Top ten places to eat?

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Top ten places to eat?

Postby Annabel (admin) » Fri May 09, 2014 10:17 pm

Hi Everyone
I want to pull together a list of the top ten "secret" places to eat in Nappy Valley.

It can be Tooting, Earlsfield, Clapham, Balham, Battersea, Putney...I really don't mind but the food has to be good. :D

Really good.

The (informal) rules...

Has to be independent, no chains! :D
Low(ish) profile so far or even new. E.g Chez Bruce wouldn't be on the list, not because they're not amazing, they are, but everyone KNOWS they are amazing.

My ideas so far...but these are only ideas and I want yours!

Meze in Tooting
Mama Lan on Clapham Pavement
Thai Grocer in Earlsfield
Gastronhome in Balham
Mirch Masala in Tooting
Meat and Shake Tooting
Bens Canteen St Johns Hill
Hudsons Putney

Would love your thoughts!

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Postby Bewler » Fri May 09, 2014 10:45 pm

Roxy steak cafe in Earlsfield? As good as gaucho

Hate to say it but Bens Canteen is opening where willy gun used to be so technically it is a chain and you've broken your own rule ! ;-)
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Postby Honeybee » Fri May 09, 2014 10:51 pm

There's also a Meza in Tooting Broadway (as well as Tooting Bec).. If there are only two does it count as a chain though? I love that place.

Cah Chi in Earlsfield is pretty good too, although, again, I think they have a sister restaurant somewhere else.
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Postby Annabel (admin) » Fri May 09, 2014 10:53 pm

Hate to say it but Bens Canteen is opening where willy gun used to be so technically it is a chain and you've broken your own rule !
although, again, I think they have a sister restaurant somewhere else.
hahahaha

Ok, so what I should have written was no national cookie-cutter chains :-)

Cafe Nero: no (although I love their coffee!)

Ben's Canteen: yes (if you all agree with me!).

Thanks guys!

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Postby MamaH » Fri May 09, 2014 11:31 pm

L'Antipasto on Battersea Park Road. Not sure it's a hidden gem, as such, because it's pretty busy, but it has really reliable food, with a great specials board I suspect is actually made up from whatever they have got fresh that day and which has never been the same twice that I've been there, and it is half price four days out of seven. It's not super child friendly, but it's not anti kids either. Every now and again we try somewhere else, but then we always go back here again.
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Postby multi-multitasker » Sat May 10, 2014 12:04 am

Love The Dairy on Clapham Pavement exceptional seasonal food done incredibly well - the tasting menu is exceptional value. Chicken shop in tooting is another great place although there is another in kentish town although still independently owned. Honest in brixton has the best burger in London and they use ginger pig meat! Poulet rogue in balham is good but if you wanted chicken I would go to chicken shop instead. Look forward to seeing other suggestions :)
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Postby Pop » Sat May 10, 2014 7:07 am

Bucci in Balham
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Postby Geegee007 » Sat May 10, 2014 7:45 am

Agree with Gastronhome in Balham - amazing food!
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Postby mmb » Sat May 10, 2014 7:51 am

Ristorante Ichnusa on Lavender Hill, authentic Sardinian food
Lagu, Lavender Hill as well, japanese.
Il Girasole, italian on Garratt Lane
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Postby Annabel (admin) » Sat May 10, 2014 8:07 am

Ok so now the list from everyone is...

Meze in Tooting
https://www.facebook.com/mezatootingbec

Mama Lan on Clapham Pavement
http://mamalan.co.uk/find-us/clapham/

Thai Grocer in Earlsfield
http://www.thai-grocer.com/

Hudsons Putney
http://hudsonsrestaurant.co.uk/

Gastronhome in Balham
https://twitter.com/Gastronhome1

Mirch Masala in Tooting
http://www.mirchmasalarestaurant.co.uk/restaurant.htm

Meat and Shake Tooting
http://meatandshake.com/

Bens Canteen St Johns Hill
http://benscanteen.com/

And I just added Formosa in Tooting Broadway Market (thanks to @Tootinginsider for the spot, no website I can find).

Roxy steak cafe in Earlsfield
http://roxiesteak.co.uk/

Cah Chi in Earlsfield
http://www.cahchi.com/

L'Antipasto on Battersea Park Road
https://plus.google.com/111922150242028 ... l=uk&hl=en

The Dairy on Clapham Pavement
http://www.the-dairy.co.uk/

Chicken shop in Tooting
http://www.chickenshop.com/

Honest in Brixton
http://www.honestburgers.co.uk/

Poulet Rouge in Balham
http://www.pouletrouge.co.uk/

Bucci in Balham
http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/restaurants ... 62449.html

Il Girasole, on Garratt Lane
http://www.ilgirasole.co.uk/contactus.html

Ristorante Ichnusa Lavendar Hill
http://www.ilgirasole.co.uk/

Lagu, Lavender Hill (Japanese)
https://www.facebook.com/lagucafe
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Re: Top ten places to eat?

Postby Annabel (admin) » Sat May 10, 2014 8:09 am

And I can now, officially, announce the name of this thread has changed to *sound of trumpets*...

The Top Twenty Secret Not-Chains(ish) Secret(ish) Places to Eat in Wandsworth, Tooting, Clapham, Battersea, Putney, Earlsfield and surround areas.

It's catchy and straight to the point.

I wonder if the URL is available.

Any more ideas?
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Re: Top ten places to eat?

Postby mmb » Sat May 10, 2014 8:33 am

Hi Annabel here is the link for Ichnusa:
http://www.ristorante-ichnusa.co.uk/
thanks for this thread it gives very nice ideas!
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Postby beanzmeanz » Sat May 10, 2014 8:34 am

Chez Vous - family run Lebanese restaurant in Tooting (and BYO)... food just as good as Meza but more relaxed for dining as the table is yours for the whole evening! No website but you can find them on Facebook
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Re: Top ten places to eat?

Postby Audrey » Sat May 10, 2014 8:35 am

Ciullo's - now Ciullosteria Sapori Italiani on Balham High Rd
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Re: Top ten places to eat?

Postby KatherineHepburn » Sat May 10, 2014 9:10 am

Número Uno on Northcote, been there a lifetime but the best Italian food for miles.
Tota on Tooting High Road, yum food, excellent service.

This list could grow and grow..... :D
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