What: Little Bird Chiswick welcomes a sister venue on the popular Battersea Rise.
New? The eclectic bar and restaurant opened the end of May becoming the 5th venue from acclaimed restaurateur Lorraine Angliss.
Where? 1 Battersea Rise, Battersea SW11 1HG www.littlebirdrestaurants.com
On the menu: Little Bird serves Asian-inspired cuisine with a Mediterranean twist prepared by Head Chef, Ricardo Villar, who worked previously at The Petersham Hotel and will receive guidance from critically acclaimed Head Chef Nick Marfe.
First Impressions: Humidity was reaching its peak on the day we went so the doors of Little Bird were swung open leading onto the decking area where people were making use of the outdoor space. The weather seemed fitting as Little Bird reminded me of a tropical conservatory filled with palm trees, hand-painted wallpaper depicting birds of paradise and several other exotic trinkets and cushions that I’d love to fill my house with.
The Look: Real life foliage and palm trees fit in well with the leafy wallpaper, the back of the restaurant holds the main dining area which has partial glass ceilings (that goes back to my tropical conservatory idea) and white brick walls. At the back is a small terrace with yet more palm trees, white antique garden chairs and lamps while the bar area features a lot of wood including the bamboo hanging lamps.
What We Ate: There is a tapas style theme of eating although some of the dishes are quite sizeable like the chickpea korma which had a gentle kick that you don’t normally find in kormas but I really appreciated. The courgette fritti was a magical creation that I ended up near inhaling in my attempt to get them all in my mouth as quickly as possible. Fans of prawns will love the Thai prawn curry but be warned they come presented with several king prawns on top which some diners may find a little off-putting. The steak with teriyaki sauce was nice and tender, cooked medium rare; those with a big appetite should add a side of coconut rice with shavings of coconut to make it more substantial. For dessert the pineapple carpaccio with coconut ice cream was super light and refreshing, ideal for the hot weather but the passionfruit cheesecake was seriously amazing and creamy.
What We Drank: The cocktail menu has been expertly created by one of the world’s most renowned mixologists, Benji Purslow, who is the UK Ambassador for Four Roses Bourbon and has travelled the world extensively, winning the highest bartender accolades. We tried his Mediterranean Mojito which had a little fruity mix up on the classic and Tropic which I would have preferred a tad sweeter.
Go With: This place is great for dates, with friends, for drinks – it’s suitable for everyone basically.
Final Word: This is the kind of place I would definitely return to; from getting décor inspiration ideas to the mega friendly staff to the delicious food, it was a winning combination and I look forward to seeing the opening of more Little Birds.
Little Bird Battersea: 1 Battersea Rise, Battersea SW11 1HG www.littlebirdrestaurants.com