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“Best soup since years”
Review of ICA Cafe and Bar

ICA Cafe and Bar
Ranked #11,870 of 22,509 Restaurants in London
Price range: $0 - $14
Cuisines: Cafe
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Neighborhood: St. James's
Description: Catering to London's most discerning culture vultures, The ICA Bar offers cocktails, coffee and a small, avant-garde cinema (best enjoyed with our exceptional burger, beer and cinema deal at only £8.50 per person). Peyton and Byrne provide freshly baked cakes, pastries, as well as a menu of classic European dishes in the contemporary café area. Though ... if you're looking to get the party started our cocktails are works of art! Served from 12 midday in the mezzanine bar until 1am most evenings.
Keerbergen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best soup since years”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

After are very bad lunch experience at Tate Modern we tried a second museum restaurant.

We only ordered soup but this was the best soup I have eaten in years. The soup was accompagnied with large portions of olive bread.

Liked it very much.

  • Visited March 2013
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  • English first
  • German first
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Depressing lunch experience in Central London”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

Freezing cold (no heating, inappropriate for winter), very limited menu (only 3 uninspiring range of sandwiches), expensive for what it was and plasticky tables - altogether a bleak offering. In short, don't bother. This was disappointing as I used to come here in the 1970s when it was much bigger and better. Since the ICA is considered a cool arts venue the management would do well to revisit how catering is organised here.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank stachys
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Reading, United Kingdom
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Much as you would expect from a gallery cafe”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

We visited here when we had half an hour to wait in the area. All a bit average in terms of choice - standard fare of muffins, brownies and the like. Reasonable coffee. Service a bit slow and fitful. OK for a quick visit or to meet up with colleagues but not for any special occasion.

  • Visited November 2012
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1 Thank mrsmills55
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London
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169 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Good alternative to a pub for an after work drink. Probably much better red wine, too.”
Reviewed October 12, 2012

A quick visit with a former colleague for an after work drink. It was busy, service was a little slow, for one round it seemed far too slow but that is often the way. We drank beer and some excellent merlot, Californian as it turned out. Not cheap but not too bad for the area, My colleague especially liked the music and atmosphere.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank MASWScreenwriter
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Overpriced with rude service, the story....”
Reviewed March 18, 2012

I had a bad experience here trying to order a simple cup of Earl Grey tea, which was charged to me at a pound more expensive than stated on the menu. When I queried this, the manager first responded by grunting, then rudely explained that specialty teas, such as the Earl, were a pound more expensive. On pointing out that this was not mentioned in the menu and that I had in fact been charged for a pot of tea the manager laughed.

Overall we had an awful experience here, and it's way overpriced.

  • Visited February 2012
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Thank claybags101
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