade pasta dishes that are local and yet extravagant … think hazelnut pesto! For mains there is a good choice of meat and fish, nonetheless the absolute highlight of my experience was the dessert. Sicilian cannoli, anise pear tart or Amalfi lemon panna cotta – impossible to choose! Your best bet: get a choice of ice creams! Flavours such as fennel and chamomile might sound off putting, but trust this citizenMag contributor, you’ll remember this place for its great atmosphere and beyond belief ice cream!

Image by citizenLeonie


P.S. Take a wander around the restaurant to discover the art hanging on its walls, all is for sale and hence on rotation. Also downstairs is a bar for after dinner drinks with jazz music on Fridays!

Union Street Café

47-51 Great Suffolk St
London SE1 0BS

Header image courtesy of Union Street Café

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