Earlier this month I was based in another office for a week and as I was in the area I planned to catch up with my best friend for some food. Having walked past Vivat Bacchus and seen some friends check in on Facebook recently I thought it would be good to give it a try.
I arrived later than my friend however texted her to say there was a table booked under my name, she said she was given an option of a table inside or outside as it was glorious day she thought outside was best.
Once I arrived we flagged the waiters attention and I asked what wine they would recommend especially as I am not much of a wine drinker, the waiter then came back with 2 wines for me to sample. Both were quite light and refreshing, however I opted for the first wine I tried which was delicious, I just wish I remembered the name of it.
We then said we would like a cheese board and we’re trying to figure out what cheese board we would like the waiter mentioned they had a cheese room…. Yes you read that right a whole room dedicate to cheese. It was safe to say, I was in heaven!
We were escorted to a small room with various cheeses from England, Italy, France and Switzerland. The lady who was in the cheese room asked us various questions about what cheese we liked and what we didn’t, from our responses she gauged what we would enjoy and gave just 10 different cheese to try. Once we selected 4 cheeses the lady said she would create a cheeseboard with various chutneys, fruit and breads/crackers to compliment them.
Top tip – please let the staff know you are a vegetarian as some cheeses are not suitable for vegetarians as they are made from animal rennet.
We then returned to put seats and ordered a bottle of wine and a mezze board which was delicious.
Our cheese board included:
- Strong Chedder Cheese
- Soft Goats Cheese
- A type of Swiss cheese (which I can’t remember the name of – sorry!)
Mezze board which was equally delicious included:
- Rose harissa hummus,
- Aubergine drip
- Pitta bread
I would definitely go back, the service was fantastic – must mention the waiter Manuel (in the London Bridge branch) was really helpful and attentive. I would recommend this as a location for “date night” you will not be disappointed.
Top tip – The Farringdon branch is a bigger restaurant however the menu and cheeses available are the same.
Price for 2 people – 1 bottle of wine, 2 glasses of wine, 1 cheese board and 1 mezze board – £110/£55pp
Location: 4 Hays Lane, London Bridge, London SE1 2HB