Food The South London Dining Thread

Has anyone tried Cabrera by Lee station? It’s a fairly new steak place located where the Curry Garden used to be.
Some of my friends recommended it although their foodie prowess isn’t always the most reliable.
I lived that way most of my life (and my folks are still in Lee) so will try giving it a shot some time

We go to Luciano's in Lee a few times a year. The kids love their pizza and I'm quite partial to the goose risotto, not that we're institutionalised at all!
 
Has anyone tried Cabrera by Lee station? It’s a fairly new steak place located where the Curry Garden used to be.
Some of my friends recommended it although their foodie prowess isn’t always the most reliable.
I lived that way most of my life (and my folks are still in Lee) so will try giving it a shot some time

Thanks for the tip, we'll probably give that a go at some point :)
 
Sick of looking at the queues at Padella in Borough Market, we ventured up to the top of Bermondsey Street to visit Flour and Grape - another pasta place.

Best idea I've had in a long time - at 12:30 on a Tuesday it was busy but not rammed. Excellent pasta - a lovely wine list that has a decent bit of thought put into it (not a mega list, just wines that compliment the food).

Taglierini with truffled butter and egg yolk was incredible. Beef shin Ragu well worth the £8.

2 of us had some olives, various breads, 2 pasta dishes, then 2 deserts (including amazing Tiramasu ice-cream, 2 coffees) and glass of Chianti and a glass of Barolo (both decent). £67.
 
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Dining may be too strong a term for it but my latest treat to myself after every two weekly treatment at Guy’s is the recent Singaporean coffee shop, Mei Mei in Borough Market. I’ve had their poached chicken, which is excellent, but yesterday I had their fried chicken, coconut rice, fried egg, hard fried anchovies, peanuts with a spicy sauce. The name escapes me but it was truly delicious, generous and decent value. I’ve always managed to get a stool at the bar, which is a splendid spot to watch them do their stuff.
 
Also I had an excellent experience at Sparrow in Lewisham. I'm heading back in a couple of weeks so will report back then but my first visit was very good with competent and inventive cooking without any funny business.
I visited Sparrow again on Thursday, excellent again. Wine list short and not very exciting but did a decent job, but the cooking and service were really first class. Not what you'd expect from a restaurant on a busy roundabout in Lewisham but highly recommended.

Last night I had fish and chips from Brockley's Rock, which is about 100 yards from my house. Always very good (and packed), but I'd really forgotten that there's a small restaurant area at the back with corkage at I think three quid. Well worth a visit.
 
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An endorsement of page 1's recommendation of Mr Bao in Peckham Rye - we went on Saturday at lunchtime and they were charming, accommodating of our noisy, dirty children (+ 1yo nephew) and the food was all delicious. Wish it was in my neighbourhood, rather than my s-i-law's!
 
excellent experience last night at Peckham Cellars (full disclosure - the chef is the son of a friend of ours). It's a wine bar serving the dreaded "small plates", but actually this works really well I think because all the staff there so clearly know what they're doing. Started by 3 partners, Ben (ex-Bancroft) handles a lot of the wine, Luke, who has managed some large restaurants, and Helen, who we didn't get much chance to talk to but I understand is more focussed on the food side. This being Peckham, the wine list leans natural (not something I would have imagined saying 20 years ago!) but clearly carefully selected with a keen eye/palate. The food was really tip top, portion size well judged, good quality ingredients. We drank a delicious bottle of Paillard Parcelles at a very reasonable £58. Good buzz in the bar itself and outside too as it is part of a little cluster of bars and restaurants on an unprepossessing stretch of the Queens Road. Will definitely head back as soon as we get a chance.
 
Living in Blackheath I look towards Peckham (only 2 miles away) with much jealousy - there is such a more vibrant atmosphere over there compared where we live. Blackheath and Greenwich really are somewhat underwhelming in comparison. Once I'm out of my quarantine we'll be heading over that way.
 
Living in Blackheath I look towards Peckham (only 2 miles away) with much jealousy - there is such a more vibrant atmosphere over there compared where we live. Blackheath and Greenwich really are somewhat underwhelming in comparison. Once I'm out of my quarantine we'll be heading over that way.
I think vibrant is the right word, although I'm not sure how good most of the restaurants are. We tried a few restaurants in Peckham about 3 or 4 years ago and came away largely disappointed by Artusi, Peckham Bazaar and the Coal Rooms. Evenings out together are fairly precious for us with two young children and we came away feeling that the ambition of these places was not matched by the execution although I accept that our fellow diners seemed to enjoy them much more than us. Recent experiences at Sparrow in Lewisham, L'Occulto in Brockley and now Peckham Cellars have been of a really high standard so probably time to revisit.
 
