This is my favourite restaurant in the Clapham area by far. It's cozy, non-pretentious and the food is quite frankly delicious with a home-cooked feel to it. It is a little extra on the purse strings but I think it’s pretty good value for money. There are always top table deals too.
Next to the Clapham North pub a little door is located with a buzzer. You are let in to climb the stairs which lead to a terrace with a small doorway to the restaurant.
You are greeted by a friendly but polite hostess and seen to your table.
The restaurant is lovely and light with comfy booths around the sides and smaller tables centrally. There’s a raised bar to the back. Its décor is very neutral with a negative/sepia print of London scenes (very subtly) on the walls and there are flashes of colour with deep plum furniture/accessories. It has a really laid back comfortable feel.
They have a set menu which offers 2 courses for 20 quid or 3 for 30 which is really good value with options such as smoked trout benedict to start, Roast Beef for main and rhubarb something for desert. The set menu provides an excellent choice for a good value and the a la carte obviously provides more flexible eating (50% off deal with Top Table I believe).
On this visit I had the set menu opting for a main and a desert. For my main I chose the Roast Beef which had the most amazingly flavoured savoy cabbage with it, goose fat potatoes, glazed parsnips and carrots. The beef was cooked slightly pink and it was extremely tender. For my pud, I opted for the selection of sorbet and ice cream – dull you might think but the selection on offer was Coconut and Marshmallow, Blood Orange and Raspberry, Basil and Balsamic vinegar. I must say that the flavours were fantastically balanced for all of them but I especially enjoyed the blood orange sorbet. I don’t think I have ever tasted such a good sorbet.
For 3 of us with wine, two courses, the bill came to 150 quid including service. I don’t think that is too bad considering the quality of the food and the ambience.
In summary, I want to say go there but then again, I want to be selfish as I don’t want it getting too popular so that I can’t get a reservation any more :-)
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