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|Address:||27 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HG|
|Tel:||020 7223 1112|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £19.50||Champagne: £51.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-3pm (Sun -4pm) 6-10.30pm|
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Soif will definitely quench your thirst, especially if your thirst is for a cheeky little wine and some charcuterie. The menu is indeed fairly meat heavy with lots of sausage chalked up on the boards (I'd recommend the saltily yummy saucisson seche as a little amuse bouche) but I accidentally had a largely meat-free meal by starting with the globe artichoke (beautifully presented whole on a wooden board, fairly juicy big leaves, nice little sauce on the side, could have been a touch hotter) followed by a roast cod on a bed of bacon and pea bits (whose flavours worked brilliantly together). My friend went the whole hog (sorry! couldn't resist it) with a huge chunk of pork terrine for a starter and a pork chop main. Although the menu itself is rather brief with only 6 or so options for each course, there's enough on there to excite and your focus should probably be on the extensive wine list anyway. We quaffed white burgundy which was more-ish enough for us to order a glass, then a carafe and then a second carafe: deliciously drinkable but it came as a bit of a shock when the bill came and we'd drunk about £60 worth of it! So choose your wine carefully, or rein in your consumption, if you don't want to spend half your bill on booze. The atmosphere is laid back, local charm, so it's a shame and a surprise it wasn't busier, although this worked to our advantage on 2 fronts. Firstly, they welcomed the dog, which they don't do if it's packed. Fair enough. Secondly, our waitress struggled with understanding any orders whether in English or in French and we resorted to pointing to the menu. As she was very pleasant and smiley this provided us with amusement rather than irritation but on a busy night customer patience might be lower. Total bill (with coffees too) came in at a punchy £66 each which is a bit more than I expected to spend on a quiet, mid-week supper, but as this was largely due to the wine I can't really complain. All in all a great addition to the area.