NOTE: Sadly, the Borough Plates pop up has now ended. But if you enjoy intense sensations of FOMO, read on to see what was going down…
Let’s take a moment to talk about the perfect hypothetical restaurant.
It would be located in a market. A huge, globally prestigious one. A chef’s dream larder, if you will. It would then take the best produce from its best traders, and expertly weave them into dishes on an ever-rotating menu, cooked by chef veterans from some of the best restaurants in the world, too. And lastly, it would be housed in a fittingly beautiful space.
And it just so happens that Borough Plates does all of those.
In fact, the only problem was that it was only open for two months. But whaddya know, they’ve gone and sorted that too, because the residency has now been extended until the 25th March. Which gives you even longer to sample the fruits of the collaboration between the top brass at Borough Market, and Paul Hannagen (founder of the esteemed Cuisson and Popdown, envy of restaurateurs everywhere).
You’ll find BP just opposite London’s oldest cathedral, complete with polished wooden floors, and huge floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the market itself. The goods on offer come in the form of 10 ever-changing small plates, with dishes ranging from pork rillettes with pickled russet apples & apple gel (sourced from The French Comte and Olivier’s Bakery); Dover sole meuniere sided by Jerusalem artichoke & braised gem lettuce (courtesy of Sussex Fish); or a raw milk panna cotta with spiced & caramelised pear, plus pink pepper meringue (thanks to both Hook & Son and Turnips).
Each week, they’ll spotlight a couple of traders, showing off their produce into as many dishes as they can, as well as letting them into the restaurant to give thoroughly informal talks about their wares. Oh, and the chefs doing this cooking will all be from Cuisson itself (all of whom have done stints at places like The Fat Duck, Le Gavroche, Maze by Gordon Ramsay, etc.).
Which is pretty much perfect.
NOTE: Sadly, Borough Plates has now closed.
Borough Plates | 1 Cathedral Street, SE1 9AL
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