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Open early for English breakfasts, the bright, jazzy cantina at Hideaway’s live music lounge is a useful hangout for Streathamites. A magic upright piano (no pianist required) tinkles in the
background, while a back catalogue of guest artistes’ gigs is shown on screens in high-quality sound. To drink, there are French and Italian wines from merchants Chix & Buck, whose franchised
wine bar (open from noon) boasts an Enomatic dispense system offering over a dozen selections by the glass. Bottled beers and cocktails are also particularly popular at weekends. A meal deal at
just under £20 buys two courses and a half-bottle of wine: choose from homemade soups, tricolore salad, salmon and haddock fishcakes, Spanish-style chicken, butternut squash risotto or jerk
chicken, plus a roster of puds. Otherwise, pancakes, croques and deli platters should suffice.
The restaurant we chose first, one we had in fact had our eye on for a looong time, was ‘The Hideaway Jazz Cafe’. Behind it, there lies a jazz bar, but right on the street there is a cafe that serves from early in the morning to late into the night. They’d laid on quite a gourmet sounding menu, and eyes wide with excitement, we picked the: ‘Confit Pork Shoulder with Smoked Eel and Poached Quail Egg Hollandaise’..
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