OK so I had promised mi madre that I’d take her for a Michelin-starred dinner and was going to go to The Ledbury, but at the final hour we somehow ended up making a lazy stumble round the corner to Metro Garden Restaurant which is posh for Clapham High Street I suppose, but hardly the same, sorry! Anyway I liked it because:
1. Its a restaurant in a garden. And all candlelit and romantico inside. And seems very un-Clapham, which in my humble opinion is a good thing.
2. The waiter was lovely to mi madre and made us both sigh about how good service is what really makes a great dinner out.
3. They ran out of the viognier I ordered and offered us the more expensive riesling at the same price,then realised they had no riesling either so got us an even more expensive bottle of semillon instead (see below modelled by the nice waiter – this could be a cheap bottle of plonk but it felt special and appealed to our mixture of Scottish/Yorkshire genes).
4. The food was decent enough if not mind-blowing – delicious juicy super-garlicky prawns to start and a nice enough seabass for main. But did I tell you about the wine?
It was lovely eating inside/outside by candlelight in the garden bit, next to a tree, and there was a good atmosphere – a mix of couples, groups of mates and families, and possibly the only place in Clapham High Street on a Saturday night where your parents are unlikely to see projectile vomiting. Its the sort of place you want to spoil yourself, even if you are a mixture of Scottish/Yorkshire. We had two glasses of kir royale to start, the great bottle of wine (or not, who knows), two courses each and an amaretto to finish and all this came to just £80 or £40 each. This is the obvious “date night” place in Cla-am and great value for what you get, and also a good place to take the folks. Also reminds me I am long overdue a visit for steak frites, red wine in tumblers and authentic French (rude) service at nearby Gastro.