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Rabot 1745

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A beautiful and innovative restaurant and bar with a terrace (opening in early 2014) overlooking the bustling Borough Market, Rabot 1745 finally serves to Londoners the exceptional dining experience of the hugely popular Boucan restaurant in Saint Lucia.

With the personality of a Caribbean plantation house stylishly transported to the heart of London’s most exciting food market, Rabot 1745 offers a 'cacao cuisine' menu, designed by Chef John Bentham, featuring contemporary dishes influenced by the West Indies and Britain, with the savoury richness of cacao used as a subtle garnish, infusion and spice throughout.

DISCOUNT FOR TNRA MEMBERS: 20% off a la carte menu, food only

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Address: 2-4 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9AL
Tel: 020 7378 8226
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This restaurant, overlooking the glass extension of Borough Market in Bedale Street, is a welcome destination for a special event. I went with my wife and cousin to celebrate my birthday on a cold Monday evening in February and came home a happy man.

I had been anxious about the heavily trailed Cacao/Chocolate theme: chocolate is made on the premises and cacao beans are roasted there. However, I needn't have worried. Although featuring in all the dishes in one way or another, the food was enhanced, not dominated, by the flavour. We were greeted attentively on our arrival and the waiter, once we were seated, told us about the beans on our plates, showed us how to crack them and enjoy the 'nibs' of cacao. We also enjoyed the free glass of bubbly (available to TNRA members in February) and chose our starters and main courses. I started with the Sea Tartare, Lesley had Salsify and Poached Egg and Becky Pearl Barley Scotch Egg. For mains, I had Slow Roast Shoulder of Lamb, Lesley, Guinea Fowl, Aubergine & Cacao and Becky went with the Creole Monkfish. It was all very good indeed and we had to fall back on greed to order Desserts: Rabot Rum Baba for me, Chocolate Genesis for Lesley and Homemade Sorbet for Becky. We managed a couple of bottles of very good Portuguese wine and rolled back to Trinity Church Square having had a thoroughly good evening.

We were well looked after, enjoyed the coffee-and-chocolate-coloured decor and the relaxed, friendly ambience and would certainly return for another celebration. The downside? It's not cheap - even with the 10% discount on food for TNRA members! However, look at their website and see what you think. (

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewer: Richard Exton, posted: 16 February 2014

Four of us went to the restaurant on a Friday evening. Although it was busy there was a high ratio of waiters to customers. and we were served our glasses of complimentary prosecco shortly after we had sat down. Someone explained the character and structure of the cacao nut and we were given samples to taste. The service throughout was extremely good.

The starters, 2 Goat's cheese salads, a Seafood Tartare and Butternut Squash Dumplings were very good. The men both had Shoulder of Lamb, large, tasty platefuls. The Monkfish and Scallop mains didn't look that large but proved more than adequate. All the combinations were intriguing and the chocolate nibs added an interesting texture. Nothing actually tasted "chocolatey" as we had half expected.

The cheesecake and Coconut Milk Pannacotta were delicious and there was the usual offering of Market sourced cheeses.

There was a good wine list. A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and a rich Rhone Vacqueyras balanced the foods perfectly. Wines are on offer as bottles or 250 ml.flasks.

The only slight niggles were that our table was under a loudspeaker at the corner of the L-shaped room and we had to ask for the music to be turned down, and the presentation of the food did not quite live up to the quality of the food itself. otherwise a successful evening.

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewer: Annie Wingfield, posted: 14 February 2014