Championing the “gate to plate” dining experience, Platform is the result of a partnership between a restaurateur and his farmer friend. Essentially, by ensuring a steady supply of top quality meat from a Devon farm, Platform aims to provide a restaurant and bar that serves the freshest and best quality meat with sensible pricing.
The two floor operation offers a choice of experiences, with a vibrant bar area on the ground floor serving up a menu of quality beers and local ciders with a selection of interesting cocktails. It’s also got a 3am licence, making it a great choice for those after a few late night drinks without having to endure a noisy nightclub. Head up the long staircase and you’ll be met with the more subdued dining area. With large glass windows, big wooden beams, exposed brickwork and a somewhat out of place mirror ball hanging down, it feels strangely like someone has tried to turn a church into a disco.
The menu boldly promises to provide a host of rarely used cuts of meat that provide exceptional taste, giving off the hope of finding some really exciting and unique dishes. In reality, however, it’s very much a safe affair, with the kind of thing you’d expect to find in quality country pubs up and down the land. The menu does change on a daily basis though, so perhaps we would have had a taste of the really interesting stuff if we had visited on another day.
Regardless, it was all pretty good. Starters included Brawn (a cold meat dish made from pigs head) and Potted shrimp, which was packed full of tasty seafood and well seasoned. For mains, the Burger was juicy, intensely meaty and absolutely delicious, but unfortunately the Gilt head bream with chorizo was served with massively undercooked chickpeas. The choice of puddings includes British classics like Bakewell tart, Lemon posset and the ubiquitous chocolate fondant.
Cuisine type: British
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £55
56-58 Tooley Street
London, SE1 2SZ
Tel: 020 7403 6388