There’s something magical about London in the Summer and despite the fact that the weather has been pretty soggy recently, it doesn’t stop everyone from getting out and enjoying the (slightly) warmer and brighter evenings. After a drink with a friend after work, I recently found myself in the London Bridge area looking for something delicious but light to nibble on. Having been to Borough Market a million times over the years, I was drawn to Elliot’s Cafe on Stoney Street thanks to the abundance of happy-looking diners sat in the open shop-front.
Starting with a carafe of chilled white wine from the Languedoc region, we perused the menu and soon realised it was going to be difficult to pick just a few dishes. Elliot’s Cafe source their ingredients directly from the market, so you know it’s going to be really fresh and totally delicious. With that in mind, we settled on a couple of different fish plates (although the sweetbreads had us salivating) and went for: skate wing, clams with samphire, courgette with shaved parmesan and a side of freshly made sourdough to mop up.
Each dish was an absolute triumph. The skate wing was beautifully moist and fell off the bone. The clams with samphire and thinly sliced radish were juicy, crunchy and perfectly seasoned. The shaved courgette salad was refreshing but more-ish and the sourdough was a perfect way to soak up the remaining juices.
Alongside the beautiful food, the service was faultless – the ideal (and often tricky to execute) combination of attentive but relaxed. All in all, the whole experience was hugely enjoyable and I couldn’t recommend a meal there enough.
London is full of incredible people with an unrivalled and diverse food scene, let’s embrace the best of what is has to offer before we all start moaning that it’s too cold.