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Thanks to a partnership with leading wine importer, Les Caves de Pyrène, the Terroirs group has pioneered the natural wine movement in London. Soif, the third of its four venues (so far), has the perfectly pitched, quirkily cool ambience of a British take on the ideal Parisian bistro. Design may seem casual, yet not a poster, a blackboard or napkin is out of place. Implausibly delicate C&S glassware provides the perfect vehicle for the terrific collection of intriguing wines, a dozen or so served by the glass. Most hail from France and southern Europe, but there’s an honourable look-in from the New World. Vintage ciders and beers featuring the cult Kernel brewery, digestifs and intriguing stickies (tomato liqueur, anyone?) round out the list. Food is well sourced, deftly cooked in an open-view kitchen and served in generous measure: velvety duck rillettes with cracking cornichons was a starter sufficient for two; copiously dressed tomato salad dotted with goat’s cheese and excellent pickled walnuts came as a huge plateful; and a dish of smoky and tender pork loin with creamy champ and perky girolles left few gaps to fill. Also gratifying was a dense, dark and delightfully uncloying chocolate mousse. With the easy option of sipping and nibbling in the bar area, you don’t need much excuse to drop by, though it’s wise to book for the rear dining room.

Venue name: Soif
Address: 27 Battersea Rise
SW11 1HG
Opening hours: Open noon-10.30pm daily. Lunch served noon-3pm Tue-Sat. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Sat
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction rail
Price: Main courses £15-£18. Set lunch £10 1 course (incl glass of wine and coffee). House wine £19 bottle, £4.50 glass. Meal for two with wine and service: around £90.
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Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Emma S

Clapham Junction has a few well heeled spots, and this is one of them. A good (predominantly French for obvious reasons) wine list, nice cheese and a good atmosphere. Everyone has always been very friendly when I've visited and the menu looks interesting (although I haven't eaten a full meal there). 

p romney

ate here on saturday night, and had a fantastic evening. food was great, wine was fab, atmosphere was lovely, and the service was fantastic -attentive and lots of smiles.. so for all the complaints below I think they must have taken it on board.


Don't come to this restaurant. Overpriced. Bland food. Unintelligible staff. The wine that we had was practically undrinkable. All this for £100.


Ate here last night for the second time. Food was really outstanding both times. Service: atrocious. Needed to beg/borrow/steal fresh cutlery between courses, our waiter helped himself to half a glass of our nice red wine, plates kept going to the wrong person at the table, the list goes on. Really a shame since the food was delish.

John Kilroy

Over rated and over priced. Pushy service, food looked like it was dropped from a height onto my plate. tables to small to enjoy meal. Wine list impressive but didnt have first 2 choices and took ages to find third option.


I went to Soif on 30th Ddecember and had a fantastic time. It is a great restaurant which was buzzing with other tables of happy people! The menu was full of choice with plenty of plates which you wouldn't have at home. I had the special for my main which was Rabbit and it was cooked perfectly and tasted fantastic. Homemade black pudding which was delicious and great to have as not many restaurants would actually make that. The wine list was also brilliant, lots of choice and if you aren't sure the staff were very knowledgable about what to have with what dish. In fact the staff were very helpful throughout the evening, being attentive, sharp and happy. I cannot wait to return and see what other options there are on the menu!