Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brew Cafe, Wandsworth

Any time day or night, Brew Café hits the spot

Whatever you fancy and whenever you want it, it seems Brew Café can deliver.  You might have noticed one springing up near you, but if you haven’t yet stepped inside, you might be just about to discover your new favourite coffee house slash restaurant.

Currently you can find Brew Café in 3 locations: on the High Street in Wimbledon, on Northcote Road in Battersea, and now, on Old York Road in Wandsworth.

We had the pleasure of visiting the newest offering in Wandsworth, which is perfectly placed a 1 minute walk from the station, and nestled between the cool and fashionable shops which have sprung up around here.  Almost like a mini King’s Road, you’ll find pretty much everything along this street now, from fashionable barbers and hairdressers, to boutique jewellery stores and bespoke décor.

Brew Café is cute and compact and full of countryside charm and character from the moment you walk inside.  Think Jack Wills meets Laura Ashley.  There’s tables outside for al fresco coffee’s and dining , and inside, big wooden tables, farmhouse style furniture, flowers in hanging baskets, high ceilings and quirky lighting and shelving.

In the morning, it’s a place to pop in for coffee, croissants and cake, while the breakfast menu serves up some hearty offerings like pancakes with caramelised banana, or smoky bacon boston baked beans served on sour dough toast.

A great place for brunch too, there’s bagels, soups, salads, sandwiches and smoothies which all come with a twist, and then as if by magic, this place also works as a gorgeous little restaurant in the evening.

We visited around 7pm, as Brew Café began transforming from café and brunch retreat, into something a little more formal (although not too much…)   There’s an extensive wine list to choose from, (while of course the hot chocs and coffees are still served), and I decided to go for a glass of the New Zealand Pinot Gris with it’s sweeter notes of honeysuckle and peach.  Oli had a beer, served in cold, frosted glass for extra refreshment which was great on a hot sticky night in London town!

The dinner menu offers up a nice selection of starters – we went for the smoked potato and bacon croquettes which were huge, perfectly crispy on the outside and smooth on the inside – full of flavour and delicious with the barbecue dip.

There wasn’t a huge selection of mains to choose from, but the handful of dishes covered pretty much everything from risotto to fishcakes, to steak and burgers.  I chose the fishcakes which was served on a bed of spinach and topped with a perfect poached egg.  Oli had the

char-grilled rib eye steak, served with fries, rocket and béarnaise sauce.  My fishcake, although a substantial serving, could’ve maybe done with a little more hollandaise and slightly more spinach, but it was cooked well and presented beautifully.  The steak was on another level altogether.  Served on a wooden slab, the chef definitely knows how to grill his rib eyes!  This made your mouth water just to look at. In fact it was almost a shame to cut into it.  Perfectly cooked to its  ’medium’ specification, it was a good quality cut and melted in the mouth – exactly how any steak should (cue my classic case of pure food envy…!)

Dessert followed – big coffee cups decorated with those beautiful detailed patterns in the foam… and a really nice slice of blueberry New York style cheesecake.

Whether it’s Breakfast, lunch, dinner, or coffee, it seems the  Brew Café knows how to do it.  And the staff are lovely… really lovely.  I’m just pleased I don’t live nearer or I’d be in there for every meal.  Then again, we are thinking about moving and Wandsworth’s most definitely now on the radar…


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