Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Bankside
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Bankside restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 5 restaurants in Bankside and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Bankside restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Bankside Restaurants
1. Lupins British, Modern restaurant in Bankside 66 Union St - SE1
This “wonderful” two-year-old is the brainchild of chefs Lucy Pedder and Natasha Cooke, whose “affordable” modern British small plates are “cooked to a very high standard” – so “full marks to these brave young women”. “Handy for Tate Modern” in the Flat Iron complex, Lupins is “small”, so remember to book.
2. Sea Containers, Mondrian London British, Modern restaurant in Bankside 20 Upper Ground - SE1
Views of the Thames and a chic interior combine to create a lovely setting for this well-groomed South Bank destination: on the ground floor of a swish hotel near Blackfriars Bridge. It escaped the harsh criticisms of past years in the most recent survey feedback: in particular its “super buffet brunch” with bottomless Prosecco is a top feature.
3. Tonkotsu Bankside Japanese restaurant in Bankside 4 Canvey St - SE1
“Healthy ramen bowls” and “the best karaage fried chicken in town” are the secrets behind the rapid growth of the cramped Japanese pitstops, of which there are now 10 in London – the most recent openings, in Shoreditch and Peckham, having followed a £5million investment in 2019. They provide “a meal that could fill you up for a day”, with “excellent service from a really friendly team who go the extra mile”.
4. tibits Vegetarian restaurant in Bankside 124 Southwark St - SE1
“For a perfect vegetarian food experience at a fair price, look no further” than this increasingly popular, Swiss-owned, self-service operation, with branches off Regent Street and on Bankside. There’s “an amazing choice” of “very fresh food that changes daily”, run under an “unusual system whereby you serve yourself from buffet (aka ‘the food boat’) and pay by weight”. The Bankside branch, near Tate Modern, has been revamped to offer a range of seating, from high bar stools or conventional tables to comfy armchairs.
5. Camino Bankside Spanish restaurant in Bankside The Blue Fin Building, 5 Canvey St - SE1
A “good choice of drinks” helps fuel the “buzzy” style of this “good value” Hispanic group. Some reporters feel its tapas offering is rather “standard”, but most reports are of “good tapas at good prices”.
6. Tate Modern Restaurant, Level 9 British, Modern restaurant in Bankside Level 9, Blavatnik Building (formerly Switch House), Bankside - SE1
Part of an enormous extension for London's Tate Modern; the 10-storey Switch House building on the Bank Side - renamed the Blavatnik Building in May 2017 after the Tate's biggest ever donor - a modern, British restaurant championing small producers from across the UK.
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