Based on the ever more bustling Battersea rise the restaurant Soif has developed a bit of a following and reputation over the last couple of years. I’d heard good things from closer friends so it was about time a visit was done.
On the off-chance my better half (Katie as she shall now be known) and I arrived without a booking on a rainy Tuesday night – not too late into the evening and already the place had a nice buzz to it.
We were sat near the kitchen at what seemed an impossibly narrow table for two people comfortably dining. When i say ‘Impossibly’, I obviously exaggerate, but suffice it to say it wasn’t a square table and felt a bit odd. The menu seems quite British, with a contemporary twists and continental elements also.
Selections on offer include Duck Rilletes with Cornichons, Abruzzo Bean soup and Pork Rillons with Lentil Vinegrette & Bitter leaves for starterds – with mains showing items like Whole Dorset Crab & Mayonnaise and Red Wine Braised Rabbit Leg with Prunes, Chestnuts and Panceta, Onglet a l’echalotte with Pommes Frites.
We went for some Moules Mouclade to share as a starter and then the Lemon Sole Meunière and Pork Galette with January King Cabbage, Carrots and Crushed Potatoes.
The starter of Moules was not bad, the sauce was a little watery, and if anything the Moules were perhaps a little overcooked. The accompanying bread was clearly homemade and was pretty good actually.
As far as a lot of things seem nice and appetising on the menu the food we were served was OK, but alas nothing beyond that. I don’t feel a lot of people will be shouting from the rooftops about it unfortunately. It is a shame as I had looked forward to it.
Ultimately its up to you. They do say they have a daily new menu, so it could be we were just unlucky and went on one of their slightly off days.
£25-30 per head including wine.
020 7223 1112
27 Battersea Rise, London, SW11 1HG