Living in Blackheath I look towards Peckham (only 2 miles away) with much jealousy - there is such a more vibrant atmosphere over there compared where we live. Blackheath and Greenwich really are somewhat underwhelming in comparison. Once I'm out of my quarantine we'll be heading over that way.
Agreed. It is sad that there is such a dearth of anywhere half decent in Greenwich and blackheath. Luckily we have Marcella in Deptford but that’s it :(
 
excellent experience last night at Peckham Cellars (full disclosure - the chef is the son of a friend of ours). It's a wine bar serving the dreaded "small plates", but actually this works really well I think because all the staff there so clearly know what they're doing. Started by 3 partners, Ben (ex-Bancroft) handles a lot of the wine, Luke, who has managed some large restaurants, and Helen, who we didn't get much chance to talk to but I understand is more focussed on the food side. This being Peckham, the wine list leans natural (not something I would have imagined saying 20 years ago!) but clearly carefully selected with a keen eye/palate. The food was really tip top, portion size well judged, good quality ingredients. We drank a delicious bottle of Paillard Parcelles at a very reasonable £58. Good buzz in the bar itself and outside too as it is part of a little cluster of bars and restaurants on an unprepossessing stretch of the Queens Road. Will definitely head back as soon as we get a chance.
One of my best friends owns the building and had His first stab at restauranteuring For a couple of years before leasing it to the PC team. Not been there since PC took over myself but he was impressed with their menu.
 
Marcella in Deptford is lovely I have to say - Occulto I loved (although driving past a few weeks ago I'm not sure its still there!!).

Sorry to be vulgar, but given the amount of money in Blackheath and environs then the restaurants should be much better. They are shockingly bad.....
 
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given the amount of money in Blackheath and environs then the restaurants should be much better. They are shockingly bad.....

It's a phenomenon in North London too - Hampstead and Highgate are rubbish apart from some of the pubs. Much better in Hackney where I live! I think it's similar in other areas of that type like Dulwich and Wimbledon isn't it? It can't just be rents as Islington and Notting Hill have good places to eat (obviously).
 
“ It can't just be rents as Islington and Notting Hill have good places to eat (obviously).”

Nick I can’t speak for Notting Hill apart of course for the Ledbury but I am struggling to think of any place in Islington that comes close to Noize or La Trompette. Had a disappointing experience at Fredericks in July. Islington is full of chain restaurants specialising in mediocre fare.
 
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“ It can't just be rents as Islington and Notting Hill have good places to eat (obviously).”

Nick I can’t speak for Notting Hill apart of course for the Ledbury but I am struggling to think of any place in Islington that comes close to Noize or La Trompette. Had a disappointing experience at Fredericks in July. Islington is full of chain restaurants specialising in mediocre fare.

It's still better than the areas I (and others) maligned though, isn't it? Trullo, Black Axe Mangal, Yipin and Prawn on the Lawn are all better than anything in those areas (so far as I know) and there are others I haven't tried such as 12:51 and Oldroyd. Plus lots of excellent pubs, and you might say that Farang and Westerns Laundry are in Islington too. Agree the area doesn't have anywhere worth a * though.
 
I'm not even talking about posh places - Noize and all those kind of places you visit once in a while - I;m talking about places you;d be happy to pop in for a couple of plates and a glass of wine on the way home from work (remember those days???!!).

@Nick Amis - yes, love Trullo - great place. One of my most lovely long lunches.....

For me there is a "restaurant" where you need to give 2 hours of your time (min) or restaurants where you can turn up, have a drink, some nibbles and leave within an hour...... gah! first world problems. I prefer the latter.....
 
It's still better than the areas I (and others) maligned though, isn't it? Trullo, Black Axe Mangal, Yipin and Prawn on the Lawn are all better than anything in those areas (so far as I know) and there are others I haven't tried such as 12:51 and Oldroyd. Plus lots of excellent pubs, and you might say that Farang and Westerns Laundry are in Islington too. Agree the area doesn't have anywhere worth a * though.

Funny you should mention those Nick because I was driving west along St-Paul’s road today with my daughter past Trullo, BAM and Prawn and we both agreed we should take the 15 minute walk down and try them... my Islington perspectives are pretty limited to no further North than the Sampler on Upper Street; from there down to Angel there is little to excite on the gastronomic front. Oldroyd I have visited thrice; it is not bad though the food is nothing really to shout about and it is desperately cramped; as for 1251 it was overpriced and disappointing, over £100 for two for a very average meal and mediocre bottle of wine.
 
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