Anyone pining for Berlin’s art scene can get a taste of it, along with central European tapas, at Southbank’s recently launched cafe-cum-bar, Topolski. Spread underneath three railway arches in the space that formerly housed the Topolski Art Bunker, the prepossessing, post-industrial space is clad in the striking works of the titular Polish-born expressionist painter, Feliks Topolski.
The design was coordinated by B3, the team behind Le Gavroche and Bubbledogs, and comprises of a DIY/cool plywood bar, Bauhaus-style seating and iron sculptures. However, the pièce de résistance is really the artwork, hung from galvanised scaffolding tubes at oblique angles so that they almost appear to watch over you as you dine.
There’s an all-day menu that nods to Polish, Hungarian and Austrian cuisine. The kitchen prepares breakfast dishes like rolled oat porridge and golden promise apple cinnamon compote. However, if you’d like to experience the main event, we recommend that you patronise Topolski in the evenings, when they’re serving up hearty, small plates fare like beef ghoulash and charcuterie, alongside a short but punchy wine list, a range of European and craft beers, and cocktails prepared with house-infused vodkas.
Guests will be able to knock back a few shots or Topolski’s excellent Bloody Mary, whilst enjoying a full schedule of cabaret acts, world music and DJs.
by Nick Savage Innerplace