When Plot opened in Tooting Broadway Market in January, Londoners came flocking, and it confirmed suspicions that SW17 really is the place to watch for all things foodie. Cousins Harry Smith and Mark Kimber are behind the tiny 15-cover restaurant which proudly names its producers and suppliers, be it meat from Chadwick’s on Tooting High Street or fish from Moxons in Clapham South. It’s no surprise, then, that they champion local in their day to day lives too, so we asked the pair for their favourite places to visit in South West London. Here are their picks:
What: Cosy Late Night Cocktails
Why: Just around the corner from Plot, this cosy cocktail bar is our go-to after a long day at the restaurant. With a lengthy cocktail list you are seldom stuck for choice. With friendly staff, banging tunes and a late license to boot, it is the perfect setting to enjoy a few sharp Negroni’s late into the night.
Where: 145 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9PE
What: Modern British Cuisine
Why: With an exceptional tasting menu at a steal of £45, this is the sort of dining you can easily settle into. If you are looking for a lighter bite with a first class cocktail take a pew at the bar and be sure to order the venison, juniper and black pepper salumi or Brixham crab, peanuts, apple, sorrel – just delicious.
Where: 148 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham, SW4 6BX
What: Sensational Seafood
Why: Set in the calm surroundings of Michelin House, Bibendum Oyster Bar knows its product. With a casual formality, it’s easy to let an afternoon whizz by. Oysters are served in best in the company of other seafood delights as a part of their plateau de fruits de mer.
Where: Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6RD
What: Authentic Vietnamese
Why: Don’t let the dodgy décor put you off, this is all part of the small but perfectly formed Vietnamese experience. This family-run business is always bursting at the seams with smiling customers ordering countless bowls of steamy pho and oodles of fresh prawn rolls and clay pot chicken curries. For us, this is our one-stop-shop for real Vietnamese grub.
Where: 180 Lavender Hill, Battersea, SW11 5TQ
What: Traditional Japanese
Why: A Chelsea hideaway, this is the place to order a cracking miso soup with a spicy twist and hot pots of shabu shabu. Make sure you order a second helping of sashimi mori – it is off the scale and their cool mushroom and sesame salad is an absolute must-have. This place is the real deal and a great way to enjoy authentic Japanese food in a calm and friendly atmosphere.
Where: 85 Sloane Avenue, South Kensington, SW3 3DX
What: Neighbourhood Bistro
Why: A steep climb up from Clapham Junction, this Battersea bistro is a great pit-stop for a quick lunch or a few drinks later into the evening. With a blend of French and Spanish cuisine you can sit at the bar and share a plate of padron peppers or kick back and enjoy a spicy steak tartare and a bowl of moules marinière. Wine is a big part of it too: the list has an extensive collection from all over the world.
Where: 27 Battersea Rise, Battersea, SW11 1HG
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