This is a review mainly about cocktails but it includes the food too. I have relied on my dinner companion and photographer to nudge my memory. I hadn’t seen this friend for a long time, so we decided to celebrate in the Fox Bar before eating. So, as we didn’t want to appear too eager we arrived at 5.10 (it opens at 5). We were the only customers but it was relaxed and the service was fantastic. We have covered here before (see here) so this is more of an update.
After ordering a couple of cocktails (Earl of Gimlet – Gin- Bergamot – Grapes), we were then offered free celebratory glass of Bollinger by one of the bar staff, as it was his birthday present. Then we had another couple of rounds of cocktails (Reynold Reserve – Tequila – Islay Whisky – Apricot and also a Red Hook – Rye Whisky – Bitter – Maraschino). We well and truly tested the drinks menu! – all drinks were great, not too sweet and very aromatic.
Feeling peckish and not being able to make too many choices, we ventured only a few feet away to the restaurant, where surprisingly we were not the only one’s present. We each ordered a Dirty Burger (succulent deep fried chicken in a burger bun) and both of us were converted – deep fried chicken is a real winner. The meat was succulent, not too much sauce and anyway you could ask for more of the hot stuff. We both decided the bun was superfluous but the crunchy greens were really enjoyable and made us feel healthier.
My memory from thereon is more than hazy, we moved onto another of our favourite bars in Brixton (Three Eight Four), where our taste in cocktails diverged with my friend opting for a dry Gin Martini and I went for a classic Vesper. The mixologist did us proud producing two very good classic cocktails, although by this time I’m not 100% sure either of us were in any fit state to call ourselves a connoisseur I think two Vespers/Martinis contributed to a staggering walk home and I have now downloaded the Drink Aware App and trying to stick to 14 units a week. A more purist lifestyle will also help with the credit card bill. The advice from two people who should have known better is, go to Chickenshop but a beer is all you will need for a good night out.
It’s that time again. We are now 7 years old (7?! jeeez). The landscape of food in Brixton has changed since our early beginnings and now it is one of the ultimate foodie destinations in London.
As is tradition, we will be conducting our annual restaurant of the year award. Previous winners include, Donostia Social Club, Nanban and Boqueria – so will any of the newcomers beat them to the crown this year?
This is the long list of places to choose from. The vote will be open for a week, when we will take the top 5 into the shortlist vote. We have only included places we have reviewed, restaurants you can sit down at and none of the ‘bus ride away’ or the pop-ups. Apologies in advance if we have forgotten your fave.
We often buy bread from Wild Caper but rarely visit for a meal. So, surprisingly, despite being one of earliest manifestations of the change in the food available in Brixton, it’s never got a review. But we were hungry, after getting caught up in the Sing Out Streatham choir on Electric Avenue – yes a local choir singing Bowie’s Starman. It was Sunday and everywhere was gearing up for lunch and we wanted breakfast – Wild Caper was still serving and almost empty.
There are various choices all involving eggs and some involving bacon. We chose the Wild Caper special and bacon and eggs on toast. When they arrived the special – despite being a quid cheaper – filled the plate. I really enjoyed this meal and ate all on the plate. Bacon on smaller plate (see photo) was also very good.
The bill including two coffees came to £17.50. And then, although what we had already eaten quite enough, greed got the better of us and we finished off with a iced doughnut from Dum Dum Donutterie located temptingly opposite in Market Row.
The Half Moon pub is now transformed back into its Grade II listed glory. It is now a “dining destination” and it has 12 “boutique” bedrooms. The grand opening was only a month ago, so we thought we would get in early as the destination for a family outing on Easter Monday.
The grand dining room – I have given up with the quotation marks – is ….no I can’t resist…. “eclectic”. Large baskets act as light shades, plenty of plants on rugged looking stacked shelves but luckily the tables and chairs were comfy and not the stolen from a skip variety. We went at 6:00pm, when it looked half empty but it gradually filled up . We were glad we had booked, as they were turning people away.
There were five of us and we were given the Sunday evening menu. It changes by the day and also by the time you eat – because they have rooms, they also serve breakfast. We opted for three courses including some puddings to share.
The stand out dish was the goats cheese and pumpkin tart with a walnut salad. The tart was warm and the pumpkin and goat’s cheese was light and airy. We had a couple of potted brown shrimps, which were emptied before I could try and some garlic wild mushrooms, that went even faster.
For the main course you can choose smaller portions. I chose the spiced roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, pine nuts and herbs, which I wouldn’t recommend. I thought it would be at least warm but it was straight from the fridge. We had two small sized goat’s cheese and hazelnut salad (again pretty icy), fish and chips (the fish was overcooked and hard in places) but the salmon with chorizo and butterbean cassoulet disappeared fast. So a mixed bag.
For dessert there was banoffee pie with caramel, a cheese plate and coffee ice cream.
After a couple of gendered pints, we stuck to the wine – a cheeky Albarino. It was not particularly cheap. Even with small plates, shared puddings and not a lot of alcohol, it came to £152.50 for the five of us.
How do you feed 13 people you invite round on a Saturday evening without breaking a sweat. Simple – just order a takeaway. But what takeaway? Brixton is full of Deliveroo and Just Eat partner restaurants but we wanted to focus on pizza. Everyone likes it, except vegans, and we didn’t have one of those. But we also wanted an opportunity for a trial. So we chose six outlets that deliver in Brixton, ranging from local favourites, which we have previously reviewed, to a national chain. We also went to a supermarket, just for comparison. Continue reading →