Normally sticking to my home area of East London, I knew that taking my geographically challenged friend and myself to Fulham was never going to be easy. However, after some avid google mapping and a few squeaks of ‘where the hell are we?’ we found our destination. With its bold signage and grand entrance, there was no mistaking that we had arrived at our destination. Lucky Pig has two venues, with the first having an underground speakeasy vibe. Tonight though, we were at the second venue, which acts as the prelude to its sister site (a bit like how the Star Wars films came out in the wrong order) and this place is full of vibrancy and general coolness.
When we entered the restaurant, I was really impressed by the opulent and colourful décor. There is a definite 1920’s atmosphere, with the bar staff and waiters dressed in loose bowties and braces. First, we sampled a cocktail from the wide ranging menu. My friend tried the Ritzy Ethel, which was mango infused and she said it tasted great. However, I think her tastes buds weren’t as strong later on after three glasses of white wine. There was live jazz playing throughout the night and this added to the venue’s buzzing atmosphere.
We were led to our table by a very polite waitress and perused the tasty looking menu (even if we didn’t recognise all of the names of the dishes, as our culinary knowledge stops at pasta bakes). I had the Brixton Ale Cured Salmon, Radish & English Asparagus Slaw to start and it was presented beautifully. The salmon was not too dry and the radish and asparagus were fresh and crunchy. For mains, I had the Chargrilled Chicken Breast, Fried Saganaki, Grilled Merguez and Rocket. I chose this dish simply because I love chicken in all its forms and I was not disappointed. The chicken was grilled to perfection and the fried saganaki had just the right amount of spice. The grilled merguez left my friend and I drooling and wishing we could have seconds! To finish off, I enjoyed the Prosecco Jelly with Strawberry & Balsamic Sorbet. You can’t really go wrong combining everybody’s two favourite things, desserts and alcohol, so this one was definitely a winning dish.
However, having our food, drinks and all the other random oddities that restaurants have on their tables, all in front of us at once, highlighted my only real complaint about Lucky Pig. The tables are just a tad too small and this is one of my biggest pet peeves. How am I supposed to fit my sunglasses into my carefully positioned Instagram post if the food takes up the entire table? That first world problem aside, Lucky Pig was a true delight to dine in. There was a great atmosphere, exceptionally friendly staff and some very good food. Lucky Pig is perfect for after work drinks and would also make a great venue for a first date! Just whatever you do, don’t tell your date that you chose this cool 20’s spot as it reminds you of them, as no one wants to be compared to a pig…even one as tasty as this.