TWID – CLOSED

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An opera-themed restaurant serving small plates.

Please note, TWID has now closed. Time Out Food editors, November 2018.  

Opera-themed restaurant TWID is a picture of old-school opulence. Everywhere you look there are velvet swags and gilt flourishes. Squint and you can imagine it’s the ’80s and that’s Andrew Lloyd Webber in the next booth, taking his latest leading lady for a slap-up dinner. But TWID's nightly opera performances are more than enough to blow any lame retro cobwebs away. The night I visited, a seriously talented soprano was making the restaurant ring to the sounds of everything from to Rossini to jazz standards – even the odd Disney song. Like its star performer, TWID works best when it blends old and new. Generous ‘small plates’ of cod and roasted duck had a French-accented allure that was heightened by their delicately flavoured accompaniments of Jerusalem artichoke and pickled cauliflower. And the hefty plateful of plump, tender scallops was worth starting a fork-fight over, especially with the unlikely but delicious addition of fresh raspberries.

TWID's modish collection of vegan and raw food dishes felt a little less assured. The kimchi was the star of the show, resplendent in two dainty, cabbage-wrapped towers, and bursting with zesty flavour. By comparison, the slightly soggy stuffed mushroom had all the charisma of a diva caught in a rainstorm. And although tarty daubs of raspberry sauce made the raw chocolate cake look just as naughty as the divine salted caramel torte, its wholesome taste was a little frumpy.

Still, it feels ungenerous to carp on about the occasional culinary misfire when you’re enjoying the undeniable fun factor of eating in a candlelit, gilded booth, surrounded by red curtains like some kind of publicity-shy Regency noble. This golden gem is as romantic as they come.

By: Alice Saville

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Venue name: TWID – CLOSED
Address: 228 York Rd
London
SW11 3SJ
Transport: Tube: Clapham Junction
Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £100.
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This exceptional, gorgeous little secret serves up spectacular food amongst perfect settings, accompanied by a fantastic evening of Opera.  They simply cant do enough.


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tastemaker

Located in Battersea near Clapham Junction, this quirky restaurant is a surprising venue worth a visit.  Inside there is a mediterranean  feel mixed with Romeo and Juliet, with ornately decorated turrets.  There is seating available in booths over 2 floors, with plush red velvet cushions they are nice and cosy and it feels like you have your own private space.  Our booth had a perfect view over the stage where they have regular performances of opera.


When we arrived it was happy hour, which is between 6 and 8pm.  Cocktails are half price so my friends ordered in a Porn Star Martini, Sex On The Beach and a Sling.  They all look well presented and I loved the glasses that they brought them in, at around £4 you can't go wrong.  It's worth coming for happy hour and the entertainment alone.  We ordered some food to share, with the dishes being tapas style.  We chose, scallops, quinoa stuffed mushrooms, raw spiced falafel, aubergine with goats cheese, venison medallions, duck, ox cheek, lamb cutlets and cod.  All the dishes were of a good size and had plenty of flavour.  


To finish we chose a sharing platter of desserts, salted caramel and baklava.  The desserts were a bit of a let down compared to rest of the food, the flavour and consistency just wasn't as good as the mains.  Whilst devouring our food we were treated to an operatic performance,  I don't know much about opera but it was light hearted and enjoyable.  The singer made it fun and came up to various diners to sing straight to us.  I definitely recognised some of the classics including O Sole Mio.


The evening was very enjoyable, I'm sure I'll be back for more.

Staff Writer

One of the most unique venues in London, without a doubt. Very ornately decorated with lots of little booths and turrets to enjoy the amazing food and live opera that starts later in the evening. As I arrived early on, I couldn't stay for the full opera set but it was definitely something you have to experience first hand! The singer was very talented and animated, scaling the wall at one point to serenade a group of women dining in the corner, which was a highlight. But the food really does take centre stage because it is pretty phenomenal. The falafel salad with mango and pomegranate was exceptional, as was the venison with a shredded salad with gruyere. But the scallops were the best part of the whole meal, so so good, I was disappointed there was only one plate of them. The staff can't do enough for you either, with some great recommendations and great service. A unique night in a unique restaurant.

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