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Wapping Food restaurant interior, Wapping, London

If you’re not British but have heard of Wapping, it’s probably because you read something about Rupert Murdoch’s fight with unions in the 1980s. That’s how I first heard about Wapping, anyway (in Bill Bryson’s “Notes from a Small Island” – a must-read if you move to the UK or are an anglophile).

Happily, when Jon and I met our friends for lunch in Wapping this weekend, there were no signs of labor unrest.

Wapping is a neighborhood whose significant features include centuries-old brick warehouses lining the Thames, so it’s no wonder that Wapping Food‘s decor is industrial chic. The pluses of converting a hydraulic power station into an art gallery/restaurant are the wide spaces and soaring ceilings.

Things were off to a good start with fresh bread baked on site. I couldn’t get enough of the crispy, olive-y ciabatta, and after we asked for a second basket, our server told us to slow down or we’d ruin our lunch. Fair enough, but a surprising bit of commentary.

Nettle tart with smoked mozzarella at Wapping Food

The menu was modern British (aka New American or nouvelle cuisine, depending on your country). I started with a nettle and smoked mozzarella tart hoping to relive the lunch I had once at the Chez Panisse cafe (where the wild nettle pizza was deliciously nutty and bitter).Sadly, the pastry was flaky but kind of flavorless (was it all shortening and no butter?), and the nettles had been blended with so much cheese that it might as well have been spinach, or anything green, really. I did enjoy the clouds of salty, creamy smoked mozzarella, though, so good thing that was piled on. (more…)

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