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  • 4.0 star rating
    23/4/2014

    Quite pleasant serviceable upmarket  gastropub fare - without the pub part.

    crispy duck salad

    haloumi piled vertically (why do cooks treat food like three dimensional sculpture toys?) with good vegetables and a fine sauce.

    both the duck and the haloumi were first rate.

    prices are fair.

    london is filled with restaurants i will remember until the day i die ....

    but between carry-to-the-grave happy memories -

    you can eat all the meals you like here - and never be unhappy.

    solid lovely place.

  • 3.0 star rating
    7/8/2014

    Popped here for a pre-theatre dinner with a work friend of mine. She has a gluten allergy and to be fair they were very accommodating. It helped that she had a really good amount of choice, even on the pre-theatre menu.

    But the staff were not good. They looked miserable to be there, unhelpful in taking orders and were not qick despite them knowing that everyone there was on pre-theatre which gives you a finite timeline.

    Having said that, the food came in good portions and was rather tasty. I went for a squid and chorizo salad to satart - the squid was a bit rubbery but the chorizo was lovely, nice big chunks. Then a vegetarian main of pasta, asparagus, tomatoes and a pesto dressing. Classic flavours that aren't difficult to do. Portion was a bit large. The wine that we picked was crisp, dry yet fruity - a really nice touch.

    I felt depressed to be in there though, it's not good having that kind of downtrodden atmosphere before seeing a play!

  • 5.0 star rating
    13/9/2014
    2 check-ins

    Delightful little restaurant near our hotel.  We had the mushroom risotto, a goat cheese appetizer, the pork belly appetizer, and the halibut, all cooked to perfection.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  We enjoyed our meal and the ambience of the restaurant.  We would return for another meal.

  • 5.0 star rating
    11/9/2014
    1 check-in

    Good food and wine and gracious hospitality,  for a beautiful family reunion dinner. One of the best places around here, if you want it quiet and good. More expensive than we thought, but it was worth it!

  • 3.0 star rating
    26/7/2013
    1 check-in

    Came here for a pre-Old Vic dinner with my parents - it's a great spot for the theatre given that it's next door!  With that in mind, dinner was pretty efficient (getting through two courses in an hour and a quarter).

    The food is...ok.  Given that it's currently an exceptionally hot summer, some of the menu items seemed to be a bit on the heavy side.  Like...duck confit and beef stroganoff.  I'm really not a seasonal eater at all, but I thought it a tad odd.  I started with a smoked halibut and mango salad - the smoked halibut was decent, but the salad itself had too much of the really nasty cheap stringy bits which I absolutely detest.  Seriously.  If you're going to charge £10 for a starter, you can at least put in some decent greens.

    I had grilled Thai-esque sea bass with coconut rice for main course.  The fish was well cooked, but the rice was definitely lacking a bit of seasoning.  I have quite a high salt tolerance, but even so, there simply wasn't enough in there.  Oh, and for a £17 dish, you do want some greens with it too, but nope, they're sold separately which I think is a bit much.  On a positive note, their chips are good.

    All in all, not bad, but not memorable either.  It definitely is steeper than I'd like, but I guess the location does contribute to the premium.

  • 4.0 star rating
    1/6/2013
    1 check-in

    I have to admit I was one of those confused people a few months ago looking for this restaurant but saw that the Waterloo Bar and Grill was closed and decided to go somewhere else when we had reservations for this restaurant.  

    It was bank holiday Monday and I called the Anchor and Hope a few weeks before and confirmed it was open for dinner.  Tricked!!  Luckily for my Yelp app I did a quick search and called to see if they were open and they were.  Not sure if it was empty because it was the bank holiday or a Monday but don't like that deter you from trying this place.

    If I had a bigger appetite that night, I would've had the baked brie starter but knew I would barely finish my main if I did.  I had the halloumi with grilled vegetables and it was so good.  Almost what I would expect at a vegetarian BBQ.  It was surprisingly filling and glad I didn't get a heavier dish.

    I'll definitely come back to this place if I'm in the area or seeing a show at any of the Vics.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/12/2008
    First to Review
    Listed in Top Restaurants

    This is one of those more simple canteen-esqe type of restaurants that I actually found very cool. The place has a brilliant atmosphere with relaxed but on-the-ball staff.

    This is a classic example of a venue where simple works better. The menu isn't too fancy but the food is very impressive and tasty. I had the weekend all day brunch option of Eggs Royale with salmon and it was very tasty indeed. If you are on the more hungry side, they also serve great steaks and the cod looked delicious.

    You can also get a lovely glass of Rose and at around £3.60 for a glass it is good value. This is the sort of place that is great to meet a group of friends for a relaxed meal.

  • 4.0 star rating
    3/4/2012

    Went here to celebrate my dad's birthday while we were visiting London. Our rental apartment was just a couple blocks away and this spot not only had great Trip Advisor reviews but was always busy when we walked by. We made a last minute online booking for 9 p.m (at 8 p.m) and received a confirmation email. Unfortunately we were delayed in getting there and was told that our table was given away (understandable).

