The Boy, his sister Sophie and I headed to Balham for a well deserved treat.
The Boy and Sophie had been working hard all day and suggested going to Harrison's for dinner. I just heard the word 'food' and my ears pricked up. We all trundled down to Bedford Hill, salivating through the windows with rumbling stomachs.
The restaurant has this friendly, laid-back vibe with a big open kitchen in the middle which I love. I always enjoy watching the chefs cook (that way you know they didn't just carelessly bung your food in a microwave!) The menu is straightforward and contemporary which is exactly what I was in the mood for.
Sunday to Wednesday throughout summer they have specific cocktails for £5 and the list is extensive. So typically, we took advantage of this great offer and the fantastic selection.
Rosemary and Mint Mojito
We chose a couple starters to share.
Padron peppers, eeek I can't wait to go to Spain and eat ALL the padron peppers.
Salt and pepper squid with aioli. Just the right amount of batter without being overly greasy.
Fennel, cucumber and radish salad. Simple, citrusy and aromatic.
Salmon ceviche which was delicate and fresh. I would have liked it to taste even more citrusy but it was still bursting with flavour.
Need to find myself a good peruvian restaurant to fall in love with.
Now for the mains!
Sophie had the superfood asian style salad with grilled halloumi. A really meaty salad, although meaty is probably not the best adjective to use for a vegetarian dish...
The Boy had roast hake, sweetcorn succotash, spinach and lime crème fraiche.
A succotash for those of you who don't know, is a Native American dish consisting of corn and beans. It was divine, really flavoursome. The hake was perfectly flakey and tender and the lime crème fraiche worked as a great counter balance to the slight saltiness of the dish.
I had the roast lamb rump, aubergine, tomatoes, capers and basil pesto.
Perfectly cooked, juicy lamb with just enough pesto not to overpower the flavour of the meat. I wouldn't think to put pesto and lamb together but it was a real winner. Will definitely be trying this at home. The aubergine was like a caponata, soft and rich.
The portion was quite large, but I can't complain - the more the merrier!
Clearly enjoying myself too much. Looking a tad like Beaker from The Muppets.
More drinks! We couldn't resist.
Pomegranate Gin - how cool is the little ice boat!
Then with a classic case of 'eyes bigger than belly' we ordered dessert.
I had my eye on the "brookie" (brownie cookie) and wanted to compare it to The Cakeshed's cookie sandwich (blog post for that coming soon!) however I opted for something a bit more refined. I had the lemon tart with clotted cream and raspberries. The tart was sharp and acidic which was offset by the sweet caramelised top.
The Boy isn't much of a pudding man (I know right, seriously?!) so he went for some classic after dinner ice cream. Similar to their cocktail list, they also have a lengthy list of ice cream flavours. He chose peanut butter, peppermint and strawberry. The peppermint was my favourite, tasted like fresh mint leaves - super refreshing!
Soph had the spiced pear, caramel sauce and salted caramel ice cream which was indulgent but light. What's the etiquette on licking plates in restaurants?
Not quite sure how we managed to waddle home after the copious amount of food and drink.
A really fun evening, great atmosphere and good food. What more do you need? It won't break the bank but it's on the upper end of the money scale, perhaps for a birthday or special treat. Definitely take advantage of the £5 cocktails and have one of the desserts. Need to get my mitts on the brookie!
Harrison's also has a sister brasserie over in Chiswick and I hear they do a pretty awesome ice cream cookie sandwich called The Chipwich!
I'm even sure I heard Ray Charles' I Got A Woman being played at some point, which is an absolute tune!
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.