Village East, Bermondsey Street
Mimi ON Oct 06, 2010 AT 9:30 am
By John Gregory-Smith
My search for a new East London restaurant took me to Village East on Bermondsey Street, officially my new favourite street in London… one day I will have a warehouse apartment there!
From the outside Village East looks very small and intimate but when you walk in the place opens out into a really lively restaurant. On one side is a cool bar with wooden floors, raw bricks and slick furniture and on the other a dining room and open kitchen. I took my flatmate there the other day and we had a great time.
I was particularly impressed with the seasonal menu. It was short and sweet and split into vegetarian, meat, fish and grill sections (which included steaks and chermoula spiced poussin) making it easy to order exactly what you felt like.
The starters were quite mixed with British and Asian influences in there. I had the smoked haddock soufflé that was light and fishy on a bed of buttered leeks and my flat mate had the seared scallops and caramelised pork belly, which was beautifully rich and tender with a lovely savoury teriyaki glaze.
For our mains we shared the chateaubriand. I love this cut of meat and it was fantastic, served with grilled tomatoes and mushrooms and a rich buttery béarnaise for heavy dunking. Then, for our desserts, I went for the warm chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream which was lovely! However, the real show stopper was my mates sticky date and walnut pudding with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce… and I don’t usually like traditional British desserts! It was a modern version; a really light, moist cake, with a rich sauce that was so tasty that I got some serious food envy.
I really enjoyed Village East, everyone was having fun and really tucking into their food. I always like places with a separate bar, so you can have a few drinks first without interrupting any diners. I would suggest getting there early and sipping on one of their cracking espresso Martinis before dinner.