I love it when a text arrives asking if I would like to attend a restaurant opening, wait there give me a second, ohh how about YES.
When I arrived my friends Theirry and Selma were running fashionably late and I, as always unfashionably early. After years of my parents making us late for every event in Yorkshire I refuse to be late if I can help it!
Soif meaning Thirsty and seldom pronounced correctly, by me that is to the amusement of all that are proficient in French opened this week in Clapham Junction.
I entered welcomed by friendly and relaxed staff serving natural sparkling wine with platters placed all around me filled with oysters, homemade bread, meats and cheese. A grazer’s paradise!
Oli Barker one half of the brains and brawn behind Soif smiling from behind the bar, hands on and attentive adding effortlessly to the relaxed homely feel of the restaurant. Ed Wilson the other half chatted stood cool as a cucumber in his Chef whites, the lad is from Yorkshire so got my vote straight away but quickly backed it up with his passion.
I had the honor of Maureen Mills taking me under her wing, introducing me to Travel and Food writer and all round star Fiona Sims, I could taste the beginnings of a good night!
I couldn’t believe the size of the wonderful tree trunk stood in the entrance to the bar area, shipped in especially for the restaurant and weighing god knows how much but adding wonderfully to the simple décor.
We sat to a constant flow of natural wine and rustic courses including clams, a traditional cassoulet served with homemade bread, chesse, cheese and more wonderful French cheese, sod the potential nightmares that may arise eating cheese at such a late hour, enjoy I say and enjoy I did! Finishing with tarte tatin and lashings of more red wine.
Fiona describes natural wine as having a “fairy dust effect” and I couldn’t agree more. Soif is a huge yes.
Official opening tonight meaning you from now on can also have the pleasure of rustic France in the heart of South London.
Ed and Oli’s other restaurants Terroirs and Brawn are on my list to do. http://terroirswinebar.com/links.htm
Address: 27 Battersea Rise SW11 1HG
Transport: Clapham Junction rail/overground