Jason Atherton’s flagship restaurant in Mayfair, Pollen Street Social, won a Michelin star within six months of opening. He has a growing portfolio of restaurants all over the world, from New York to Sydney - as well as his latest venture in East London, the izakaya-style Sosharu.
But for Atherton, south-west London is the place to be when it comes to dining out with his family. “Wandsworth, Balham and Clapham have moved on leaps and bounds,” he says. Here are his recommendations…
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“For brunch, we go to Milk in Balham quite a lot. My two go-to dishes are Sweet Maria – sweetcorn fritters with grilled halloumi and avocado – and The Convict. The Convict is an English muffin, toasted with sausage, hash brown, bacon egg, a spicy tomato sauce and loads of grated parmesan cheese. It’s just insane.”
“The two go-to restaurants for dinner in our area are Chez Bruce (above) and Trinity, both Michelin-starred. Of course, Bruce Poole is another London legend, and I love Adam Byatt’s cooking. At Trinity recently I had a crispy pig’s head with a fried quail’s egg. It’s lovely to wake up on a weekend knowing you’ve got a reservation at one of them. We like to get dressed up a little bit as a family to go and have a lovely lunch. I’m a big pinot noir fan and I love super Tuscan wine."
Sausages and bacon
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“I love M Moen & Sons butchers. Those boys are legends. I buy my sausages and my bacon there. I did a joint from them on a Saturday recently, a little topside of beef. They also sell lovely Galician beef.”
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“For dinner, the kids love The Chicken Shop and Foxlow. My 12-year-old always has the Dirty Burger and the little one has half a grilled chicken – and they both have the chocolate Oreo milkshake. On a laid-back Sunday we go to The Nightingale pub. It’s a proper old boozer. I like it that it’s not been touched, and it’s got a lovely little garden at the back. It’s out of the way, so people don’t know it’s there unless they live nearby.”
“Another place I go to often is The Good Earth, a Chinese restaurant on Bellevue Road in Wandsworth – when it opened it was like a godsend. I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but Chinese food in south-west London was pretty s--- until they turned up. I have the Singapore noodles and the crispy beef. The kids love the duck - they're addicted to it.”
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