Entrée

2 Battersea Rise , London, SW11 1ED

SquareMeal Review of Entrée

Enter Entrée & you’ll discover it has plenty to offer: from an ambitious kitchen to a classy raised dining-room space, plus a smart ground-floor cocktail bar with jazz piano. The Franglais menu cleverly matches hake with chorizo, butterbeans & clams; meanwhile, modern interpretations of classics might include crab & scallop lasagne, & meat lovers will relish confit shoulder of lamb, here served with mutton chop, couscous & mint salad. With main courses around £20, this isn’t a cheap restaurant, & some might discern a little pretension about the place, but affluent Claphamites still come in numbers. Bookings are essential later in the week, when live music & cocktails jolly-up the bar crowd & the whole place lets its hair down.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

Clapham Junction Station 775m

Clapham South Tube Station 1km

Address

Address: 2 Battersea Rise , London SW11 1ED

Area: Battersea Clapham Junction

Opening times

Mon-Sat 6pm-12.30am Sat-Sun 12N-3.30pm

Nearby Landmarks

The Grand Theatre 477m

The Grace Theatre 1km

Details

Telephone: 020 7223 5147

Website:

Cuisine: French

Private Dining: 40

9.0

Food & Drink: 9.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 9.0

Value: 9.0

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Claire V. 25 May 2011

My parents are a tough crowd. I know this, I grew up with them. So, when they're impressed by a restaurant, someone's doing something right. Enter, Entrée, in Clapham Junction. Apparently it's been open for almost a year but having moved from the area I'd somehow missed it. The restaurant, at the top of Battersea Rise, is relatively small, with a cool little cocktail bar downstairs and a Manhattan Bistro feel to it. What really makes it stand out from other eating places in Clapham is head chef Omar Palazzolo's CV, which includes some top restaurants including Le Gavroche and Nobu. Food was, for the most part, excellent. We were pleasantly surprised by a carrot soup amuse bouche. The soup was good, although the presentation was a bit under par. Most of our group opted for the scallop and crab lasagne, with chive buerre blanc to start. This was one of the best starters I've had in a long time. Full of flavour, rich but not too heavy. My sister opted for grilled mackerel with fennel remoulade and orange glaze. This was well cooked and fresh tasting. A main course of hake, mange tout and courgettes with sauce vierge, was beautifully presented. Fish was perfectly cooked and the flavours nicely balanced. The cumbrian chicken breast, enoki mushrooms wrapped in bacon, Jersey Royals and corn purée was also excellent, with very tender chicken and the unusual enoki mushrooms adding a point of interest. Pudding was a mixed bag. I loved the sound of the rhubarb bakewell tart but unfortunately it was really disappointing. It was very stodgy and had a weird savoury taste to it, as though it had taken on cooking smells in the kitchen. The flavour of rhubarb didn't come through at all. Nil points. The sticky fig and ginger pudding was excellent though, very moreish. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. Service is top notch, the wine list was reasonable and the food (rhubarb bakewell aside) fantastic. Will definitely be going back.

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