Restaurant in Borough Market
Lupins restaurant in Borough Market is set over 2 floors, serving traditional British tasting plates. They have casual bar seating by the kitchen counter or a smaller, more intimate space upstairs. We settled upstairs in a cosy corner of the dining room. Sharing dishes are the concept here with a focus on seasonal British produce. Lupins offers a good wine list – we opted for half a carafe of the Quinto Arrio, Rioja, 2016 between us (£18). A range of beers are also available.
We started with the Gordal olives (£5) to snack on with our wine and the mushroom & gorgonzola croquettes (£5). The croquettes were deliciously cheesy, had a lovely crisp coating and the mushrooms packed a flavour punch – a great starter.
We had 4 sharing plates as recommended for main dishes. We started with the Bream ceviche with smoked cods roe, pickled cucumber and fermented chilli. It was a lovely light plate, beautifully presented (as are all the offerings here) with fresh flavours. The ceviche fish was flaky and fresh and the cucumber brought a lovely sharpness to the whole dish.
Next up was the burrata with black figs, aged balsamic vinegar and lardo (£10) and the roast cauliflower with green tahini, sweet miso and crisp rice (£8). Both were flavourful – the creamy burrata and fig combination was a winner and the cauli dish was earthy and really showcased cauliflower as a standalone ingredient well. The Cornish crab thermidor (£10) was last but not least – a warming bowl of crab in a rich creamy sauce with crusty bread on the side.
We had the dark chocolate ganache with sesame and salted caramel (£6). It was a rich end to a great meal. The ganache was creamy and deliciously, deeply steeped in the flavour of good dark chocolate. The salted caramel was also properly salted and was delicious – a very pleasing end to the meal.
Lupins restaurant in Borough Market is a gem that highlights British produce with fresh flavours and beautiful plates of food. The restaurant is a great spot for an intimate date or catch up with friends in a relaxed setting. Fine dining can have a stuffy reputation but Lupins have created the most warming of atmospheres with dishes that delight. It is a little on the pricier side, so great for a special occasion or a treat for yourself – the plates will not disappoint.
East London Girl: Lupins
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