The Refinery Bar&Restaurant @ Bankside Mix

The Refinery @ Bankside MixThe Refinery @ Bankside MixThe Refinery @ Bankside Mix

Bankside Mix(バンクサイド・ミックス)にあるバー&レストラン「The Refinery」。昼間に食べたサンドイッチ(steak sandwichとchicken club)が美味しかったので、ディナーにも行ってみた。天井が高く、広々として明るい店内は、バーエリアとレストランエリアに分かれていて。木のフロア、レストランエリアの古ぼけた感じの家具が居心地が良い。外にはポップでカラフルなテーブルと椅子が並べられていて、天気の良い日は外で日向ぼっこしながらゆったりというのも良い(写真は全て昼に行った時のもの)。


We went to a bar & restaurant ‘The Refinery‘ at Bankside Mix for dinner, as the sandwiches (steak sandwich and chicken club) we had for lunch were pretty good. Sunny and spacious inside with high ceiling were divided in bar and restaurant areas. Wooden floors and grungy-chic decor in the restaurant area were pretty nice + relaxing (the photos are all taken when we went for lunch). There are colorful + pop tables & chairs outside and you can relax under the sun on a nice day.

For the dinner, we ordered “today’s special” Linguine alle vongole, spaghetti w/ fresh cherry tomatoes, basil & parmesan vinaigrette, and rosemary & rock salt potatoes and rocket & parmesan salad as side dishes. After one bite, I regretted that I ordered pasta – I completely forgot about a golden rule, not to order pasta at British restaurants or pubs! I’ve never had a good pasta dish at the British places. Pasta was not “al dente” for both plates. Vongole sauce had no taste without the punch of garlic and chili, and needed more salt. I am not good at cooking but my spaghetti alle vongle is even better in compare! I should have ordered British food instead…

Bankside Mix

2008年7月にオープンした、バンクサイド・ミックスは、オフィス、レストラン、カフェ、バー、ショップ、スーパーマーケット等が入った複合施設。最寄り駅はSouthwark(サザーク)とLondon Bridge(ロンドン・ブリッジ)で、テート・モダンのすぐ背後に位置する。それまで美術館がある以外は不毛の地だったこのエリアに、少し活気を与えたが、不況のせいか1年あまりで、店舗2軒(写真の黄色とブルーの板塀で囲まれたところ)が閉店。今なおこの2店を含む4カ所の商業スペースが空いたままだ。現在、その隣にも大掛かりな再開発ビルが建設中だが、テナントはちゃんと入るんだろうか。

Opened in July 2008, Bankside Mix is the major mixed use development scheme and provides office, restaurants, cafes, a bar and shops. Situated behind Tate Modern on Southwark Street, Bankside Mix is minutes from Southwark and London Bridge tube stations. Bankside Mix helps vitalize the area where used to be nothing exciting but Tate Modern. However, after one year of its opening, two retails already failed (the spaces covered with yellow and blue boards in the photo), and there are four empty commercial spaces not filled in. Currently new development just next to Bankside Mix is being constructed, but can they attract tenants?

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