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On the former site of a Konditor bakery, this spot hosts the debut restaurant of Coventry-born Sri Lankan chef and cookbook author Cynthia Shanmugalingam. There was an ice cream pop-up over the summer of 2022, and the restaurant opened in March 2023.

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£41
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5
Exceptional
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“A fantastic new Sri Lankan restaurant that really does things differently!”: cookbook author Cythia Shanmugalingham opened her Borough Market newcomer in late 2022, and the dishes from its open kitchen – with much use of open grills – generated excellent ratings in our annual diners’ poll. The press have utterly raved too: The Standard’s Jimi Famurewa discovered a “buzzy, tropical playground” and had “an unforgettable, palate-rattling trip”; The Times’s Giles Coren was “mesmerised by watching the chefs” and “such great use of different kinds of fire”; and the FT’s Tim Hayward thought the food “so good it could heal wounds”.

Summary

On the Borough Market site of a Konditor bakery, this 60-cover, two-floor spot will soon host the debut restaurant of Coventry-born Sri Lankan chef Cynthia Shanmugalingam. Opening in October 2022, it promises regularly changing menus featuring street food snacks and more substantial options.

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10 Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AD

Rambutan Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Rambutan Restaurant in SE1, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Rambutan restaurant.
David W
Great Tamil food at a bargain...
Reviewed 2 months, 21 days ago

"Great Tamil food at a bargain"

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Lloyd S
Rambutan On sunday we payed our first to R...
Reviewed 4 months, 22 days ago

"Rambutan On sunday we payed our first to Rambutan in borough market for a Sri Lankan lunch. We unfortunately left with mixed feelings. When you book you advised that your table time is one hour and thirty minutes. We arrived fifteen minutes early but this wasn’t a problem as our table was ready. The thing was you are immediately told that your table will now need to be back ninety minutes from the time seated. They even send you an updated email. Now on to the food where we started with the Gundu Dosa and coriander sambol , Buttermilk Fried Chicken Wings with pol sambol and citrus pickle and the Deep Fried Roti with anchovy katta sambol. The flavour combination in each dish were amazing. For some reason had to keep the same cutlery and plates for our main courses. These of which arrived very quickly indeed. We were asked if we’d like another drink but due to the speed of the food arriving I didn’t see the point. We ordered the Black Pork Dry Curry , the Beef Cheek and Roasted Bone Marrow Rasam accompanied with white samba rice and a buttered roti. We also had a refreshing Pear , Daikon and Lime Leaf sambol. These dishes were nice but nothing special and not enjoyed as much as the starters. When the waitress cleared our table we had a nice chat and talked about which dishes we enjoyed the most. We then sat there for a few minutes before calling a waiter over to ask if the did any desserts as the are none on their website nor on the menu. We were told they don’t do desserts so just asked for the bill. This meant forty five minutes after arriving we left feeling quite disappointed especially as it took us an hour to get there. What I also noticed was that there were people in there before we arrived and were still there when we left. There also seemed to be tables being served at a more slower and relaxed pace. So I find it hard to work out why we were served so quickly when you consider we were told we had a ninety minute table time yet left in half that time."

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Matthew C
buzzing place with food to match! ...
Reviewed 6 months, 13 days ago

"buzzing place with food to match! "

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Prices

Starter Main Pudding
£3.50 £13.60 £0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £32.00
Filter Coffee £4.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
10 Stoney Street, London, SE1 9AD
Opening hours
Monday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10:15 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10:15 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 5 pm‑10:15 pm
Thursday12 pm‑10:15pm
Friday12 pm‑10:15pm
Saturday12 pm‑10:15pm
Sunday12 pm‑9 pm

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