As one of the first new openings on London's Southbank in many months, Topolski bar and restaurant replaces the 20th Century art bunker that has occupied the address for nearly two hundred years. The building originally functioned as a studio, belonging to Feliks Topolski, one of the official artists of World War II; step inside and you won't miss the dedication for a second - upon the walls of the bar and restaurant hang a series of paintings produced by the man himself. The venue also plays host to a series of specially curated live music events and club nights, featuring musicians, cabaret artists and DJs, the creative insight of Wayne and Jack Hemingway.
In the afternoon, the cafe serves up a selection of Eastern European favourites, adapted for the UK by Company of Cooks chefs Bruce Wilson and Claire Clark: guests can look forward to Zurek, a sour rye and sausage broth, and Borsch; choose sharing plates such as Cracovian smoked hunter sausage with sauerkraut or blinis with mushroom and salt baked beetroot with beetroot tops and goats curd.
Cafe by day, Topolski's transforms as the sun goes down to become a lively bar by night: after sundown, the menu is restricted to a series of sharing plates and platters, whilst a selection of infused vodkas and craft European beer completes the picture.
A word from the chef:
Topolski serves up a series of Eastern European favourites, including Zurek and Borsch. In the evening, the menu is reduced to a series of sharing plates and platters.
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