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November 2018: Il Bordello has moved to Metropolitan Wharf

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Summary

This “enduringly appealing”, “family-run Italian in fashionable Wapping is always packed, so you have to book well ahead”. It’s “so noisy the children can’t be heard”, and the “old-style cooking (good pizzas and pasta) means no one leaves hungry” – in fact, “the only fault is that the servings are too large!”.

£64
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

“Love the place!” – a fixture in Wapping, this “very traditional Italian” is “always thrumming, which gives it a terrific atmosphere”. “Always good value”, it’s “unchanged for years – including the waiters...”.

£56
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“Cosy, friendly, lively, jolly” – this “quintessential neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Wapping is always overcrowded (a good sign)” and has particularly “enthusiastic” service. “It churns out huge portions of wholesome grub” (in particular “brilliant pizza”) – “even when you are at your hungriest, you will find it hard to finish your plate!”

£51
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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“Exemplary service”“full of Italian warmth” – helps win this “closely packed” and “noisy” Wapping local “gem” a hugely devoted following, and it’s atmosphere’s “terrific”; as for the “proper, homely Italian cooking”, portions are “enormous” (with “brilliant pizza” a highlight).

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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Owner's description

Often packed & buzzing, this modest Wapping restaurant attracts a loyal following, with queues at the door & much fuss & warmth attending the arrival of regulars, for whom this is ‘the quintessential local Italian restaurant’. The reasons for its success are not hard to divine: ‘decent portions’ of ‘great food’ served with efficiency & the occasional dash of charm by waistcoat-wearing Italian waiters. Starters are of near-main course proportions & include perfect garlic mushrooms with highly moppable oil & a commendably generous octopus salad; the pizza & pasta choice is bewildering, from a mammoth calzone to the il Bordello with artichokes, & there are meat & fish mains including a few more ambitious dishes among the chalked-up daily specials. The wine list provides plenty of sub-£20 choice to ensure it’s all washed down with suitably Italian gusto.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£9.45 £18.95 £6.95
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £17.95
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Highchair, Portions
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Il Bordello Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Il Bordello Restaurant in E1W, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Il Bordello restaurant.
Richard F
Nice enough restaurant but nothing special...
Reviewed 5 months, 10 days ago

"Nice enough restaurant but nothing special"

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Metropolitan Wharf, 70 Wapping Wall, London, E1W 3SS
Opening hours

Mon - Fri noon - 3 pm, 6 pm - 11 pm; Sat 6 pm - 11 pm; Sun 1 pm - 10.30 pm
Last orders: 11 pm, Sun 10.30 pm

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