Of all the ‘destination’ diners in the locality, Abbeville Kitchen is the least known. That’s a pity, because the Med-leaning cooking is terrific, but the venue suffers from an ailment common to restaurants in mainland Spain (where such things don’t matter): unexceptional design. There’s a mismatch of styles, with junk-shop dark-wood chairs and a hodge-podge of tables against a backdrop of smart, coral-hued weave, papered on to the walls. It’s as if someone got halfway through, then changed tack. Look past these shortcomings, though, to the open kitchen, which sends out generously portioned dishes with thrilling, bold flavours. On our visit, meaty yet tender pieces of cuttlefish sat over a full-flavoured, cumin-studded tomato and parsley sauce, with a blob of garlicky aïoli for good measure. No less satisfying was a dish of enormous hunks of salt beef on a mound of rustic green lentils, with a zingy salsa verde and pieces of sharp-and-sweet mustard fruits (think glacé cherries and candied orange pieces with a biting mustard end-note). A vegetarian choice was equally accomplished, featuring soft strips of smoked aubergine served with roasted red peppers, chickpeas, fresh goat’s cheese and a dollop of tangy romesco (red pepper and nut sauce). The passionate staff were so sweet and eager, we wanted to put them in our pockets to take home.
|Venue name:||May The Fifteenth||Contact:|
47 Abbeville Rd
|Opening hours:||Breakfast served 9.30-11.30am Sat, Sun. Lunch served noon-3pm Thur-Sat; 1-3.30pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Clapham South|
|Price:||Main courses £11-£17.Meal for two with wine and service: around £80|
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My husband's 70th birthday for 30 people. at the restaurant was a huge success, with everyone commenting on the lovely food and charming service. The menu covered a variety of different diets without resorting to separate menus, and the canapes on lettuce and chicory leaves were particularly popular.Many thanks to all the staff for a ,e,orable evening.
The food at May the Fifteenth cannot be bettered in Abbeville Road, or indeed Clapham. My family have lived in the area for over 20 years and we honestly think of this place as our second (and infinitely superior) kitchen.
Its incredible having a daily changing menu, produce you know is fresh and well sourced and portions that are generous and unbelievably tasty. Ever since it opened as Abbeville Kitchen, the quality of food and service has remained high, and for what they are serving, very reasonable. Now with a brighter interior, a new name, but still the same staff and most importantly the same brilliant chefs, I see this local restuarant going from strength to stregth!
Very much recommend ANY of the sharing dishes, as they are spectacular, ( roast rabbit marinated in dijon mustard with chips and aioli!) the house white is lovely and for those inclined, the French Gimlet cocktail is delicious! They also did the catering for my 25th birthday (over 30 people) and the food was equally mouth watering. Go go go or get them to come to you!
This is an update on my previous review. I have been back a couple of times since and I think now I get what is so special about this place.
On my previous visit I discovered Lo Sfuso di Collina on the wine menu and I was hoping from the name it would be the sort of wine you could find in a village in Italy, when hosted by someone producing wine. It was exactly that. Then last night, as an aperitif wine I found something called Il Litrozzo on the menu. Again the name raised my hopes that it would be a wine like in an osteria. Well, it went beyond that - it tasted like the wine my grandad used to make for the familly: rough, cloudy, but unbeatable if you value authenticity over sophistication.
With this in mind, going over what I have eaten at Abbeville Kitchen, particularly the enormous lamb with tabouleh dish, this is a place that can transport you, without fuss, to the land of lost flavours. What they are doing is giving an "authentic" experience by mapping individual local flavours to London today and recreating the experience the authenticity rather than the detail.
PS I told the staff what I thought of the Litrozzo and they gave me a bottle to take home when I left!
What I really like about this place, is that the menu is different every day. Recently I went here and had the usual very attentive service and a fantastic meal. I started with a glass of a portuguese wine and the empanadas filled with chorizo and fish which came with a delicious pico de gallo salsa. For mains, I got the green salad which was simple but deliciously dressed and a generous portion to accompany my veal and polenta (and second glass of wine). For dessert, I got the generous scoop vanilla ice cream doused in Pedro Ximinez brandy. Fantastic!
AMAZING food! What a treat to find this hidden gem tucked away in an otherwise rather snooty Abbeville village. A lively, relaxed restaurant with simple decor and fantastic service by it's many smiley waiters. The bar man who served us had impeccable knowledge on wine and spirits and recommended the perfect wine to accompany our delicious meal. Cannot compliment this place enough. The chef really knows his stuff and each dish that reached our table was a pure treat. It certainly deserves Best Local Restaurant. Get yourself down there as it's not going to remain South London's secret for long.
Superb food but woeful service. Two items we ordered (olives and potatoes) failed to arrive, despite reminders to the waiting staff who were very pleasant, but I'd rather a miserable waiter who brings the food I've ordered rather than a pleasant one who doesn't.
Good to see TO venture south for a change and even better to see this place get such a well deserved good review. Went on Friday and everything from the Damson Prosecco thru Deep fried Pigs head, Goats curd & Beetroot and Chorizo/fish Empanadas and on to the Croissant Bread & Butter pudding was excellent. Simple but well thought out cooking done exceptionally well, if this place was in the West End it would be packed out all day every day & will be here too I hope. Great service too. Thanks!!
I had a wonderful evening here and I can recommend to anyone. I arrived around 8pm and the place was already busy, I was lucky to get a table near the bar. They offered a large selection of starters so it was like in a tapas bar. I had the Potted Shrimp, the Charcuterie Selection and the Duck harts. The food was delicious and tasty. Service was very friendly and I managed to have a quick chat with the barman, though he was very busy too! The wine selection was great too I had the house red wine which was surprisingly good. I couldn't eat any dessert, I was full but I spent a wonderful time there.