36 Brixton Water Lane, London, SW2 1PE
Tel no: 020 3186 4011
For a special occasion – New Year’s Eve – we ordered the special menu from Maremma. We were already fans for both the eat-in and at home options – see here, here and here. The menu isn’t on offer all the time, but I am sure the dishes will reappear. The meal was definitely a special event, four courses, so not for everyday munchies. But Valentine’s day is approaching so perhaps that is the opportunity for a special romantic meal at home, but you will need to get in quick.
Orders for meals, as well as the deli for grocery and wine, and do have three course menus such as La Romantica. These menus usually need 24 hours notice before you can collect the food. Returning to our meal – we ordered four courses and fizzy wine. Two four course menus was actually too much food for us, so we divided it in two and had them on two evenings. Note that the photographs are all of the half portions, as served. The items come with instructions on how to cook or present them, but it did require an excel chart to work out when to put them in the oven (one provided would have been useful – especially if you are juggling oven temperatures).
Our first meal was mainly fish – Focaccia, Baccala mantecato with fennel and orange salad; rabbit agnolotti; grilled lobster with spicy aoli and rocket salad and crispy potatoes; and to finish we had warm chocolate tart with caramel, clementine and creme fraiche.
The second meal was venison carpaccio with beetroot crisps and peccorino; truffle spaghetti; roasted rack of lamb, with herb crumb and celeriac puree; and prune tart.
Day 1 – we loved everything – it would be crazy to try to say anything more. Those without a taste for salt might choose something other than the baccala. We really suggest trying the rabbit agnolotti as the deep sauce (only a little of it but worth every drop).
Day 2 – We also loved, but want to give a special shout out to the truffle spaghetti – to die for (figuratively speaking of course), as well as the herb crumb on the lamb.
This was all seriously good food and a welcome boost in a miserable time. What this restaurant does really well is the sauces and the fantastic pasta. We are certainly going to try to copy the truffle spaghetti, which comes with truffle butter and shaved truffle, although the price of fresh truffles (try Borough Market) makes this a very special treat. The fizzy Franciacorta Brut (white) was crisp and clean, not as biscuity like champagne but “perfect for dinner with friends” or so Jancis Robinson says. We were on our own, locked in and doing our bit for the NHS, but these meals certainly lifted our spirits. The whole meal was very, very expensive, so only for a special occasion – like Valentine’s day or Vaccination day.