Even Wandsworth locals would be forgiven for missing this new restaurant tucked away in the Ram Quarter development. However once word is out about its affordable tasting menus we're certain it will build momentum. The interiors are a little stark in the way that new builds often are, but the industrial aesthetic is softened with the addition of leafy corners and velvet upholstery. Equally the service is notably novice, although enthusiastic all the same.
Cocktails comprise some unconventional twists on the classics and make for a fun aperitif, while an extensive wine list comprises a small but interesting selection of labels available by the glass. No need for decision making here; London Stock serves exclusively a seven-course tasting menu based around seasonal ingredients.
A highlight for us came in the form of perfectly cooked veal sweetbreads in a yakitori glaze with crispy kale. While the chefs aim to showcase the best of British produce, hints of Asian flavours and culinary techniques are visible throughout, adding an element of surprise to each dish.
The best course of the evening was undoubtedly a perfectly cooked piece of halibut, balanced with an aromatic saffron beurre blanc, a sun-dried cherry tomato and lotus root crisp. Elsewhere the roasted cauliflower was a little too al dente for our liking and its accompanying beetroot and garlic purée lacked punch, but we enjoyed a tender, paprika-seasoned octopus paired with a soft Jerusalem artichoke fondant and nutty pearl barley.
From the sweet dishes, a Yorkshire rhubarb sorbet proved a delight, particularly when accompanied with the crunch of a pumpkin seed and hazelnut crumb, however we found the strong savoury flavours of a malt and miso soufflé a little too rich after such a delicate and refreshing precursor.
For a restaurant that’s striving to make fine dining more accessible, we salute the effort on display here. Give it a few months to iron out the creases and we're sure south Londoners will be flocking.