Union Street Cafe

The big prices reflect the big name and what with Gordon Ramsay’s group being behind Union Street Café, it’s hardly surprising that the prices slightly make your eyes water. Once you’re over the initial shock of paying close to £20 for a plate of pasta, sit back and enjoy everything this ‘urban Italian’ restaurant delivers. Impeccably slick service and a dashingly good bread basket (we love a restaurant that doesn’t scrimp on the detail) whilst sitting in cosy leather booths isn’t a bad way to spend a Friday evening. With a fabulous Italian bar downstairs you really do have everything set for a great night out (or a day – children eat free in the daylight hours).

The Italian chef has a background in Michelin restaurants and boy, does it show. Re-creating authentic Italian dishes with added finesse we had one of the best bowls of pasta we’ve found this side of Tuscany. Who knew that a simple asparagus and pecorino tagliolini could be quite so delicious. Fish is the star of most dishes though if you’d prefer a protein-filled meal shown for their simplicity with broad beans, herbs and citrus additions.

Located near to Elephant and Castle it’s not our usual stomping ground but remember it’s accessible by the joyous, how all London tube lines should run, Jubilee line. Simple pleasures.

47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BS

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