There are some days, and some evenings, which you know you’ll always remember. Time will move on, but the feelings felt at the time will remain, forever etched in your mind in a rosy glow. A three hour long lunch in the sun with my best friend, followed by Coldplay’s final concert at Wembley was definitely a day for the memory bank; can a summer’s Sunday get any better?
I was a bit apprehensive suggesting meeting at Boro Bistro; I just stumbled upon them on Google and thought it seemed an ideal place to meet before a wander around the Tate Modern…..(definitely ordered another bottle of wine instead of being culture vultures.) Luckily, Boro Bistro more than lived up to expectations. It’s pretty hard to locate – head to Southwark Cathedral and it’s nestled up against it- but don’t be tempted to just head to the nearby Borough Market stalls. Trust me, Boro Bistro is worth the argument with Citymapper.
With banging French tapas style food, a buzzy, laid-back atmosphere and plenty of squishy sofas to while away the hours, Boro Bistro is a great place to come with friends or for a date.
The menu isn’t particularly clear if the dishes are gluten/dairy free but it has a seriously varied menu with oodles of meat/fish/veggie options so there’s bound to be something for everyone. Most of the food comes from the traders in the adjacent Borough market and you really notice the quality and freshness of the ingredients used. I knew we’d hit the jackpot of a restaurant when our nibbles of whitebait, (£3.50), and anchovies, (£3), arrived; both were spankingly fresh, not too sauce/batter heavy and utterly moreish.
Deciding that heading to the Tate Modern was rather ambitious given the amount of rose we were sampling, we went to town on the ordering.
The mushroom solider and duck egg with caviar was delicious, (£7), although definitely not ideal if you have a gluten allergy as the mushroom is encased in a dangerously addictive batter.
The asparagus, almond slivers and carrot puree was probably my favourite dish, (£8). A simple dish that stole the show due to the freshness of the asparagus. A reminder that if you use fresh ingredeients, you don’t need to do anything too swanky to a dish; and this was also seen in Buro Bistor’s sweet potato dish.
Just piping hot, chunky, misshaped potatoes with a good hit of paprika/spices and so good that we ordered a second round immediately upon finishing the first.
I unashamedly bagged the last of the vegetable cigarette rolls; the melting goats cheese combined with the aubergine and tomato was the stuff of dreams, although I didn’t think the rocket added that much to the dish- then again, I was eating with my fingers in true tapas style so perhaps if I had been more feminine and used a fork, the rocket would have become more of a contender in the dish.
The croque monsieur, (£5.50); slightly disappointing as it was luke warm and rather stingy on the ham. The beef onglet made up for it though and came with some of the best cheesy leeks served in London; if you don’t eat dairy avoid this dish as the sauce is exceptionally creamy.
I’ve found that sharing/tapas style dishes means that the bill is normally pretty hefty. We ordered carefully, avoiding the dishes which are £10 plus and although it wasn’t a cheap lunch, the fact that we were there for 3 hours chatting and nibbling away says a lot. I would definitely go back, although possibly not in the winter as inside it’s quite dark and gloomy and I always think that tapas is made for warm days/evenings when everyone is relaxed, rose in hand, sun on backs.
So should Chris Martin decide to do another concert in London, definitely go to Boro Bistro for an appropriately boozy lunch in celebration. Because what a concert it will be.
A ‘Sky full of dreams’ was utterly mind-blowing.
With an unbeatable, electrically charged atmosphere, the concert was a reminder that music can unite us all and transport us to a place where political/religious/sexual views don’t matter. There’s not anything better than dancing as the sun sets in Wembley, sharing the experience with thousands of people around you, all of whom are having the time of their lives.
A day and an evening never to forget.
Boro Bistro can be found at 6-10 Borough High St, London SE1 9QQ