Restaurant Review: The Laughing Gravy Restaurant. If you desire quality modern British cuisine in London SE1, book at table at The Laughing Gravy Restaurant. It’s perfect if you want special occasion restaurants near Waterloo or the best places to eat near Southwark tube station.
“For a fabulous fine dining experience in London SE1, near Waterloo and Southwark stations, The Laughing Gravy serves up top notch nosh to a happy crowd of food lovers,” Homegirl London
The Laughing Gravy Restaurant Dinner Menu
A group of us visited this restaurant for Friday night dinner as a treat. The Head Chef is Michael Facey who has worked with John Torode, Mark Hix and Gary Hollihead. His experience is in modern British cuisine so expect a menu full of British seasonal ingredients. The herbs and veg are picked from the community garden next door so it’s as fresh as it gets!
Gloucester Pork Pie
The A La Carte menu featured some delightful starters. Richard tried the Gloucester Pork Pie with damson compote, walnut chutney and bramble shard. Anna selected the Roasted and Pickled Heritage Beetroot with goats’ cheese, nut and seed granola and olive tuile. Ellis had the Treacle Cured Tuna with seaweed flapjack.
Roasted and Pickled Heritage Beetroot
Homeboy can never resist mac ‘n cheese so he went for the Three Cheese and Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni. I settled for the Roast Butternut Squash with wild mushrooms, pumpkin puree, toasted cobb nuts and salted caramel vinaigrette. The starters were all very tasty and beautifully presented with an interesting combination of flavours and textures. These are on the small side though which is great if you want to fit in three courses.
Roast Butternut Squash
The mains were descent portions and well thought out in terms of ingredients. Richard and Ellis ordered the Aberdeen Angus Cheese Burger with hand cut chips. Richard scored the burger very highly, he’s a bit of an expert on the subject so they must have been superb. The chips are cooked in the same oil as the fish, so I decided not to help myself to any, they did look lovely though.
Aberdeen Angus Cheese Burger
Anna was being healthy, so she selected the Superfood Salad with baked crumbled goat’s cheese and chicken. I was happy with my Roast Heritage Vegetables, root vegetable dumplings, and red pepper ketchup. Homeboy tried the Smoked Haddock Fishcakes with buttered cabbage and Tewkesbury mustard sauce.
The dessert menu sounded tempting, but no one had room for any! If you are wondering what they were – Blackberry Frangipane, Espresso Brulée and Three Way Salted Caramel Pot were featured. Prices for starters are £8.75-9.90, mains £13.75-27 and desserts are £9-9.75. The drinks list is extensive and well selected, especially the wine. Try the house cocktails which includes Waterloo Sunset – Portobello Road Gin, Chambord, Chase Elderflower and Champagne for £13.50.
The Laughing Gravy Restaurant Interiors
There are a few tables on the pavement outside which is ideal for balmy city evenings. The interiors are contemporary and minimal. The glass skylight in the ceiling is impressive. Some of the walls feature original bare bricks. Black and white photographs of iconic London landmarks adorn the walls. Light fittings are industrial in style. It’s an attractive setting to enjoy a romantic dinner with your lover or to have a few drinks with colleagues after work.
The Laughing Gravy Information
To find out more about go to The Laughing Gravy Website. The address is 154 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8EN. The nearest stations are Waterloo or Southwark. Current opening times listed for the restaurant are Monday to Thursday 12-3pm and 5-10pm, Friday and Saturday 12-3pm and 5-10.30pm, Sunday 12-4.30pm. The bar has different opening times.
Author: Homegirl London. Photographs: Food pictures by Homegirl London, interior picture from the restaurant website. Thanks: Anna, Richard, Ellis and Homeboy for dining with me.