”A hidden secret but well worth the visit. Reasonably priced, Relaxed atmosphere and great food is the order of the day and it certainly is the special for me.”

Minutes from London South Bank’s trendy Lower Marsh and Waterloo, opposite Lambeth North tube station is Florentine. An all-day dining restaurant and bar attached to a Park Plaza hotel this restaurant is a gem for guests but a hidden secret from the rest of London.

Florentine keeps it simple, a menu to satisfy anyone, from Salads, to a variety of styled Eggs to Burgers, Lasagna, Steak and Fish to three mega group options which resemble a Man Vs Food Challenge: The Herculean Burger, Tomahawk and Ostrich Egg Full English Breakfast.

The restaurant itself is sleek, modern and stylish, see through windows adorn the outside of the building allowing both passers by and eaters to enjoy the views either side.

Diners are relaxed and in a variety of clothing, from smart, smart casual to t shirt and shorts showing that although looking exclusive this was for everyone.

Welcomed in, staff are dressed smart casual, helping to add to a relaxed atmosphere that they quite obviously aim to give. Seated just opposite the open kitchen diners get to see the chefs hard at work and steam in air as meals are prepared. This personally is something i personally like so always nice to be able too.

Staff are observant and always on hand, constantly through our visit we saw the floor manager and staff waiting in rotation to be on hand to clear plates, offer water and bring orders out. Detail is the making of good service and Florentine have this in abundance.

Upon our order of drinks after initially pouring some wine it was noticed the glass was smudged although not ideal they instantly noticed this and discarded the glass with sample of wine to bring back a new one. They also replaced the wine that was used in the marked glass which shows they gave value for money too and that they wouldn’t let us miss out on any little part.

The Starters were beautiful. Myself and the wife ordered Fried Squid and a Flatbread flavoured with Broccoli, Goat’s Cheese, Tahini, Pinenuts, Wild Mushrooms, Ricotta & Truffle. The flatbread is mostly a sharer but as i personally didn’t like some of the ingredients stuck to my Squid. My wife however indulged into her Flatbread and commented on the freshness of the ingredients and the huge size! The squid cooked well, with a lovely texture was lovely to chew on, the flatbread serving up the Italian style the restaurant owes its food inspiration and roots too.

Onto the main and we both went for the Burger. I was seriously tempted by the Steak however after seeing the table next to me receive their order i saw the male with a good sized Lasagna and the female (i assume they were a couple) with the burger which looked just indulgent. I topped it up with cheese and bacon and Mrs Whittington just added Cheese and so we awaited our order.

Not too long after waiting and an extra drink order we received our burgers with an accompaniment of chips. One bite in and it didn’t take my taste buds long to realise this was one of the best burgers i had tasted. There are so many types of Burger restaurants that specialise in said burgers, but this restaurant unassumingly have it on the menu to no great appraise and let the food do the talking. This was 200g beef patty, with lettuce and tomato. Not overloaded with flavours again shows the simplicity but deft execution in food. Although yes i had added cheese and bacon for me added to this taste experience! The chips cooked to my liking not too crispy and soft enough to chew through.

By this time we were coming to dessert and usually i’m a starter and main kind of guy but after the meal so far i just had to try something from the dessert menu.

Again simplicity as i’ve said was the theme for me and so went for a couple of scoops of chocolate and lemon ice cream whilst the wife went for Panacotta. We tucked in so quickly and subsequently finishing these that i forgot to even take a picture so i think that says all you have to about desert.

This restaurant placed anywhere more central, on the neighbouring Southbank perhaps would thrive even more. However the short 5 minute walk from the river keeps this a hidden secret but well worth the visit. Reasonably priced, Relaxed atmosphere and great food is the order of the day and it certainly is the special for me.

For more info please use the details below:

6 Hercules Road, London SE1 7DU
Nearest Tube Station: Lambeth North, Waterloo & Westminster

Monday – Friday 11:30am – 10:30pm
Saturday 8.30am – 10:30pm
Sunday 8.30am – 10pm