This little neighbourhood wine bar won’t just satisfy your soif (thirst)… but your hunger, too.
Because while it’s packed with top-notch and lesser known bottles from small, independent growers, it also serves a menu of hearty French cuisine. And – unsurprisingly, being the third in the family from the Brawn and Terroirs team – it’s all very good.
You’ll find it perched on the edge of Clapham Common, a cork’s throw from Humble Grape (we feel a wine crawl coming on). Inside, it’s a quaint-but-cool mix of old Parisian bistro (Bentwood chairs, simple wooden tables and rows of old bottles lining the walls) and modern eatery, with an eclectic mix of artwork adorning the walls.
The food menu is concise but thoughtfully put together, and changes daily alongside the specials scrawled on the blackboards. You can kick off with classic wine bar fare – almonds and olives, charcuterie and bread – before scaling up to mains. Arranged by small and large plates, you can 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.
And so to the wines: there’s a neat selection available by the glass, covering reds, whites, rosés, orange (skin contact) and sparkling, plus a longer list if you’re going for a bottle or two. They’re constantly shortlisting new ones, and will be more than happy to talk you through their selection – and if you find one you really like, you can buy a bottle to take home with you.
All in all, it’s a pretty suave Soif.
NOTE: Soif is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 6pm, and Thurs-Sun from 12pm. You can find out more, and book, HERE.
Soif | 27 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG
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