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Pretty little Minnow is the kind of relaxed neighbourhood joint that suits the Clapham crowd perfectly, with its all-day offer running from breakfast to dinner, plus weekend brunch too. Decorated with pistachio walls and festooned with indoor greenery, there’s a light conservatory feel to the ground floor, while the basement has a darker, cosier vibe. It’s owned by Chris Frichot and Saba Tsegaye, with former head chef of Social Wine & Tapas Jake Boyce in the kitchen. His modern European menu showcases confident flavour combinations, with a few eclectic twists. Soft rings of squid make a light starter lifted by lemongrass, lime and ginger; while perfectly cooked pork loin is served with a robust purée of coffee and artichokes (far more delicious than it sounds) with a fruity hit of plums. Tipples include decent pay-as-you-drink bottles of wine, craft beers and clever Clapham-themed cocktails such as the elegant, saké-based Natsume. Charming service proves that Minnow may be small, but it has a big heart.