No ordinary restaurant – The Brigade, Fire Station, Tooley Street

Meal for two: £50 per head including wine (excl service).

The Brigade on Tooley Street, London Bridge, is buzzing when we arrive – there’s a busy bar area with city workers and diners waiting to be seated. We’re greeted straightaway by a waitress who seats us in the open plan restaurant, which is a contemporary modern offering and open plan kitchen area.

The Brigade is not just a restaurant it also has private dining rooms, a cookery school upstairs and a wine club. And it doesn’t stop there they are working together with the ‘Beyond Food Foundation’ and ‘Babcock International’ to make a difference to young people who have been at risk or have experienced homelessness are offered an opportunity to take part in a unique apprenticeship programme called United Kitchen.

The Brigade restaurant

The Brigade restaurant

The food concept is seasonal British produce and the menu lists the best produce for the month, which is a nice touch from sesaonal vegetables to seasonal fish.

The wine list is excellent at The Brigade with a wide selection of some lovely new and old world wines and fun cocktails and ales.  We started with a glass of  Rias-Baixas Bodegas Castro Martin Albarino matched to a salad of  spiced seared tuna and a glass of New Zealand, Spa Valley, Sauvignon Blanc with the Wiltshire Venison Carpaccio with truffle oil and aged winchester cheese.

The spiced seared tuna salad whilst perfectly seared and fairly tasty lacked the wow factor of the Venison carpaccio, but perhaps I’m being slightly bias as I can’t get enough or truffle oil recently which is rocking my taste buds world.

For the main my companion chose a roasted monkfish with parmesan gnocchi and glass of rioja rosada and I chose the seared British beef fillet and glass of Argentinian Catena Malbec. The British beef was excellent quality but I had requested it medium rare and it was closer to medium, while disappointing it’s not unusal for British restaurants; so for my next steak in the UK I’ll be requesting rare and see if that works!

What I particularly loved about The Brigade is there charity concept working with people on the apprenticeship programme and making an concrete contribution to people struggling in the UK, it’s refreshing and great to see, may other restaurants folow their lead.

Overall the meal was excellent and is in a convenient spot for weekday post work drinks or dinner and even a good reliable weekend choice if you have visitors.

http://www.thebrigade.co.uk
http://www.beyondfoodfoundation.org.uk

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