What? A little cosy bistro with a lot to say.
New? The Restaurant itself has been open for a while, and in light of their Brunch and Lunch menus doing so well, they are now launching their new dinner menu for Friday and Saturday evenings.
Where? 60 Nunhead Lane, SE15 3QE, www.thehabitlondon.co.uk
On the Menu: The Habit, has created quite the reputation as a fabulous place to stumble out of bed for some brunch or lunch. Now it is on the verge of breaking in to the dinner market. With a diverse range of dishes, many suitable for vegetarians such as the Chard Wellington, and the Winter Veg Bake. There was also a catch of the day for our fishy fans, and the delicious list goes on.
The Look: The Habit, from the outside looks like a charming low maintenance little shop front. On entering you are surrounded by little wooden tables with old church pew chairs, abstract paintings and hanging baskets. The bare hanging light bulbs offer a warm and cosy glow to the evening, and the tiny salt and pepper on the table gave me a silly amount of satisfaction. The kitchen and counter area is open, and the whole feel is very relaxed and welcoming. This is only helped by the friendly and efficient staff.
What We Ate: To start things off I had baked goats cheese on toasted sourdough with beetroot chutney and watercress. As I am mad about goats cheese, you can imagine how well this went down. Smooth and fast. Not only were the flavours delicious but the the size was substantial. It could easily have sufficed as a light lunch option.
My friend on the other hand opted for the butternut squash scotch egg. Just to clarify it’s totally veggie and totally scrummy. My favourite part (because yes of course I tried it) was the mustard mayo, it sounds like an insignificant side detail, but no, this stuff was delicious I practically got the teaspoon out an started on it like it was an amuse bouche.
Far our main, we both ordered the steak. As much as I scolded myself for being so unadventurous I am so glad I was. It arrived sliced on a wooden board with hand cut chips. My god, you could tell it had been raised on hearty meals and cuddles, so deliciously tender was this beef. Melt in your mouth delicious. What’s more, it was the perfect amount not too little not too large, leaving just the right amount of room for pudding.
It arrived oozing it’s chocolatey goodness the vanilla ice cream melting in the heat. Sweetness and steam spilling over making my eyes gleam greedily- Yummy yummy. My companion opted for the cheese board instead which, apart from a suspicious pickle she took a dislike to, she claimed was the perfect way to conclude her meal.
What We Drank: We kept things simple with a super smooth bottle of the Mayfly Sauvignon Blanc.
Go with: Who ever you like. This is great place for you to take anyone, be it your family (little ones and all) or a close friend or blind date. The vibe is relaxed warm and friendly. No pretense. Everyone will feel welcome; because they are.
Final Word: I am so glad I got the opportunity to visit The Habit, a lovely little place, a bit off the beaten track, and perfect for a relaxed evening meal. Though it’s called a bistro and does exactly what it should, the quality of the food ventures far beyond the bounds of this minimalist title.
The Habit: 60 Nunhead Lane, SE15 3QE