Galapagos Bistro-Café

Restaurants, Mediterranean Clapham Junction
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Please note this venue has closed. Time Out Eating & Drinking editors, Oct 2016.

Homely charm and attentive service are the order of the day at this small Battersea eaterie. Basic furnishings include cream walls, plaid-upholstered benches and trimmings that range from a cubby-hole filled with a curious assortment of bric-a-brac (Glenmorangie ‘golf gift set’, gaudy wooden parrots, pan pipes) to a wall decorated entirely with display packets of breakfast cereals, jars of conserve and teas.

What makes the atmosphere distinctive, though, are nice touches such as pre-chilled glasses and an endearingly plain-spoken host who wishes punters ‘buen provecho’ in between cheeky admonishments like ‘These olives have stones in: don’t break your teeth and blame me.’ A curious menu mixes food from Britain, Indonesia, Morocco and Italy, with dishes including grilled halloumi in a fragrant, freshly blitzed green tomatillo sauce, and a rich spinach tagliatelle.

However, the relaxed, down-to-earth vibe and a £5-£7 breakfast menu of croissants, omelettes and fry-ups suggest Galapagos is at its best as somewhere to start the day.



Venue name: Galapagos Bistro-Café
Address: 169 Battersea High Street
SW11 3JS
Opening hours: Lunch served 9.30am-4pm, dinner served 6.30-9pm Tue-Sat
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction
Price: Main courses £7.50-£9.95. Set lunch (noon-4pm) £11.95 2 courses, £14.95 3 courses. Set dinner (6.30-9pm) £13.95 2 courses, £16.95 3 courses
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