Date Night, Union Street Cafe

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When you share an abode with your other half, all that sassy ‘dating’ mystery disappears pretty quickly. 

You probably know exactly what I’m talkin’ bout. Gone are the days of sprucing myself up in a Starbucks toilet beforehand, outfit planning, shaving mi legs on the reg, NEVER talking about anything to do with anything gross (LOL that didn’t last long at all). I guess I miss proper date nights a bit.

There’s something different about an actual date that makes time with ya loved one just a bit more precious. Just the two of you basking in the ambiance, drinking crisp white wine, treating yourself to lovely food with no washing up. Perf.

Anyway, on to the restaurant. I was kindly invited to review the Union Street Cafe by CitizenM Magazine, Gordon Ramsay’s Italian style restaurant in Southwark.

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It is a V glam warehouse, the kind of New York style chic, hip, sassy gal in the city kinda vibe.

Until I decide to take a snap in the toilet, lol. Who do I think I am?

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I arrived early so I had a spare few minutes to take a look around before the fella arrived.

The hum of soft jazz was soothing, the lighting was soft (all very hygge) and the place sat perfectly in the middle of being a special business dinner spot and a perfect place for a date or maybe a few cocktails with the ladies.

Matt arrived and the lovely staff showed us to our table. First thing offered was an espresso martini. Forget about bread and water. I said yes, even though it was a school night and I have not yet reached that level of sass. They did offer though, would be rude not to.

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Oh man, it went down SO so well. Sweet and strong. Can’t go wrong.

On to table water and crusty bread and oil like a normal human.

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We chatted through our days whilst pondering over the menu.

I’m not gonna lie, as lovely as everything was – the menu was a little hard to read.

Not impossible, just not completely easy on the eye. We decided to ask our waiter what was good, and went with that.

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Que the classic birds eye view snap whilst boyf sits patiently waiting to dig in. He was ready to pounce, I knew it.

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OH GO ON THEN. hehe.

To start, we had mozzarella wrapped in parma ham, Matt thought this was was DE-LISH. The aranchini pizzaiola balls were tasty, however I wouldn’t jump to order again, same for the traditional tomato bruchetta, it is an Italian classic but didn’t stand out as a winner. I would recommend trying something a little more adventurous.

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The courgette flowers ‘fritti’ with ricotta and summer truffle was wonderful, crisp and fresh – I have ALWAYS wanted to try them! Definitely go for some of these babies!

After swiftly clearing our plates we moved onto the mains.

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My main of tuna was absolutely INCREDIBLE. The tuna was possibly the best I have ever tasted. Without sounding too much like a typical restaurant review, it really did melt in my mouth. Paired with the crunch of scattered nuts, sweet fig, shallots and balsamic dressing, it really was special. Even thought it was a bit on the pricey side, I would definitely order it again. OH MAMMA.

Matt went for the pasta, a posh spag bol he called it. He said it was good, but not bloomin’ ek my mouth is having a PARTAY kinda good, if that makes any sense at all?

After we had finished, our lovely waiter actually took us to go and see the chef. I felt a little bit like I might have actually turned into Gordon Ramsay (lol, IMAGINE) but it was really nice to have a peak behind the scenes. Obviously pictures were taken, it was all very exciting.

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We settled the bill and headed downstairs to finish off our wine snug on a comfy chaise lounge. Makes a difference to tea on our IKEA sofa.

Also, the downstairs bar is SO deamy. Definitely head down for a drink before / after dinner, it really is lovely.

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All in all, we had a gorgeous evening. The atmosphere was beautiful, wine flowed and the food was top notch.

It is a little more pricey, but not completely over the top. If you have a special occasion coming up, it would be perfect.

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  • I went for cocktails in the bar downstairs, they have some really yummy ones, and the bar snacks are great too.

    • Oooh did ya!? It was so lovely down there, super chilled and the staff are so friendly too! Definitely need to go back just for cocktails and bar snacks! Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I totally feel you about missing date nights – I’m not sure W sees me in anything but PJs right now! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  • Rosy Flynn

    I love these pictures, everything has made me starving :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

    • Thank you so much Rosy! I was a bit worried they didn’t look so good, I have had a right ole mare with my laptop / editing software so I am having to use my phone! Everything was SO tasty, especially that tuna! Immy x

  • thisgirlloveschic

    what a beautiful place

    This Girl Loves Chic xx

    • Thank you lovely :) It was such a nice evening, can’t wait to back and try the cocktail menu haha! Immy x

  • Laura Torninoja

    This looks like a pretty great spot for a special occasion! The food looks yummy and the downstairs bit looks super cosy – it makes me want to drink red wine in candlelight STAT.

