A stone’s throw from Victoria station, Tiles Wine Bar is in the perfect location for post-work dinner and drinks or pre-theatre bites. Joseph, the wonderfully friendly manager invited me to bring a friend and sample their food and wine. Here’s the verdict.
You really are spoilt for choice with Tiles’ food menu, especially due to the misleading title of ‘wine bar’. You can order from a main menu, a pizza menu, a lunch menu, or a set 2 course pre-theatre menu. As we were there for a nice evening meal, Holls and I decided to stick to the main menu. To start, we shared Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Squid, the Grilled Honey Glazed Chipolatas and the Greek Platter. Everything was well presented and tasted as good as it looked.
The olives in the mezze platter were huge and the sausages were so good. We did start to feel like our eyes were bigger than our stomachs as the ‘starter’ alone was pretty filling.
For mains, we ordered the Wild Mushroom Risotto and Italian Porchetta to share, with Roasted New Potatoes on the side. Again, presentation was on point and our worries about being too full melted away. The risotto was nice and creamy but not too rich despite all the cheese!
The pork was good though it could have done with more stuffing in my opinion. Despite being ready to burst, I simply couldn’t pass up dessert. Holls and I decided to be sensible and share one – the chocolate almond cake. It’s not what you might think…we expected ground almonds but actually it’s more like layers of sliced almonds throughout the chocolate cake.
Again, top marks for presentation but unfortunately, neither of us were massive fans of the cake. When we go again we will probably still have a dessert but will try something else. Overall, the food is an absolute winner – if you’re deciding between starter and main or main and dessert I would probably go for the first option.
Tiles has its very own vineyard in Wales – Penarth Vineyard. We started the evening by trying one of their sparkling wines. On the first sip, I was worried about not liking it as Joseph was stood next us waiting for our reactions. Luckily, it was gorgeous! Very bubbly and the perfect sweetness for me – I can’t deal with super bitter wine. So gorgeous, in fact, that we finished the bottle 😉
Next we tried a light red wine (not from their vineyard). Our wonderful waitress, Leona, recommended this to us and we were not disappointed. If you’re not a wino – or even if you are – I would suggest you ask your waiter/waitress for recommendations so that you can try something new. They really know what they’re talking about and are passionate about what they do.
The Fine Print
Tiles is super easy to get to – it’s about a 2 minute walk from Victoria station.Prices are reasonable with a glass of wine starting at £5, a bottle from £18.50 and a 2 course meal costing around £15-£20. The pre-theatre set menu is great value at £17.95 for 2 courses and a glass of wine.
This is a great place to go for a meal or just for drinks, though even if I went just for drinks I don’t think I could resist having at least a platter! The staff really make the experience – they are friendly, sociable, knowledgeable and actually really care. They want you to have a good experience and they want to hear your feedback on the food and wine. I can’t recommend this place enough – for date night, for a big group (they have a huge downstairs that can be hired out), for drinks with colleagues – it’s great!
Have you been to Tiles Wine Bar before? Let me know what you thought!