Go to Clapham…
… and you’ll do a lot more than just applaud the meat.
Because SW4 has a very respectable restaurant scene to offer, from Beijing-style street food to cosy tapas spots, as well as not one but three eateries from one of London’s most critically acclaimed chefs.
So without further ado, we present our pick of the best Clapham restaurants:
Soif is the third sibling in the the Brawn & Terroirs family, so it’s no surprise that it’s kind of an overachiever. You’ll find it parked at the edge of Clapham Common, where it’s packed with top-notch and lesser known wines from small, independent growers, it also serves a menu of hearty French cuisine. expect the likes of roast chicken croquetas with aioli; sea bream with fennel and brown shrimp salad; chargrilled pork collar with spring greens and chilli; and charred watermelon, feta and black olive salad. Plus, there’s chocolate mousse or a crack at the cheeseboard to finish.
Details: 27 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG | Open daily
Sorella is Italian for sister, which is fitting considering this is the latest edition to the Robin Gill family/micro-empire. It’s set in the same spot as his old restaurant The Manor, which he ripped everything out of… and, well, left that way, giving the whole place a stylishly undone aesthetic with exposed brick walls and distressed wood tables. The food has had an equally dramatic shift, too, focussing on Amalfi-style cuisine with a glut of Italian aperitivi and spritzers.
Details: 148 Clapham Manor Street, SW4 6BX | Open for lunch Wed-Sun and dinner Tues-Sat
You’ll find London Stock in the Ram’s Quarters, a development on the former site of the Young’s Brewery. And while both the restaurant and the development are new, the chefs manning the kitchen aren’t exactly wet behind the ears – they’ve worked in Michelin-starred kitchens like Pollen Street Social, Umu and Dinner by Heston. And it shows on the plate. The dishes all show the attentive treatment of simple ingredients and the application of Japanese cooking techniques like robata grilling and yakitori-style skewers. And the interiors – exposed brick walls, cast iron girders – are quite handsome, too.
Details: 2 Bubbling Well Square, Ram Quarter, SW18 1UQ | Open Weds-Sun
Boqueria’s clean, sharp, dazzling white interiors are the precise opposite of its colourful, authentic-tasting tapas, ranging from tortillas and croquetas to salt cod fritters and suckling pig, all washed down with a superlative Spanish-leaning drinks list. It’s also one of the few opportunities to promise your date a ‘choco explosion’ at the end of the evening, and that actually mean a good thing.
Details: 192 Acre Lane, SW2 5UL | Open from 5pm weekdays, 12.30pm weekends
A relatively recent addition, Minnow is one of Clapham’s gems.
And it’s not just a big fish, small pond, thing.
Not only do the interiors give you the blissful impression of being inside a giant macaron, the food is brilliantly executed – from the Sunday evening roast (with BYOB) to the stilton gnocchi, confit pork belly and moules marinière that they plate up the rest of the week.
Details: 21 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0HY | Open daily
It’s never easy to follow in your parents footsteps.
Especially when they keep doubling back, and covering their tracks.
Thankfully, Mama Lan – after whom her daughter’s burgeoning collection of Beijing street food restaurants is named – plays no such tricks, having taught her talented progeny the ancient family recipes she uses to fill out her menus today. Recipes like wonton noodle soup, crispy chicken bao and king prawn & water chestnut dumplings…
Details: 8 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 0HY | Open daily for lunch and dinner
Adam Byatt doesn’t really care for labels. So his flagship restaurant Trinity is, quite naturally, divided up into two parts. There’s the downstairs, which is a fine dining spot that doesn’t consider itself to be a “Michelin Star” kind of restaurant (despite the fact that it does indeed have a Michelin Star). It means there’s no air of snobbery, and no snootiness about what constitutes good food. It’s just simple, seasonal, and made to a crazily high standard. Then there’s the upstairs, which is more casual still, covered in lush greenery, and offering small plates & dishes starting at just a quid a pop. And frankly, if you can’t find what you’re after in either of them, then you’re impossible to please.
Details: 4 The Polygon, SW4 0JG | Downstairs open daily for lunch & dinner; Upstairs open for lunch Wed-Sun & dinner Tues-Sat.
Last Updated: 5th January 2021 | Main image: Minnow
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