    Also, I totally know what you mean about the date nights! I’ve noticed how important they are lately as even though I love cosy hometime with my boyfriend, all the reasons you mentioned too can take the magic away just a little bit. We try to do a proper date night at least once a month and it’s definitely a decision I’ve been happy with and intend on sticking with! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • It was such a nice little spot, I love cosy softly lit places like that! I KNOW, so good – or maybe a espresso martini too teehee >:) Ah that is such a lovely idea! I think we should definitely start panning one a month! I was thinking of trying alphabet dating haha, sounds like so much fun! Immy x

  • Proper date nights are the best… especially after years and years together. You feel that excitement again when you have to make a teenie bit more effort than pajama pants and whatever is on the TV that night!

    Megan
    Denton & Lou

    • YES! It feels so nice doesn’t it!? I miss that little buzz of getting dressed up and meeting him at the restaurant, you still kinda get butterflies even if you are usually just chillin’ at home on the sofa haha! Immy x

  • Emma Corrie-Hill

    such an amazing post!

    http://www.londonstylegirl.com

    • Thank you so much Emma! It was such a lovely evening :) Immy x

  • I was here on Friday with my colleague, we were scouting for Christmas party venues! I loved the look of the decor and vibe and I heard great things about the food of course! That’s so cute you met the chef xx

    Hanh | Hanhabelle

    • Ooh yas it would be the perf Christmas party! I think they do live music etc too! I am on the Christmas party mission so this may be a contender too! I know haha, was so funny! Thank you for stopping by :) Immy x

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    Looks like a wonderful time! Have a great week xx

    Blessings,
    Edye | gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

    • Thank you Edye, would love to do it all over again! Thank you, I hope you are having a great week too – can’t believe it is Wednesday already! Immy x

  • It looks like such a cosy place! I love your pictures :)
    xo
    Anastasia
    http://www.natbees.com

    • Thank you Anastasia! Was SO super cosy, I love it! Immy x

  • Aw this looks like so much fun! And I can totallyyyy relate to the first part about needing a proper date night. When you live with someone and become so close, nothing is off limits haha. Awesome you got to meet the chef! We met the chef at this Portuguese restaurant once in Portugal, and it was such a great experience. :)

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

    • Yaaaaas trust me, there is nothing left to the imagination now haha! It is great to feel so comfortable but also nice to play pretend and go on a snazzy date every now and then :) It was so cool to go behind the scenes, really happy they were so kind to offer! Oh did you, I can imagine that was incredible! Thank you for stopping by :) Immy x

  • This place looks really great and all the food looks delicious. What a lovely date night spot!

    xo, alison*elle

    • It was so beaut. Such a lovely spot for a date, it is nice and cosy but also didn’t have that awkward first date kinda vibe about it, if ya know what I mean? Immy x

  • Brooklyn

    Can we just talk about how perfect your hair is?! I love it.

    Those courgette flowers are definitely what I would have wanted to try out also, yum!

    http://www.justbeingbrooklyn.com

    • Ah that is so lovely Brooklyn, thank you :) I am trying to style it a little more these days, I have no patience when it comes to hair haha! UH they are really good, I would definitely recommend! Thank you for stopping by :) Immy x

  • Your photos make it look stunning!! I need to go here for a date night with my boyfriend asap aha! Lovely post :)

    Tash x
    natashatodd.blogspot.co.uk

    • Thank you so much Natasha! It has been soooooooooooooooooo llllooooooooong because my laptop has broken, I now send photos to my phone, edit then send back to myself haha! Yaaaas it is so lovely :) Need to plan another date night! Immy x

  • This looks right up my street! Your photography is amazing!

    Sophie | It’s Cultured xx

    • Ah Sophie thank you so much lady :) I reckon it is, such a nice place even just for wine / cocktails and nibbles! Immy x

  • This place looks gorgeous! I absolutely love the design of your blog, so pretty.
    Anna x
    http://www.collectionsofimperfections.com