    However they made room for us and then moved us to a bigger spot (we were a group of 6 adults and a baby who were jammed at a 4 person table) when it became available. The appys were fantastic (pork belly, goats cheese and the tiger shrimps). Reasonable wine list and some delicious ports and sweet wines. The main meals were quite good, favourites included the fresh buttery haddock, the rib eye steak was good (but not great), the special of the day was a salmon and it was extremely flavourful. The veg option of fried haloumi was good but the tomato sauce didn't pair to well. The salmon in a thai sauce was our least favourite. Their dessert menu left much to be desired.

    Server was fantastic though a bit slow on the water deli very (didn't get any till well after dessert!). They do tag an optional 12.5% service charge - which is fine by us as we are used to about 18% in Canada. That said, it is odd that it is "optional" - what are we to tell the waiter .."umm do you mind removing the service charge and reprinting the bill please?"

  • 4.0 star rating
    20/10/2013

    While unable to find an uncrowded pub to eat dinner at, we decided to try it because there wasn't a wait.  The restaurant is located right next to the Old Vic Theatre and was full.  I guess we missed the theatre crowd and just made the second sitting.  

    The food and the service was very good.  We both enjoyed our meals.  I would definitely recommend it if you are in the area.  I don't give 5 stars unless everything is excellent, and this place was close.

    • Qype User vixf…
    • Manchester
    • 62 friends
    • 132 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    15/11/2008

    Very impressive restaurant with busy atmosphere. The food is well presented and delicious. I would agree with duncan 157 that It was comfort food. The staff are very helpful- especially when the table behind spilt wine on my back, they offered to pay for a new jumper or dry cleaning, but luckily it came out in the wash at home. The meals are around £10-£15 and I was one of the only ones on my table that was able to finish it all. The flavours in my Pan fried Salmon with cream and chive potato (mash basically) Was really nice. The fish was cooked really well and the potato and sauce really complimented the fish. The other meals on my table loooked equally delicious- steak and chips, risotto, and lamb shanks.
    I would definately recommend it.
    nice loos as well. (always imporatnt) :P

    • Qype User duncan…
    • London
    • 37 friends
    • 29 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    1/9/2008

    One of my favourite restaurants in London! The food is fantastic - modern, delicious - comfort food I'd say. Everything I've tasted is delicious, and be sure to check the specials menu which always has something interesting.

    For me the highlight is the chocolate fondant - takes 20 minutes to prepare but well worth the wait. Perfect chocolatey heaven!!!

    It's always busy - filled with chatter and laughter, but be warned: always book ahead.

    Pricier than other places in the area, but worth every penny.

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/1/2010

    I'm so impressed with this little restaurant. I came here on Friday night, ate too much and had really rather a lot of fun. Considering I was rounding off an utterly rubbish week, I was completely cheered up and left very happy indeed.

    Comfort food is a great way of describing the menu. Lots of fish - more so than anything else. Luckily, my haddock, potato rosti and poached egg main was so yummy. It didn't even look that special when it arrived. Perfectly cooked fish, and in a fantastic sauce. And so much better than my friend's steak, which was actually pretty good (although not cooked medium like he asked, he was still happy). But, I definitely won the main course and he had food envy. The dish could have done with something green, maybe some spinach. It was very yellow despite its yumminess.

    Pear tart wasn't as good as the main (or my friend's crumble) but the ginger ice cream was wonderful. Service here was fantastic. Happy, friendly waitresses serving quickly and with a smile, without getting annoyed when we asked for some more time. It was pretty quiet, but there was still enough of a buzz about the place to keep the evening interesting. I wasn't in the best of moods, but dinner here changed that and I left full and with a smile on my face. Dinner was about £50 for two, so it's not cheap but it's so very worth it. I can't wait to go back.

  • 3.0 star rating
    21/7/2013

    EH. Cool spot and all, but the food is subpar. Definitely better stuff in a more central location.

    • Qype User alex…
    • Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • 36 friends
    • 57 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    29/2/2008

    This throbbingly busy restaurant is right next to the Old Vic, with all the theatre trade giving it a nice bit of edge. A lot of the customers must be including dinner as part of a proper London night out, and are thus determined to indulge in as much wine, conversation and eating as possible, consequently, the Bar & Kitchen feels pacey, loud and fun.

    The staff are attentive, the menu is solid and good value without being too adventurous and the wine list is comprehensive.

    Don't expect to get a table without booking ahead and do consider this as a good place to take a date, combining a play with some good nosh.

