Located a stones throw from Clapham South underground station, is one of the coolest bar and restaurants going in South West London – the other is their sister restaurant in Tooting. Relatively new to the brunch and cocktail scene, founded by David Layton, Brick & Liquor, does not just offer the usual offerings, this restaurant and bar goes all out offering you a unique, warm, friendly neighborhood vibe – dining and drinking experience.
Their cocktail menu alone is a careful concoction of flavours, offering totally unique tastes such as a caramel espresso martini. The cocktails tasted unreal. Nowadays its hard to find cocktails that are fun and tasty, yet sensibly priced – but here ticks those boxes.
So aside from the delicious drinks, I dined at Brick & Liquor and tried out their new dining experience ‘Dinner with Victor’. This involved a set menu of scrumptious dishes, cooked for us by the new Executive Chef Victor Zuriaga. Victor has over two decades of experience working with some of the UK’s largest hospitality brands, so I knew I was in for a treat eating food he was going to prepare. He knows what he’s cooking!
The menu included five dishes, all different in taste, texture, and richness. The dining experience is designed to be shared with someone – so I took my gal Emily. Trust me though, there was more than enough food.
The first dish included British fresh cockles, with smoked bacon & samphire, served with crusty bread. The bread alone was phenomenal, it was salty and fluffy and seasoned perfectly. The cockles were out of this world. I thought they would have been really salty but they weren’t at all, they were so delicate and fresh. I also don’t eat meat, so Victor made my own version with no bacon, and the cockles were sautéed in white wine – yum!
Next up was a pearl barely stew with braised duck. There was even garlic fried cauliflower on top and it smelt delicious! Again, because I don’t eat meat, Victor created a super indulgent macaroni cheese with added sundried tomatoes. There is always going to be someone who can’t eat certain dishes, and I loved how quickly this was put together, it tasted sensational.
The third dish of the evening was a roasted smoked mackerel salad, with beetroot, tea infused boiled egg and a creme fraiche dressing. Honestly, it was heaven in my mouth. The flavours worked so well together, and I was in love with the mackerel. It was not overly fishy, and the infused egg gave it a more unique taste. The portion was not huge, but just enough for the third dish in.
The fourth delightful dish was a gorgeous roasted stuffed beef tomato with a pepper coulis. The tomato was stuffed to the brim of rice and vegetables. It was a simple dish, but cooked to perfection, with the perfect amount of seasoning.
Victor clearly knows what he’s doing. Throughout the meal, he would come out and talk through the dish, telling us all about the ingredients and where they had been sourced from.
‘I love the British countryside and it’s food customs. More importantly, I love to explore the food history of a place – it’s evolvement and diversity. The little stories, anecdotes and adventures that I’ve come across, are always dependent on food and it’s availability – the British have always made the most of what they have available’ – Victor Zuriaga
And finally, the fifth dish was a mixture of courgettes, mushrooms, and tomatoes sautéed in mead and topped with a rich tomato sauce and pine nuts. By this point, I could barely eat anymore, which is bloody brill sign of an indulgent meal. The flavours in this final dish were heavenly, the mushrooms had soaked up the juices and exploded in my mouth. Pure bliss.
The dining experience took place on one long table, encouraging the interaction with people we didn’t know over some delightful cuisine. I loved that. The waiting staff were wonderful and very attentive, not once did we ever have to ask for anything.
The tasting menu was £20, and an extra £15 if you wanted accompanying wines. My jaw dropped at the price, the experience alone is worth more than that.
If you fancy dining here or taking a look at whats on, food or drink, take a look at their website here.
The Clapham branch is here: 47 Balham Hill, Clapham South, London, SW12 9DR
Open: Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 11pm, Fri: 3pm – 1am, Sat: 10am – 1am and Sun: 10am – 11pm
The Tooting brand is here: 82 Mitcham Road, Tooting Broadway, London, SW17 9NG
Open: Mon – Thurs: 5.30pm – 12am, Fri: 5pm – 2am, Sat: 5pm – 2am and Sun: 10am – 12am
What did you think to this meal? Fancying try here out yourself? Let me know in the comments below.
Lots of love, A x