Elliot’s Cafe

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I had been stalking Elliot’s Cafe for a while before it opened.  Walking past in the mornings on my way to work I saw the builders working away on the site right next to the hallowed turf of Monmouth and Konditor and Cook at Borough Markets.  I talked to the builders about what was coming, a cafe they said.  I waited, and watched, and finally the shutters were opened (despite a few unfinished elements) and Elliot’s was open for business.

Squid with alioli and dukkah

I went for lunch there with fellow Elliot’s stalker Tori, making a mental note to stop meeting lovely people right when I am about to leave the country.  All that work by the builders has resulted in a clever design which looks like it has been part of Borough for years.  It is all rather simple and pared back with exposed brick walls, large windows looking onto the market and basic wooden bistro tables and chairs.

The front of the cafe

The lunch menu is made up of small plates and changes regularly.  Glasses of tap water and decent bread and butter were brought automatically as soon as we sat down.  This pleased me.  I was also impressed by the emphasis throughout the menu on the produce on sale at the market.   It’s the small things.  Our waitress chatted away knowledgeably about the origins of the Buffalo mozzarella on offer in one of the salads.  The mozzarella (£7) was teamed with mashed courgettes and mint on a thick hunk of bread.  The cheese itself was everything you could wish for in a mozzarella but the dish could probably have done with some spices or something extra to enliven it.

The buffalo mozzarella with courgettes and mint

There were no such issues with the fat grilled mackerel (£13.50) which came with a jumble of sweet tasting heritage tomatoes slathered in olive oil.  Each mouthful was a riot.   I could not get enough of the tender, bouncy squid (£7.50) which was teamed with a rich aioli and topped with a sprinkling of dukkah to add texture and crunch.  Dessert was limited to ices so instead we opted for a cheeky glass of rosé each, a Granache Luberon from France (£4.50) which was very sweet and very pink.  

Mackerel with heritage tomato salad

Elliot’s is the sort of place you would be happy eating at for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  It’s all day, no bookings, casual dining that will fit right in at Borough Market.  The stalking is officially over.

Essentials
Details: Elliots, 12 Stoney St, Borough Markets SE1 9AD (Ph 020 8980 0030).  Tube: London Bridge.
Damage: Reasonable.  Our bill for two came to £40.
7/10
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8 comments

  1. Small plates are just perfect when meeting a friend for lunch, aren’t they? Order a few and graze while having a good catch-up. Looking forward to trying Elliot’s.

  2. Funny how one always to manage finding great places and lovely people right before leaving the country – the same has just been happening to me these last few days!

    On the flip side, I’m very excited to finally be able to run through your selection of restauants and cafes “live”, instead of just sitting at hme watching your mouth atering pictures 😉

  3. So many excellent places have opened around London Bridge since I have moved away from there in January… This would have become my local, what a pity.

  4. I hate that I work in Brentford.

  5. Tasting Pages – Yes I agree, I love sharing food

    Katherina – Murphy’s law I suppose. Hope you love London!

    Ute – It is a great area to live or work near.

    Greedy Diva – No Elliot’s there then?!

  6. Looks like a great place – and I am loving the swuid with dukkah. Might have to try and recreate that mozzarella dish at home…

  7. I will try Elliot’s this weekend. The picture of the mackerel just made the sides of my mouth water.

  8. This WANNA be Steamers, has less to do about seafood than Kansas has to do with beach surfing. The menu is small, but all prices are super high. The food is quick, you’d be best to buy them at burger king. Plates run up $25 dollars and you are paying for cheap fries and lemons. This is a RIP OFF restaurant and you should not waste your money there. Also, the management wasn’t even around when one of the employees that was black, was screaming at another cook,telling him that he was going to kick his ass, all this while trying to cook our meal. My sister however did order the Salmon Tacos, and half way through, she found a long dark hair in it the meal. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING PLACE. DO NOT GO HERE. YOU WILL WASTE YOUR MONEY AND YOUR TIME!!!! If that wasn’t bad enough, their waiters were talking about their last weekend and how much weed they had smoked along with the black chef who was working the sushi bar…. This was unprofessional, and disgusting.

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