I’m not a morning person so I struggle to eat breakfast on a daily basis but brunch is fast becoming one of my favourite meals. There’s something deliciously naughty about being able to have a lie in and still get your fill of eggs! And where better to indulge than number 49 in the top 100 places to east in the UK: The Table Cafe.
First thing I will say about The Table Cafe is that it is busy. If you can make a reservation then please do but if not the staff are super friendly and will do their utmost to squeeze you in. I mean that literally. While there are a few tables set for four the place is mainly made up of long sharing tables so unless you’re a larger group it’s very likely you’ll end up sharing with strangers which can make things a bit difficult when it comes to who ordered what but more on that later.
We were very lucky in that they were able to seat us right away but it did mean sharing a table of four with another twosome of diners. Our drinks order was taken very quickly and we were soon presented with a milkshake for my friend and my own glass of prosecco.
A few minutes later we were also given a bottle of water which I thought was great given that we hadn’t asked for it but I was quite thirsty so poured a glass only to realise after taking a sip that it was sparkling. It was at this point that the men we were sharing the table with mentioned to their server (who was different from our server!) that they hadn’t been given their sparkling water that we put two and two together and figured out that the water we’d just been given was not in fact complimentary but was meant for them. Oops! Luckily the server understood and everything was quickly sorted. I can imagine that this happens quite a bit when they have different groups end up sharing as we were.
To eat my friend went for the pancakes with crispy bacon, caramelised banana and Canadian maple syrup which she had been craving that morning and was the reason I stumbled upon this place on Zomato.
For myself, while I wanted to be a bit more adventurous and try The Stack I really hate beans and didn’t think it would be quite the same without them so ended up having the salmon and scrambled eggs.
While not as good as my mums scrambled eggs (I’ve yet to come across any that are) these are definitely the closest I’ve found in London. They were light and creamy and just melted in your mouth. Every last morsel was cleared from both plates and if that doesn’t convince you how good it was nothing will!
It took a while for us to get the bill (the till ran out of paper just as they were trying to get some of them) and then even longer to pay but given how busy this place is it’s not surprising that the service can slip a little at times. Overall though it was a great meal and I would definitely like to return.
The Table Café
83 Southwark Street