Cremoloso – A perfect topping for Garratt lane

Ice cream is one of my not so secret pleasures, I absolutely love the stuff, and whatever the season, whatever the weather I’ll always find an excuse for indulging. With that in mind, the late summer mini heatwave we enjoyed at the end of August took it a beyond no brainer and into potentially negative brainer territory for me to try Cremoloso the new gelato specialist on Garratt lane. Cremoloso occupies what was the perennially never open spot that the Thai Grocer’s café offshoot used to … [Read more...]

Macellaio RC – Chop and change on Northcote Road

Working in the restaurant business sometimes seems to have all the stability and permanence of a career in snow clearing. Not so long ago there were two excellent Spanish eateries on the Northcote Road, the more upmarket Lola Roja and its tapas bar sibling, Rosita. First Lola Roja shut its doors and then more recently, within the last couple of months Rosita also joined it in the great Zagat directory in the sky. I have to admit that I only liked Rosita, whereas many of my friends appeared to … [Read more...]

Tommi Take Two – Tommi’s burger joint Berwick Street.

Oh Iceland, Iceland, Iceland, country of gleaming glaciers, languid lakes, charming cities, non-alliterative North Lights and now it would seem burger entrepreneurs. I've set foot in Iceland twice, both times to change planes. My memories of Keflavik airport are of somewhere remarkably like a smokier version of motorway service station with planes instead of coaches. . Iceland is now firmly on the tourists trail and for a country with a smaller population than Brighton punches vastly above … [Read more...]

Osteria Antica Bologna & The Walrus Room, Clapham Junction

Know your plates, the art of not ordering the wrong thing It was a Saturday night, and I fancied a bit of a treat, you know what I mean some posh drinks and a satisfying dinner. What neither me or the Ultimate Rugby fan (URF) wanted to do was go into town, we were both keen on staying local. As I’ve said before, one of the joys of living in South West London is the great choice of nightlife we have around here, and there’s usually somewhere new to try. For us this time it was cocktails at … [Read more...]

Mandarin Street – Small but perfectly formed

So the Ultimate Rugby Fan (URF) and I were back on Old York Road one evening recently. It was another beautiful early spring day and the wine that the barman at the Alma had obligingly poured into my glass was disappearing at what seemed to be an accelerated rate. As it was a school night, we felt that getting some food would probably a good idea, and I remembered that there was a fairly new Chinese restaurant, Mandarin Street, that had just opened down the road. I was actually slightly … [Read more...]

Spring sale at the Jolly Gardeners

'As Masterchef once more dominates our screens, what better excuse could you find for checking out the food of 2010 winner, Dhruv Baker's highly praised Earlsfield gastropub, the Jolly Gardeners. Well as it turns out there are two more reasons why this would be a treat not just for the senses but also for the wallet. On Wednesday's and Thursdays' try out the prix fixe menu with two courses at just £19.95, including the certified delicious fish pie. If you go on Wine Wednesdays' you can even … [Read more...]

Higher Steaks – Dining at Smith & Wollensky

Just under two years ago in a burst of publicity more usually associated with the opening of a big West End show, the US steak house chain of Smith & Wollensky set up shop for the first time in London. Even in the US where many steakhouses seem to have a history stretching back nearly to the founding fathers, Smith & Wollensky (S&W) is a relative newcomer, first appearing in the mid 70's so pretty contemporaneous with such other long lasting trends as day glo pants, disco and silly … [Read more...]

Bienvenido Brindisa – An authentic taste of Spain comes to Balham

  Whoop! Whoop! The Brindisa pop up in Hildreth Street Market is here to stay. Hooray! This is an absolute foodie heaven offering the very finest produce that Spain has to offer and showcasing Brindisa’s exceptional range of artisan cheese and charcuterie. No need to trek up to Borough Market, it’s all right here in Balham. At a recent meet the neighbours evening we enjoyed an incredible array of authentic Spanish fare perfect for dinner parties, kitchen suppers and effortless but … [Read more...]

It’s your round (again) – Quiz night at the Waterfront

OK, so I apologise, I told you I'd do regular reviews of pub quizzes and then you don't see any for about 4 months. What's worse is that the one in this review is about to stop for the summer season as the pub it takes place in gets too busy during the warmer months. So where are we this week? Well we're back by the river just west of Wandsworth town station, now walk past the ship, along the Thames path and the stop at the Waterfront, Battersea reach. The Waterfront is a fairly new pub, … [Read more...]

Fixed Northcote Road – Irony in a name?

  I like dining at new restaurants don’t you? The tingly anticipation of looking at a new menu, the idea that you might be at the start of a freshly minted relationship with what will become your favourite eatery, it’s almost like going on a date. Unfortunately like dating for each spark, there are also innumerable damp squibs, and so let’s talk about Fixed. The Northcote road must be a challenging place to open yet somewhere else new to eat. If you lobbed the proverbial brick from … [Read more...]

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