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Minnow

Restaurants, Contemporary European Clapham
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

An atmospheric neighbourhood restaurant in Clapham Old Town.

In London’s big, smelly pond swims this sweet little fish. The owners – who run the front of house – met at uni. On my visit, both were working the room with effortless hospitality, like they’d been doing this their whole lives (he sort of has, growing up in a smart hotel; later working at the likes of Caravan and Hawksmoor).

And that’s what I loved about this little neighbourhood joint. It reeks of romance. There’s a half-pergola of sorts, its upper beam disappearing into the wall, with gorgeous silk roses winding their way up it. There’s classy period panelling on the walls, painted in pale, tasteful tones. Low-level lighting. Loudish jazz. Window boxes in the teeny walled courtyard. A cosy ‘nook’ downstairs, where there’s also a buzzy counter. It’s got special occasion vibes wherever you look.

The meal started brilliantly, with moreish, salty shards of brittle chicken skin and chewy, delicately garlicky whelks (it takes some balls to put whelks on a menu: they’re the snail’s aggressive coastal cousin, the one you’ll give all your lunch money to). Equally memorable was the parting shot: a charred, caramelised piece of watermelon with a beautifully bittersweet Campari sorbet.

But in between, the cooking was fine, rather than fabulous. A dish of beef shin, black mooli and smoked pork skin turned out to be a gastropubby plate of slow-cooked beef with mash, the pickled Japanese radish and piece of puffed-up pig more of a garnish. Octopus with sour green mango was more interesting, arriving as it did on a paste spiked with mustard seeds and curry leaves, but, the tentacle, which should have been the star, was bland.

So if it’s technical culinary brilliance you’re after, head a few doors down to Counter Culture or The Dairy. But Minnow’s ambience will still steal plenty of hearts.

Details

Address: 21 The Pavement
Clapham Common
London
SW4 OHY
Transport: Tube: Clapham Common
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £90.
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5 out of 5 stars

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Had a lovely mid week meal with my significant other. Duck Breast with pistachio puree to start was a perfect entree to the Shin Beef which I thought was a real triumph.

Minnow is a really pretty little spot with great decor and lighting which provides, in my view, a different dining experience to the other places listed in the Time Out review. Personally I found the food high quality and perfectly prepared and presented. Three courses with cocktails and a bottle of good wine for £100 is also hard to come by elsewhere.


Heartily recommended.


Minnow is ironically a big fish in a small Clapham pond of restaurants. It can be quite hard to find a lovely restaurant in Clapham and not a chain so this place is a welcome addition in between old town and the common. If the gorgeous pink flowers on the outside don’t draw you in, the French influence from the tiles to the lighting decor will impress. It’s the perfect new neighbourhood brunch or dinner spot! The eggs benny hit the spot but one star off for presentation as it didn’t really come with anything on the side for the price.

I’ve got my eyes firmly on the small outside garden area for next time ⭐️


I don't usually write reviews but couldn't believe this only had 3 stars from Time Out! Such a brilliant neighbourhood restaurant in what can feel like a commercial area of London. The decor is beautiful - perfect for a date, meal with your ladies or visiting parents, and the food is outstanding! Not sure where the chef had trained but everything we ate was out of this world! Also any place that brings me a surprise pre starter snacking course is in my good books. We love the truffle leek and egg yolk starter, deep rich meaty beef shin main, soo many good veggie side dishes plus the richest chocolate dessert mmmm Of course the menu is seasonal so all of this might change when you go. 


Anyone within the Clapham area this is a restaurant worth making your go-to local! 


Top tip: make sure to order a cocktail or two first as well and wait for the surprising backstories...

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Living in Clapham, there is no problem finding a place to eat but, finding a really great place is the struggle, I when it was about 3 weeks old. and wow I loved it! We were seated outside in a small "fairy light" garden, Very romantic. The food is small plates of amazing Tapas type combinations. It is a bit pricey. for 2 of us with 2 glasses of wine each was about £40 each, but totally worth it. A really great date night place! 


We have had dinner at Minnow a few times since it opened and have been wowed by the food each time. Dining upstairs and downstairs are two very different experiences -- upstairs is pretty and light, and downstairs is more moody and intimate (when dining downstairs we opted to sit at the counter overlooking the kitchen - it was such a treat to watch the food being prepared, and to have the dishes explained by the head chef). The lamb was perfectly cooked, the plaice was delicate and lemony, and the beef shin with black mooli was deliciously rich, flavourful, and well balanced. The vegetables were equally delicious (my favourites being the cauliflower and the beets), and the amuse bouche was a wonderful treat. I can't recommend this little gem enough!


I had a great dinner with family last Saturday. It came highly recommended by friends who live in the area, and we could see why. Delicious food, beautiful decor, and friendly neighbourhood vibe. The owners were really charming and really looked after us. I'd especially recommend the lamb - and don't miss out on a cocktail! Top notch.


I had an amazing meal at Minnow with my sister for her birthday. Infact so good that I've been back twice since. The food is delicious, well presented and well priced. Great value for money in the perfect neighbourhood setting of Clapham Old Town. It's romantic, querky and a generally fun place to dine with friends, family or loved ones. The owners are super friendly and have paid attention to detail with things which heighten the experience; the cocktails all have stories to their names and there is fun art in the toilets.

I recommend having the duck or the plaice with caper butter cooked on the robata (charcoal grill) The bread is also incredible and the cauliflower side! Highly recommended.

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