What can you tell us about Flor?
It's the next restaurant from the people behind Lyle's - John Ogier and James Lowe - which is currently number 33 on the 50 Best Restaurants in the World 2019 list. It's only their second restaurant since Lyle's - launched in 2014. So a new opening from them is a very big deal indeed.
It's something of a change from the Shoreditch original - a more casual all-day affair, serving up a primarily small plates menu.
And we hear something about pastries too?
Yes - if you're just popping past from 10am - noon, they'll be serving up coffee and pastries. We've had some of the best flat whites ever from Lyle's - they take their coffee seriously, so it's well worth trying. At the moment, the pastries are lardy buns, honey & cream buns and pain au chocolat
Where is it?
It's right at the entrance to Borough Market, on Bedale Street. Come up the Borough Market exit at London Bridge underground station and it's a few steps away.
Where should we sit?
It depends on what kind of mood you're in. If you like watching the chefs in action (or Borough market people-watching), then the downstairs bar is the place to be. If you want to get away from that, then head up the wrought iron staircase to the dining room upstairs. Note that you can book Flor, so you don't have to expect Padella size queues, but it's also worth popping your head in as they do keep space for walk-ins too.
The top floor is very well air-conned. So if the Market heat is too much - this is the perfect place to be.
So what's on the menu?
As mentioned, it's a small plates affair and you can expect it to change regularly, based on seasonal produce (some dishes like the anchovy toast had already changed/adapted during the two weeks of opening). We roamed through the menu and here's what we had on the night:
How is it for vegetarians?
There are a good few veggie dishes on the menu - but there's also a separate vegetarian menu if you want to concentrate on those dishes. That changed the above black pudding dish to courgettes, coco beans and peppers (£11) and a clam flatbread was switched out for a tomato flatbread with wild marjoram (£9). Vegetarians are well catered for.
What about dessert?
There are a few dessert dishes and it's definitely worth making sure you have one in particular.
What should we drink?
As well as popping in for a pastry and coffee, we think it's just as good an idea (later in the day, of course) to pop in for a drink and a couple of plates. There's a small beer and cocktails selection (G&T, Negronis and vermouth) and wines by the glass/carafe start at £6/20, while bottle start at £28. We got an excellent recommendation of a Maison Laurent Cazottes Champetre Blanc (£32) which worked well with all the dishes.
It's early days yet, but Flor has already gotten off to a cracking start. It looks like the perfect place to either spend an evening or just pop in for a few glasses alongside whatever is new on the menu. We were expecting big things from the Lyle's team and it looks like they've delivered.
Hot Dinners ate as guests of Flor. Prices are correct at the time of writing.
More about Flor
Where is it? 1 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL
How to book: Visit their website from 3pm on 2 July 2019
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