    • Qype User streng…
    • London
    • 20 friends
    • 259 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    6/11/2011

    Quite a nice little place. Came here for dinner on Wednesday as a party of 5. The venue is nicely done and the atmosphere is friendly. The service was attentive and the waiters seemed interested.
    For starters I had pork belly with apple compote and mustard, this was very good, crispy on the outside and moist and melt in the mouth on the inside. The apple and the mustard set the fattiness of the pork off very well.
    For main course I had thai spiced sea bass with coconut and prawn rice. I love thai flavours but they didn't come through in this dish very much at all and it was disappointingly bland. Jenny had the prok belly as a main course (each of the starters can be had as a main course) but turning it into a main course just seemed to involve 8 bits of pork belly rather than 3 and double the apple compote. Whilst I could vouch for how nice the pork belly was 8 pieces with no accompaniments other than sauce seemed excessive given how rich pork belly is, especially for a girl? I had to help her finish it.
    I had pear and frangipane tart for dessert, which was ok but a bit sweet. The bill was very reasonable and we had a nice time overall, but the main courses need a bit more work

  • 5.0 star rating
    1/10/2012

    I have to admit usually go to places on group deals and you find out why they need to discount the meal and this was not one of them.  We liked every course and though empty still had a nice vibe though do not confuse this place with waterloo bar and grill up the street which i think is closed.  Had some very good affordable wines.  If looking for a place when going to  show at the old Vic you would be wise to come here.

    • Qype User Hungry…
    • London
    • 71 friends
    • 135 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    29/9/2010

    hungryinlondon.com/2010/…
    (more from me :)

    Waterloo Bar and Kitchen is a very bad restaurant. I am just telling you this so that you not, by chance such as me, stumble in there and waste precious money, time and calories on their hideous food.

    We went to see Noel Coward's Design for Living at the Old Vic (which by the way is a very enjoyable, funny and well-done play). It takes 3 hours so it was almost eleven when we got out and just wanted a quick bite and a glass of wine. On the way to my bus stop is Waterloo Bar and Kitchen which serves pre- and post-theatre food and we courageously gave it a try. I know again now why I religiously read restaurant reviews and hardly go anywhere which has not been pre-tested by trusted food bloggers and restaurant reviewers.

    We only had starters (thank god!) but they were truly dreadful. I opted for the marinated artichoke, sun blushed tomatoe, olive and green bean salad (5.75) because I like artichokes and tomatoes and green beans. The salad mainly consisted of lettuce. There was one half artichoke shyly hidden under a salad leave and (I counted) 3 lonely green beans. They were extremely generous also on the sun-blushed tomatoes, there must have been at least 2. Somehow the 'chef' did not appear to find it necessary to put any dressing on this sad combination of ingredients. When I (with sinking hopes) asked for balsamico and olive oil, I very kindly got a small dish (which you usually use to dip bread in olive oil) with a (surprisingly) tasteless mixture of oil and vinegar. Very peculiar.

    The other starter was not much better either. The chicken liver pate with toasted onion brioche and cumberland sauce (5.95) was an abomination. The prevailing flavour was cream, otherwise it lacked any kind of seasoning. The plain thought of it makes me shudder. The glass of merlot I had was sour and basically non-drinkable. It is rare that I don't finish my alcohol, believe you me!

    This is the worst restaurant I have been to since starting this blog. Congratulation to Waterloo Bar and Kitchen for the dubious honour of pushing Nuocman from its leading place.

    • Qype User Rhiant…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 69 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    27/11/2008

    Had a lovely meal here one evening with a friend, although went rather early so it was quiet, and I don't think we got the full atmosphere as a result. The food and service were quick, and reasonably priced, particularly as we'd booked through another foody website and so had a half priced offer. The decor is fun and funky, and it's set in such a great location, that we enjoyed a lovely walk along the Thames to work off our wonderful pudding.

  • 4.0 star rating
    12/7/2012
    1 check-in

    Recommendations are always welcome and this one goes on my must try for dinner. We had a farewell luncheon for a colleague here which proved to be a good place for a group. Our reservation was early therefore we must have missed the crowd. The restaurant has a rustic, large bistro feel with the wine list on a chalkboard which is helpful. Interior designers will usually tell you that blue is not an appetizing color however the use is minimal and it didn't bother me in this space. Each of us ordered different items and the menu has variety. I had the bacon and avocado salad which is listed as a starter however if you ask for a meal portion they'll happily accommodate. The wines listed look nice and I enjoyed a tasty Chenin Blanc with lunch. Service was prompt and efficient. As we finished the room was filling up so I can tell this is possibly a local favorite especially for business people nearby. Every dish that was served looked good and received good feedback. All in all this seems like another gem in London's tasty dining crown and this American Southerner is definitely going back y'all. Bon appetite!

    • Qype User michae…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 2 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    3/5/2013

    As a frequent visitor to London, I regularly need to take a train from Waterloo. Bar and Kitchen was ideal being a two-minute walk down the road. The food was comfortingly delicious and the floor staff delightful. Definite value for money.

    • Qype User shelle…
    • Derby
    • 1 friend
    • 112 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    4/2/2010

    Booked this restaurant as we were visiting the Old Vic - booking was easy, even though we were visiting in December and I only booked a week in advance. They also ran their pre-theatre menu throughout december. There is a nice shiny bar area and the restaurant is towards the back. Staff are efficient without being in your face. Menu was good, with nice veggie options. House wine was good quality. Toilets were clean. Good meal had by all and will visit the next time Im at the Old Vic.

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