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FLOR

SHORTLISTED BY BISTRONAUT #12

WHO
London had been waiting for the opening of James Lowe and John Ogier (Lyle’s)’s second spot for a long time! Flor has taken over Patisserie Lila’s old site in Borough Market, opening the doors mid-July to a snug “wine bar, bakery and restaurant inspired by the buvettes of Paris and the Pintxos bars in San Sebastián”. Which means: homemade sourdough from Dorset wheat, cracking pastries in the morning, plus the classic mix of small sharing plates and natural wines the rest of the time at lunch and dinner. Lyle’s pastry chef Anna Hingham is behind the alluring pastry and dessert menu.

FOOD
Pastry hits in the morning by Anna Hingham
Decadent lardy buns, croissants, fig leaf danishes…
Small plates
Crunchy summer vegetables dipped in a creamy grilled sesame, tahini, lemon oil and fennel sauce - £9
Three gorgeous scarlet prawns in two parts: their bodies just raw with a fermented orange yuzu kosho, and their juicy heads simpled grilled on the BBQ - £18
Fluffy flatbreads as you do these days: girolle, St Tola goat’s cheese and onions, or mussel, spenwood, vin jaune and new season garlic- £9
A gigantic red marvel lettuce heavily dressed with hazelnuts, preserved lemons and kilos of Parmesan - £9
An Anjou pigeon with juniper, cherries and its talons - £25
Must-have, luscious tiny brown butter cakes - £5

DRINKS
Specialty coffee from Round Hill Roastery
A Find & Foster bottle of Méthode Traditionelle cider from Devon - £29
A light glass of 2018 Symbiose by Michel Delhommeau in Loire - £6
A bottle of 2018 Moschomavro - Pella by Domaine Ligas in Macedonia - £39

DECOR
You can see most of the airy and charming setting from the outside: muted green, light wood, bare bricks and a forest of pendant globe lights from the first floor’s incredibly high ceiling. The space is spread over two levels, linked by a beautiful spiral staircase. Bakery/wine bar vibe at the bottom, more restaurant-y upstairs.

NOISE
James Brown’s “Bodyheat” meets Bananarama complaining about their “Cruel Summer”.

SEATING
Downstairs, it’s mostly side by side on the open kitchen counter below the racks of Gut Oggau wines bottles looking at you, in the window downstairs on two tiny tables for two. Upstairs, it’s table-seating on canned bistro chairs or blue banquettes.

VIBE
They’re sexy and they know it.

RESTROOMS
Up the stairs

SERVICE
Hit-and-miss. One bad night, one lovely lunch.
12.50% discretionary service charge added to your bill.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Let some time pass to avoid the craze and come in for a casual breakfast or lunch.

WHO
London had been waiting for the opening of James Lowe and John Ogier (Lyle’s)’s second spot for a long time! Flor has taken over Patisserie Lila’s old site in Borough Market, opening the doors mid-July to a snug “wine bar, bakery and restaurant inspired by the buvettes of Paris and the Pintxos bars in San Sebastián”. Which means: homemade sourdough from Dorset wheat, cracking pastries in the morning, plus the classic mix of small sharing plates and natural wines the rest of the time at lunch and dinner. Lyle’s pastry chef Anna Hingham is behind the alluring pastry and dessert menu.

FOOD
Pastry hits in the morning by Anna Hingham
Decadent lardy buns, croissants, fig leaf danishes…
Small plates
Crunchy summer vegetables dipped in a creamy grilled sesame, tahini, lemon oil and fennel sauce - £9
Three gorgeous scarlet prawns in two parts: their bodies just raw with a fermented orange yuzu kosho, and their juicy heads simpled grilled on the BBQ - £18
Fluffy flatbreads as you do these days: girolle, St Tola goat’s cheese and onions, or mussel, spenwood, vin jaune and new season garlic- £9
A gigantic red marvel lettuce heavily dressed with hazelnuts, preserved lemons and kilos of Parmesan - £9
An Anjou pigeon with juniper, cherries and its talons - £25
Must-have, luscious tiny brown butter cakes - £5

DRINKS
Specialty coffee from Round Hill Roastery
A Find & Foster bottle of Méthode Traditionelle cider from Devon - £29
A light glass of 2018 Symbiose by Michel Delhommeau in Loire - £6
A bottle of 2018 Moschomavro - Pella by Domaine Ligas in Macedonia - £39

DECOR
You can see most of the airy and charming setting from the outside: muted green, light wood, bare bricks and a forest of pendant globe lights from the first floor’s incredibly high ceiling. The space is spread over two levels, linked by a beautiful spiral staircase. Bakery/wine bar vibe at the bottom, more restaurant-y upstairs.

NOISE
James Brown’s “Bodyheat” meets Bananarama complaining about their “Cruel Summer”.

SEATING
Downstairs, it’s mostly side by side on the open kitchen counter below the racks of Gut Oggau wines bottles looking at you, in the window downstairs on two tiny tables for two. Upstairs, it’s table-seating on canned bistro chairs or blue banquettes.

VIBE
They’re sexy and they know it.

RESTROOMS
Up the stairs

SERVICE
Hit-and-miss. One bad night, one lovely lunch.
12.50% discretionary service charge added to your bill.

WOULD RECOMMEND
Let some time pass to avoid the craze and come in for a casual breakfast or lunch.

CHEFS

James Lowe & Anna Hingham 

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Friday: Coffee, bread and pastries from 10am to 12pm, lunch from 12 to 2.30pm, dinner from 5.30 to 9.30pm. Saturday: brunch from 11am to 2.30pm, dinner from 5.30 to 9.30pm. Closed Sundays. 

RESERVATIONS

Plan on reserving a few weeks in advance through Seven Rooms  if you’re after a specific lunch or dinner slot, as they’re quite booked up. Otherwise, there’s always space downstairs held for walk-ins.

WEBSITE

florlondon.com

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