Review on Village East
'Gum-chewingly New York,' quipped Terry Durack in The Independent about Village East a hip venture that aims to bring a slice of sharp Manhattan to downtown Bermondsey, close to London Bridge. It's run by the team who set up the buzzy Garrison gastro pub just along the road, although the two are worlds apart in style.
Village East is targeted at what it dubs 'the local creative community' and it looks suitably fashionable. The whole thing is spread over two contrasting buildings - one a glass apartment block, the other a listed warehouse; there are areas on different levels and the entire package is topped by an open 'theatre kitchen' in the upstairs dining room.
The food which emanates from the stoves is eclectic modern bistro, pulling in voguish fusion ideas and retro classics with equal confidence. Here you will find ceviche of scallops with pickled cauliflower and yuzu juice or sautéed foie gras with miso paste jostling for position with potted cheese and Guinness, chateaubriand and grilled lobster with Montpelier butter. Likewise, desserts cover everything from chocolate pot with caramelised pecans to blood orange and Champagne jelly.
The 130-bin wine list is a wide-ranging assemblage tilted towards France and Italy, with plenty at the affordable end of the spectrum; otherwise check out the list of 'edgy' cocktails.
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Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: 9.00am - 4.00pm Sat & Sun Brunch
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Fri
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.00pm (10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card