What can you tell us about Sollip?
Sollip is a new restaurant in Bermondsey that comes from husband and wife team Woongchul Park (formerly at The Ledbury and Koffman's) and Bomee Ki (former pastry chef at The Arts Club).
It was due to open back in March and managed only a few days before the lockdown happened. In the meantime, they converted to a Korean grocer. But now they're back up and running as a full blown restaurant, marrying the team's European cooking style with Korean influences in a fine-dining, paired back approach.
Where is it?
It's about a five minute walk from London Bridge station, just around the corner from another top restaurant in the area, Trivet.
What's the room like?
Much like the cuisine, it's simple, sparse and beautiful (and nice and socially distanced for these times, although there's no outside space). Particular attention has been paid to the ceramics - so everything from the light fittings to the plates have been hand-made and specifically sourced from Korean artisans. It's all truly beautiful and you'll want to take home pretty much every plate and dish that is placed in front of you. But it's not all aesthetics and hushed dining, the playlist is fun and we definitely heard the Game of Thrones theme tune on there...
What's the set up of the menu?
It's an a-la-carte affair - made of small and larger plates. While even the larger plates aren't huge in terms of portion, we actually found them to be perfectly sized - packing innovative combinations onto beautiful plates.
Meat-eaters and vegetarians are both well looked after, with some of the vegetable dishes being particularly inventive, as you'll see:
Here's what we had:
And what about the wine?
That comes from Keeling Andrew & Co (the people behind Noble Rot) so just like the food you can expect it to be different and interesting.
Wines by the glass start at a very reasonable £6 for a glass of Chin Chin vinho verde which went down a treat with our snacks and starters and a glass of Garnacha ‘El Barraco from Gaznata in Spain was £7 and a great match for that eat-with-a-spoon beef. That said, you could push the boat out a bit more, with some high end burgundies if you wished. All of it's served up with flair and wit by GM Vita Gargiulo who comes here via The Fat Duck.
There's been a bit of a wait to get Sollip opened, and it's also been flying somewhat under the radar to date, but it's the very definition of "all good things". Unlike other openings of 2020, this restaurant has brought something quite new to the London dining scene with dishes that are both beautiful to look at and a joy to eat. If lockdown has left you craving something new and delicious, this is what you're looking for. Highly recommended.
More about Sollip
Where is it? 8 Melior St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QP
Hot Dinners ate as guests of Sollip. Prices are correct at the time of writing
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