Let's talk about The Dairy in Clapham... This innovative modern European restaurant is one of the latest openings in Clapham, in prime location neighbouring the Common in Old Town.
I loved everything about my meal at The Dairy, but I sit asking myself why after a 5 star review in Metro, near on four months after opening people still haven’t realised this restaurant is set to be a big deal. I certainly perked up my ears when it first opened just by reading Robin Gill's credentials and about his contemporary style The Dairy would adopt.
The menu comprises of Modern European small plates split into snacks, garden, sea, land and sweet. There is also an extensive wine list, seasonal cocktails and a bar snacks menu. The flavour combinations blend elements of earthy rustic Britain with contemporary haute cuisine, similar to that of Dabbous (see smoked butter and savoury hazelnut praline), One Leicester Street and even to some extent Duck and Waffle.
|24 hour beef short rib, burnt onion and summer mushrooms.|
The 24 hour beef short rib, burnt onion and summer mushrooms was cooked to perfection allowing my fork to flake pieces of beef away from the cut. The jus was hearty yet the acidity from the burnt onion was welcomed lightening the seasonal dish. The roasted and pickled beetroot with buffalo goats curd and hazelnut was beautifully presented. The hazelnut praline accompanying the dish was sweet yet balanced well with the savoury of the pickled beetroot.
|Roasted and pickled beetroot with buffalo goats curd and hazelnut.|
|Potted chicken liver with apple and gooseberry.|
It was hard to find anything short of amazing on the plates at The Dairy. And if my opinion carries any weight, I anticipate this quaint restaurant and bar will soon be the talk of the town.
|monkfish liver, malt bacon, radishes and ember oil buttermilk|
|Short rib nuggets and leak ketchup.|
|Trinkets and sweets|