After Eamonn’s raving review back in September, I excitedly headed down to Fulham Broadway to try The Lucky Pig’s new autumn/winter menu. Easy to walk past as it’s in an old Parish Hall building, once inside, first impressions were great; velvet seating, copper bar and dark grey panelling were just to my taste. If I opened a restaurant this is how I’d design it.
We sat on the top by the open kitchen on a comfy teal banquette. Crisp white tablecloths and a flickering tea light set the ambience. An empty table either side of us meant we could hear each other properly but even if we had been sandwiched I think the buzz would’ve been pleasant, as long as you’re not on an awkward date – or overhearing one. A comfier, lower seating area by the bar hosted a group of friends in pole position for the John Mayer-esque live music by two guys on guitars. Live music runs every night so I knew to expect it but it was nice to have not known what type it would be – jazz and blues is the norm here.
On to the food: our starter was seared yellow fin tuna and west coast scallops in a mother of pearl shell. Perfectly balanced flavours of ponzu (soy sauce and citrus), roasted shallots and grapefruit meant it was fresh and light. Just as well because for my main I had the breast of Salt Marsh lamb, so slowly cooked it fell apart, topped with blatjang (apricot) chutney, bathed in gorgeous gravy and served with a rolled up silver beet leaf, generously stuffed with rice and barley. Pretty presentation for such a meaty dish. My guest, Grace, raved about the steamed Megrim sole fillet with seaweed fritters and crab butter – recommended by the waitress and now by her. I really wasn’t hungry for pudding but the food had been so good I ordered out of curiosity. The chocolate mousse is made with their own blended coffee and served in a teacup with a rum and raisin biscotti. It was probably the best mousse I’ve ever had, but very rich so Grace helped me out.
I can imagine The Lucky Pig is very versatile and would as much enjoy a morning coffee as I would brunch or award-winning cocktails after work. Even though I say it was buzzy, we arrived when it was very quiet (7pm on a Wednesday night) and although a few tables came and went, I was surprised that it wasn’t more full. It’s a prime spot by Fulham Broadway and most of the other bars and restaurants I walked past were packed, so maybe this is more of a hidden gem. We were made to feel very at home by attentive staff (in white shirts and braces) and enjoyed our red wine so much that we left very full and very content little piggies at 11pm. It’s refreshing to find a place that you don’t feel like you are overstaying your welcome and that is open till midnight, six days a week. Throw in the fact that the food’s so good and what’s there not to like?