loti eats | minnow

Clapham’s Pavement, just around the corner from the Old Town, is positively heaving with good restaurants, from Mamalan to The Dairy and Counter Culture, but this summer it added another string to its bow: Minnow. It’s a romantic neighbourhood restaurant that’s got your next hot date written all over it. The entrance is adorned with flowers and greenery, there’s a long marble bar for pre- and post-drinks, and a pretty mosaic floor leads to a secret walled garden out back for al fresco reservations. These are the best seats in the house.

And what of the food? The menu is as elegant as the surroundings, with modern, seasonal dishes that sing with freshness and innovation. Must-tries include squid with lemongrass, lime and ginger; beef shin, black mooli and smoked pork skin; and caramelised watermelon with blood orange and Campari sorbet. And this being Clapham, there’s brunch too, where the morning cocktails and banana pancakes are fast becoming Insta-famous.

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So is there a chance of the ‘Clam being overcrowded with culinary stars? Not a chance, if Minnow is anything to go by having already carved out a niche all of its own. This is a smart resto with casual service and beautiful food, and we suggest you go pronto.

21 The Pavement, London SW4 OHY

Written by Nicky Clarke.