This month’s eating out post which takes us along the Northern Line in London, comes from Megan who is a freelance social media manager and a 1/6 of the Truly Madly Kids blogging team. She can be found in South West London, often getting to grips with her DSLR and always making sure she and her family enjoy all London has on offer.
Over to Megan…
‘South of the river’ has often been associated with everything being a bit grim and miserable. However, these days South London stands firmly on its own, it has an awful lot shout about: Beautiful parks and commons, great communities and many brilliant places to eat. Today, I take you on a trip on the Northern line and point out some of the best places to eat along the South London branch of the line. We start at Waterloo, and end in my home town, Tooting Broadway. Enjoy the ride!
Waterloo – The Waterloo Bar and Kitchen
This is a great little bistro near the Old Vic Theatre. Perfect for those pre-theatre suppers. It equally lends itself to dinners to catch up with friends – one girlfriend told me she was pregnant with twins here and another she was getting married! The restaurant serves good, fresh food such as salmon fishcakes, pork belly and pan-fried halloumi. It also serves brunch and roasts at the weekend. This is a great all-rounder with something for everyone.
Kennington – Toulouse LaTrec
Situated between two busy roads, this old-timer of a restaurant could be easily missed. Regularly voted as a favourite of locals, this places serves fantastic French food at reasonable prices. Expect snails, steak tartar and cassulet .And what’s more? Their Sunday special is lobster and chips! Also a music venue, you can listen to live jazz upstairs.
Oval – Van Gogh Cafe
I find it hard to find decent vegetarian places, so when I stumbled upon this place, I was delighted! Set up as a social enterprise, it aims to tackle food poverty. In future, they will run workshops to help. But in the meantime, enjoy a veggie curry or smoothie. Utterly delicious and also an incredibly important cause.
Stockwell – Serrana Deli
Stockwell is also know as Little Portugal, and this wonderful little deli is like leaving South West London and stepping into a shop in Portugal. Filled with cold meats, cheeses and wines from Portugal, it’s the perfect place to shop for a Portuguese feast. What’s more, when you’re done shopping you can enjoy a coffee and pastal de nata in the cafe area.
Clapham North – Tsunami
This is the first place I tried black cod, and I wasn’t disappointed! This place is just so cool, situated in the arches of Clapham North, the sleek black interior oozes sophistication, and you can have a pretty swish cocktail to go along with your sushi. Great for dates or dinner with friends.
Clapham Common – The Pepper Tree
As a graduate in London, I was often strapped for cash, and The Pepper Tree became a firm favourite. With the most expensive item on the menu at £10.95, this is a brilliant budget restaurant. The cheap prices don’t mean cheap food – you will enjoy the tastiest Thai street food, certainly in SW4!
Clapham South – Pizzeria on the Green
Another favourite from my 20s. Imagine our delight when we saw a pizzeria with a sign proudly displaying ‘Crazy Month: Half Price Pizza and Pasta’! We duly went in and ordered the most delicious pizza – The Cecco, with extra capers. What was a bonus was that crazy month extended into the next month, and the next, and the next … You get the picture! ‘Crazy Pizza’ as we renamed it, serves up authentic Italian pizza, has the friendliest waiting staff and the coldest beer. Still our favourite pizzeria all these years later.
Balham – Lamberts
Local, Joe Lambert, set up Lamberts with the ethic that all ingredients should be sourced sustainably and maintain the countryside. Therefore, much of the produce is from small, family owned companies and often organic. In line with this thinking, the menus follow the seasons, so this month you will find wood pigeon,oysters, plum jam and broccoli soup all appearing on the menu. This is a gem of a restaurant and it certainly celebrates fine food and drink.
Tooting Bec – Meza
This is a small restaurant, seating probably only 20 at the most in one sitting. However, it has a stunning menu of middle Eastern meze. So much so, it is often booked out and people travel from far and wide to go. My favourites on the menu are their chicken skewers and soujouk sausages. Simply delicious.
Tooting Broadway – Unwined / A Grape Night In
Set up by two women, A Grape Night In was originally a pop up, however after a successful kickstarter campaign they found a permanent home in Tooting Market, and they have become a wine shop, bar and kitchen. With featured wines each month, and a different pop up kitchen this is a novel experience. Last month, I popped along and enjoyed a Lebanese white, whilst chowing down on a wonderful Sri Lankan aubergine curry. This all, whilst sitting in the market, listening to DJ spinning tunes. Tooting Market suddenly got very cool.