Lucie Loves… Food // Laura ate ALL the food at The Fire Station at Waterloo and here's what she had to say about it

The Fire Station at Waterloo. I walked past it every day for 5-years whilst working on Southbank, but I never went in. I have no idea why. You know when you see something so often that it just become part of the scenery? Well yeah, that.

Anyway, about 6 weeks after my job moved us to another part of London and away from the Southbank, I was asked if I’d like to go and try their new menu in the newly refurbished restaurant. Typical eh, but I though yes. Yes, I would like to (I half hoped it wouldn’t be any good so that I wouldn’t need to be annoyed with myself for walking past every day.)

The Fire Station Waterloo food

Like most things in my life, I was 100% off the mark and I had a lovely evening there with a friend. The atmosphere is a little different to places I would normally go for dinner but hey, I’m all for trying new things.

Our waiter (and I wish I could remember his name, sorry) was great. He advised us on cocktails and I am not one to argue with a beverage recommendation, so we got stuck in and had:

Rhubarb and Custard - Chase Rhubarb Vodka, rhubarb juice, vanilla sugar, soda  

One Fine Apple - Absolut Pear Vodka, Absolut Citron Vodka, pineapple, pineapple juice

Both were really really delicious and if my friend didn’t have to leave I would have ended up staying and drinking them all night, so big up to my friend for always having my back.

My friend isn’t vegetarian but said she wanted to eat veggie for the night so we could share a few different things. I mean, I live by the motto “when you can’t choose between pizza, burger or chips…. You have all 3” so that’s exactly what we did.

Cocktails fire station waterloo
Fire station waterloo cocktail menu

To give you some specifics, we went for the Bhaji Burger - Crispy potato and onion bhaji burger, mango chutney and cucumber raita. This was, quite frankly, ace. Totally different, really tasty and big. And let’s be honest, yes size does matter. I loved it.

We also kept it simple and got the mozzarella and tomato pizza - Marinated buffalo mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes and basil.

Bhaji Burger veggie food fire station waterloo

I think you can judge a place on how good their classic margherita is, and I can say it delivered… to the table (sorry). We also asked our waiter for some mushrooms to be added, which was not a problem at all. All in all, it was bloody lovely!

And because a burger AND a pizza isn’t enough, we also had the halloumi fries - Strips of fried halloumi with harissa yoghurt, mint and pomegranate seeds.

These were HOT. The menu hadn’t specified that these were especially spicy, but boy they were HOT! Super tasty and I loved them. But if you don’t like extra hot at Nandos, steer clear.

If I was around Southbank again and didn’t go to the usual chains, I’d recommend this place, but you’ll have to have a cocktail and let me know what you think.

Disclaimer: We were invited along for a complimentary meal for the purposes of this review. However, all opinions are our own. Have you tried this restaurant’s new menu? What did you think?