After having the pleasure of visiting the newly opened Soif on Battersea Rise when the opportunity came to try out one of Oli Barker and Ed Wilsons other restaurants, Terroirs, I nearly fell over myself to get there!
Arriving into the busy but relaxed upstairs wine bar I instantly warmed to the simple but honest décor. Greeted by friends who had pre ordered a glass of bubbles, natural of course, Ed and Oli’s philosophy, and a selection of charcuterie, what a great start.
The food as advertised is simple but seriously tasty, I could have eaten the pork terrine all night. The chef then sent out a special dish of snails and pigs trotters, which I think may have to go in my top 10 best dishes to date! Normally you find snails over powered by garlic and butter and may as well be eating slugs but this was a carefully balanced dish marrying the texture and taste of both ingredients perfectly.
I have to be honest as far as the Christian Parra Boudin Noir was concerned I wasn’t blown away, as I thought I would be, maybe I was distracted by my snail love!
Cheese as always you can’t go wrong with if treated well and this was but the real desert surprise came when Thierry ordered Rice pudding. My god I thought to myself why do all my friends insist on taking me back to the food that would make me shudder as a child!
The spoon with lashings of lumps and jam was passed my way and politely I made to swallow quickly and smile then wash down with the remaining red wine (which was delightful and would have been a waste!) then to my great surprise I adored it. Very light not like Yorkshire dinner ladies would make and the jam thin but with a tart spice addition made it Moorish.
Terroirs gave me an evening of pleasure the staff were effortlessly attentive, knowledgeable and fun. The food although simple was done very well, all round central London winner.