D&P cooks up Bankside diner

Dalziel & Pow is designing a one-off London restaurant, called Bankside, next door to the new Tate Modern gallery. Situated on Southwark Bridge Road, the privately owned restaurant will serve dishes from five- and 15-minute menus, targeting Tate and Gl

Dalziel & Pow is designing a one-off London restaurant, called Bankside, next door to the new Tate Modern gallery.

Situated on Southwark Bridge Road, the privately owned restaurant will serve dishes from five- and 15-minute menus, targeting Tate and Globe Theatre visitors and staff from local businesses.

Each table has a buzzer for fast service but, in the evenings, it will serve slower paced meals and late drinks from its bar.

The Bankside venture is the brainchild of former 11 Downing Street chef Kelvin MacDonald, who believes there is a lack of available watering holes in the Bankside area. It will open to the public in five weeks.

A part-basement, it will feature both a brasserie and restaurant section designed to cater for a range of tastes. The brasserie will have a “rustic feel” created by oak furniture and bench seating, while a more “sophisticated, modern environment” has been designed for the restaurant, says Dalziel & Pow creative director David Dalziel.

“We are using a warm colour scheme of aubergine, sand and white,” says Dalziel, “to give it a feeling of freshness and daylight.

“In the restaurant area each table will have its own lighting for a more secluded feel than the brasserie, where the lighting is going to be shared,” he adds.

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