What? Is there a better way to spend a Sunday than having a lie in, going for a walk in the crisp winter sun (albeit through the air polluted streets of London) and rounding it off with a big roast for lunch? Because right now I can’t think of one. I’ve waited all summer to be able to feast on Yorkshire puddings and the time has finally come, so having a free weekend I did just that and headed to Minnow.
New? Relatively, it opened back in July, the Sunday roasts, however, are new for autumn.
Where? Minnow, 21 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 OHY, www.minnowclapham.co.uk
On the Menu: You’ve got a choice of three roasts, currently at the time of writing this and available throughout November they have: roast rib eye of beef; hay smoked Yorkshire grouse and salt baked kohlrabi with red cabbage and parsley roots. If you don’t want a roast then you could always go for Bircher muesli or fruit salad, but I can guarantee you’ll have food envy. At least go for the poached eggs on toast or tattie scone with fried egg.
The Look: Tucked onto The Pavement overlooking Clapham Common, Minnow is a sweet, small neighbourhood restaurant. Upstairs is light and airy with pale mint green panelling, mink grey banquettes, small wooden tables and white and black honeycomb tiled floors. It is rather small, at times you can feel a bit like a sardine packed in, there’s lots of excuse me and tucking in as waitresses come past. Whilst, downstairs is more intimate with burgundy walls, a cosy vaulted booth and an open kitchen.
What We Ate: I never want to begin a review with things didn’t get off to the best of starts, but unfortunately, we’re going to have to do that here. After quite the wait, our bread arrived and whilst one slice was fresh, the other had seen better days and was bordering on stale. Not what you want.
All was forgiven however when the roasts arrived, because Minnow have got the Sunday roast down to a tee. The plates were piled high with beef, perfect roast potatoes – crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside, honey-glazed, colourful root vegetables, including chunks of honey-spiced pumpkin and cloud-like Yorkshire puddings. They definitely do not hold back on the portion size and for that we were thankful, especially given that my friend had sent her morning battling down the Thames in a quad (aka she was rowing).
Our roasts almost defeated us so we didn’t make it to pudding, instead sharing a flaky pastel de nata filled with a gloriously, sweet, thick custard.
What We Drank: What else but a glass of Castillo de Clavio, Crianza Rioja? Red wine and Sunday afternoon, it’s like Bonnie and Clyde, fish and chips, Romeo and Juliet, a classic pairing if you will.
Go With: Minnow, like the fish is rather small, so this is best suited to a smaller get together, rather than a large party. There is space downstairs for larger groups but upstairs tables are suited for twos.
Final Word: Sundays are all about being lazy and admittedly the restaurant was packed, but at times service was a little too slow, to the point where we thought we had been forgotten about. Apart from that and the bread, the roast was excellent – a great addition to the Sunday roast world.
Minnow: 21 The Pavement, Clapham Common, SW4 OHY