Thanks to The Dairy restaurant The Pavement at Clapham Common is now one of the best little culinary corners of London, with the utterly brilliant Counter Culture and now Minnow. This quaint little eatery opened just a few months ago and already the locals are gleefully boasting about their new neighbourhood spot. Well I’m jealous, because Minnow ticks all the right boxes, and is just the kind of place I’d like to have a few minutes walk from my flat.
Before even entering I was instantly enamoured by the pale sage green colour of the restaurant and the bistro style tables perched outside. Inside the restaurant has a charming and friendly feel, for more intimate dinners there is a more cosy downstairs area (I recommend asking for the table with the stain-glass window).
Minnow is owned by a foodie couple, Chris Frichot and Saba Tsegaye, who met at university and went on to work in some of London’s most successful restaurants, think Hawksmoor and Caravan. They run the front of house while experienced chef Jake Boyce takes care of the kitchen.
A few minutes after sitting down a plate of happiness arrived at our table. Caramelised onion puree with crispy kale and nutty crumbs was addictively tasty, sweet velvety puree with a salty crispy topping. Crispy chicken skin with aioli is another snack worth ordering.
The menu changes regularly dependent on the freshest seasonal produce. To start we enjoyed summery Rainbow tomatoes with curd & nasturtiums, a simple but fresh taste of the garden. Squid with lemongrass, lime & ginger seemed a little off topic amongst the best of British menu, but tasted nice nonetheless.
For main course Pork loin with Arabica coffee and artichokes was a buttery decadent dish sprinkled with raspberry, which shouldn’t have worked but it did. The charred lamb rump with chickpeas & harissa yoghurt was cooked perfectly, particularly nice paired with a side dish of Roast cauliflower.
The desserts were refreshing and unusual. Caramelised watermelon with blood orange & Campari sorbet was the ideal hot weather palate cleanser, though I preferred the Peaches with dill and almond ice-cream, a lovely combination of subtle flavours.
Minnow is a great restaurant for any occasion, any time of day, snack or slap-up feast.
More information and book a table at Minnow here.