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11 December 2016
I really am blessed for choice near where I live, and this is just one of the restaurants I attend quite regularly. Best described as excellently cooked homely French cuisine, I think, and definitely one to visit if you haven't had the chance to do so!
We started with the mixed leaf salad, with such fresh ingredients, which was drizzled with a warming mustard dressing. That was the start of things to come.
My main was Mulard duck breast, truffled celeriac, red cabbage & artichoke crisps and my friend had Sea bream, leeks, ratte potato, chanterelles & vin jaune.
If I could I would just stop there, that alone should be enough to tell you of the caliber of food they serve here. Duck so pink and tasty, the fat rendered perfectly. Celeriac puree was smooth and tasty and the red cabbage fresh, adding a nice contrast to the rest of the dish.
I am assured the sea bream was amazing, but you already knew that didn't you...
As for the wine, oh the wine... So good I actually bought a bottle of it to take home! A Domaine Plageoles
I'd come here every day if I could. If I wasn't at one of the other restaurants that are nearby...
01 October 2015
I live round the corner from Soif so I'm kicking myself that I haven't tried the restaurant sooner! I really loved our evening there.The staff are warm and friendly and it's a gorgeous space, really cosy and shabby chic. The menu is simple and delicious. Nothing is overly fussy, it's just really good French inspired food done perfectly. It's not often I really struggle to decide what to order but I really did here - everything just sounds so tasty. Starter was sardines with a aioli, main was onglet (slightly undercooked but not too much of an issue) and dessert a spectacular little chocolate cake with creme fraiche and raspberries. It's not cheap but worth every penny. We'll definitely be returning.
29 September 2015
Having been several times and always raved about Soif, last night was a major disappointment. We arrived on time, were given water and the waitress from the bar disappeared before we could ask for anything else.
we beckoned her over for drinks and again she took off before we could ask for some accompanying nibbles.
We then waited whilst two others tables entered, were seated and their orders for food and drink were taken.
Felt like we had a 'do not disturb' on our table as every waiter/waitress spent the evening with eyes on the floor rather than doing their job.
Food was good, not brilliant, but good. Services however, utterly useless. A real shame as good service can make a good outing great, and it was always a place I took out of town friends to illustrate that SW11 had grown up a bit. Will swerve Soif for a while, as it is no longer my go to spot on that little patch of Battersea Rise.
The Dairy, Trinity, Manor and Bistro Union etc. provide a more consistent quality.
GBP140.00 for two with two 500ml carafe's of wine.
09 December 2014
I'd been to Terroir previously and wasn't a massive fan of the small sharing plates and also generally not a fan of natural wines, but nevertheless the food was good enough there to warrant a trip to the sister restaurant, Soif. Also, Monday is BYO so we came armed with wine as not to risk the lottery that is picking a good natural wine.
We were a bit late, but the staff were friendly and welcoming all the same. the atmosphere was good, nice lighting, informal and comfortable, with a barrel covered in wine bottles next to us - very atmospheric. All the staff had French accents (and I believe they were all French or else were genuinely doing a very good job of pretending to be so) coupled with trendy beards and busily patterned shirts worthy of Hackney. So far so good on the quirky front.
We started with a selection of charcuterie, olives and almonds - all of which were excellent (the charcuterie was VERY good indeed - wafer thin and very tasty) and the quantities were generous.
For the main, we had the onglet & chips and the beef cheek. Both were excellent in different ways - the onglet was brimming with flavour while the cheeks were exceptionally tender. Onglet came with chips, the cheeks with mash, some carrots and onions. it might have been nice to have a plate of veg with that, but there wasn't the option on the menu.
Desert was excellent - the chesnut cake.
considering it wasn't at capacity, it might have been nice to sit on a slightly bigger table (there were four of us), but that is only a minor comment. The level of noise was good so you could talk without straingin your voice, and felt that those on the next table couldn't hear you. The tables were a healthy distance apart - a balance between bustling and buzzy and not claustrophobic.
All in all a good Monday night - although a little pricey considering we didn't have wine.
01 January 0001
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