Thursday, 9 June 2016

Food Review: Metro, Clapham Common, London

So last night, JB and I had our regular date night. We went and watched the new romance movie, Me Before You, which was excellent and made me blubber like a baby.  But then we headed on over to one of our favourite secret places in London, Metro, which is situated almost directly opposite Clapham Common Tube station.



I have now been to Metro approximately 5 times, and each an every time has been an absolute pleasure. The first time I went there was around 3 years ago on one of my very first dates with JB. Man did he do good on that date! Since then we have been back numerous times, and it was even our restaurant of choice to introduce our parents for the first time. So we absolutely love it – you get the picture!

 

From the outside you could never guess how magical the gardens are at the rear of the restaurant. Metro’s gardens are probably Clapham's best kept secret. Those in the know spend many balmy summer evenings under the twinkling lights. They also have candles flickering throughout the entire restaurant, original church pews and a wonderful outside dining area under a silk tent. It’s shabby chic interior makes you feel immediately at home.

Looking in from the garden. It was too dark to photograph the garden - sorry!
On top of that the staff are always friendly, they have great entertainment (last night was a fab male singer on the guitar), and the value for money is incredible as the food is absolutely divine!

Their food is also delicious, fresh, seasonal produce which is home cooked to perfection. They have the opportunity for an al la carte menu, or a set menu of 2 courses with a large glass of wine for £20. (Bargain!) As we are trying to save for a house, JB and I decided to be a little more sensible than usual and go for the set menu. On offer was;

Starters

 Homemade Chicjen Liver Parfait
With croutons and tomato chutney

Warm Honeyed Goat’s Cheese
On mixed leaves with balsamic sauce (v)

Salt ‘n’ Pepper Squid
On mixed leaves with sweet chilli dressing

Mains

Hand Rolled Ricotta Gnocchi
With sage butter and sweet potato crisp

The best Chicken Caesar Salad you have ever tasted!
(That is actually what it said on the menu!)

Homemade Giant Salmon Fishcake
On Chunky Chips


My Chicken Caesar
 
The Hand rolled Ricotta Gnocchi - So good!!

 
How delicious are those options? Seriously I could have tried each an every one of these. In the end, I chose the squid and Caesar salad, and JB had the squid and gnocchi. In my haste to cram the delicious starter into my mouth I forgot to photograph it. Sorry! But let me tell you it was soft, well cooked, and bloomin delicious. JB and I even stopped talking to focus on the amazing flavours of the dish. It was gone in a flash. Likewise my main was lovely. Very nicely cooked chicken, fresh lettuce, lovely homemade croutons and great dressing. The only tiny thing I will mention is that definitely do ask for your dressing on the side! The dressing they gave me was a huge amount and if I hadn’t asked for it on the side - it may have drenched my salad. I was also lucky that Josh let me steal some of his which was delicious. I did just managed to get two very crappy photos of our mains before it was engulfed - and the photos really do not do the food we ate justice!

With our meals we had some house white wine, which was also very fresh, crisp and delicious. It was of the sweet variety, which suits me fine. However for those of you who like a wine that's more dry, you may need to ask for alternatives.

So how many tB stars would I rate this place.... quite obviously I would give it 5/5!

I do really recommend this place for a quiet drink, a meal with your family, or even a romantic night for two. Metro really has it all, and its hidden in Clapham waiting for you.

Let me know if you've been to Metro and if you love it as much as me! Or tell me places that I should go next - I'd love to hear your suggestions!

Much Love,
Alissa Marie
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