Bermondsey Street near London Bridge is turning into a bit of a foodie haven. With Jose and the newly opened Pizarro along the same stretch and the hip Zucca down the road, you are not short of options to eat along here.
Delfina is an unusual restaurant housed in a cavernous minimalistic white space. It’s previous incarnations as a chocolate factory are not distinguishable now. We went for lunch recently and my dining companion’s text to me before I arrived as ” I’m waiting in the hangar”. Having so much space, the tables are set quite far apart so it would make a great venue to have a business lunch without being overhead by the next tables.
From the ala carte menu we hadthe wild mushroom ravioli with truffle cream (£5.95) was a bit dry and the portion could have been a bit bigger. The Rosary Ash goats cheese, trio of beetroot with a honey dressing (£5.50) , which was quite a delightfully well balanced combination.
For mains, it was a fish kind of day so I opted for the fish of the day with a lemon and mustard dressing (£13.75). The fish was perfectly cooked, quite a large portion and well seasoned. The other fish on the menu was cod, which for a restaurant that boasts of supporting sustainable fish is a bit off.
The second main course was breaded taleggio cheese with roasted tomatoes (£9.95). My friend said that the cheese was rather bland and felt it lacked an element.
For puddings, there was the blood orange pannacotta with pistachio syrup (£4.50), lovely to look at and qutie delicious.
The fig and frangipane tart (£4.95) was light and not overly sweet but rather over powered by the cinammon ice cream.
Delfina is a good choice for lunch around the London Bridge area, not over priced and nicely excuted food (if you choose correctly) with a seasonal menu. The service was unhurried but at times inattentive. They also offer a set lunch menu at a very reasonable price.
Delfina is open for lunch on Mon – Friday and for dinner on Fridays.
Bermondsey Bees and Bermondsey Honey
A while back we were invited to Delfina for a special event highlighting it’s menu with Bermondsey Honey. This had just won the best Restaurant Honey award. A bunch of us were invited to see the hives before a dinner at Delfina.
Who knew that there were beekeepers in this very urban part of London. Dale Gibson keeps 2 hives at the top of his house on Bermondsey Street. It might seem unusual but there is ample vegetation in the area for the bees to feast on and it’s unique location gives this honey its distinctive flavour. The honey is available for sale locally but there isn’t a lot of it as there are only 2 hives. If you do see any, do buy some. London Beekeepers need to be supported and encouraged to help the declining population of honey bees.
Slowfoodkitchen was a guest of Delfina.