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Jimmy’s Underground Pop-Up Restaurant review: A gastronomical adventure in a Clapham cellar

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To start: Duck and Orange Salad at Jimmy’s Underground Pop-Up Restaurant

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Green with envy? Pea and mint soup

Last Friday, I was luckily able to score two places at Jimmy’s Pop-Up Restaurant in the cellar at DVine Cellars in Clapham. I recently blogged about the for-a-limited-time-only culinary destination ahead of its return to SW9 following a successful turn last year and was eager to try out the food on offer once it opened. On the night in question, Jimmy Garcia and his team were serving the ‘Ethically Sourced 5 Course Menu’, which included all food for £30. Its prime location in the cellar of a wine shop meant you could pick a glass or bottle of wine to suit each course. On your table was a menu (which changes weekly) with different drink recommendations for each dish. Although I was slowly nursing a glass of sparkling white as I wasn’t in the mood for drinking too much, my friend followed the recommendations from the sommeliers upstairs and ended up trying three different reds.

The cellar is an intimate, cosy space with seating for 26 diners with the kitchen in full view so you can see the chefs in action and smell the – quite frankly amazing – scents wafting out of the oven and hobs. We ended up on a bench in the middle of a table of around eight-nine other diners so it was a good opportunity to meet new people from a variety of jobs and backgrounds. Upon arrival, we were greeted by Jimmy who was friendly and chatty and gave us a quick introduction to the night’s proceedings – advising us to keep hold of our menu because it doubled as a raffle ticket – nice touch! To start with there were a selection of canapés, such as salmon on cucumber or soft cheese profiteroles, which didn’t last long at all, a clear sign everyone was hungry and ready to get cracking on the main event. As a pescatarian, I was well catered for, but carnivores (as my friend was) will really be in their element with duck and game on the menu.

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To cleanse the palate: Mango sorbet, mango salsa and Thai-style beef cheek

For our first proper course (if you don’t include canapés) we were given the choice of Duck & Orange Salad or Pea and Mint Soup. I opted for the latter which was served in a resealable jar which was a novel way to serve soup and also a handy way of keeping it warm. The soup was of a cream, thick consistency with the two main flavours complementing each other perfectly. My friend absolutely loved her salad which was served on a black slate with good sized portions – after all we did have three more courses to follow. Next was the ‘surprise course’ to cleanse the palate – mango sorbet, mango salsa and Thai-style beef cheek which was refreshing and did exactly what it said on ‘the tin’ so to speak, preparing our tastebuds for the main course.

For mains, there was a choice of Duo Of Wild Rabbit, Stuffed Loins, Leg Ragu, Potato Fondant, Pepper Emulsion and Baby Veg (which my friend had) or Seared Tuna Steak, Samphire, Sauce Viege and Lemon Potato Cylinders (for me). I often don’t eat tuna steaks because I’ve often had them under or overcooked and find them too chewy, however this one was perfect. The right texture, a good, fresh flavour and no epic chewing needed to digest it. I particularly liked the Sauce Viege, which tasted gorgeous with the fish and vegetables.

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Duo Of Wild Rabbit, Stuffed Loins, Leg Ragu, Potato Fondant, Pepper Emulsion and Baby Veg

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Seared Tuna Steak, Samphire, Sauce Viege and Lemon Potato Cylinders

Finally, we just about had room for dessert – a unique fusion of savoury and sweet with Nutella Ice Cream, Homemade Chocolate Brownie, Morello Cherry, Hazelnuts and Black Pepper Shortbread (that’ll be the savoury!). I smelt the brownies before we ate them, with the lovely scent filling the room providing a fanfare for its arrival on a black slate. The Black Pepper Shortbread was an interesting twist, which my friend actually said she preferred to regular sugary shortbread, meaning it wasn’t so sickly sweet. The brownies were delicious and the Nutella ice cream was a perfect accompaniment… in fact I could have eaten more of it (something I didn’t think I’d say after five courses).

Overall, the meal was superb. The food was gorgeous, the wine went down a treat and we met some interesting people. The atmosphere was fun, relaxed and comfortable, while the presentation was brilliant. I loved being served food on things other than your typical circular plates – although my ice cream was making a bid for escape down the slate at one point! For £30, you get an extensive, filling menu and the chance for a ‘dining experience’ rather than a standard ‘meal out’.

  • Jimmy’s Underground Pop-Up Restaurant bookings  are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 May until the end of July at 7.30pm for an 8pm sitting. All menus are £30. Bookings must be done in advance. DVine Cellars, 74 Landor Road, Clapham, SW9 9PH. Nearest station: Clapham North. For booking and further information, visit Jimmy’s Pop-Up website. To keep up to date with Jimmy’s other pop-ups, follow @southwestsupper on Twitter.
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Chocolate heaven: Nutella Ice Cream, Homemade Chocolate Brownie, Morello Cherry, Hazelnuts and Black Pepper Shortbread

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Jimmy’s Underground Pop Up Restaurant returns to DVine Cellars from May
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Burgers and Bordeaux, oh my! Jimmy’s Underground Pop Up Restaurant returns to Clapham

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Jimmy’s Underground Pop Up Restaurant returns to DVine Cellars from May
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Good news for foodies! Following last year’s incredibly successful venture, Jimmy’s Underground Pop Up Restaurant is returning to Clapham for limited time. Jimmy Garcia, who has been hosting supper clubs and pop-ups in recent years, will be bringing his culinary delights to the DVine Cellars on selected dates in May through to July. The 2013 event saw a four-week waiting list and all dates sold out across a three-month run.

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Burgers and Bordeaux nights take place on Thursday
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The basement beneath DVine Cellars will be transformed into an immersive 25-seat pop-up restaurant serving two bespoke dining nights. Burger fans will love the ‘Burgers and Bordeaux’ nights on Thursdays, while those with a big appetite better leave some room for the ‘Signature Ethically Sourced 5 Course Menu’ on Fridays and Saturdays.

Diners can choose their own wine from the wide range on sale at DVine wines upstairs before bringing it to their table to be served with their meal.

The ‘Burgers & Bordeaux’ nights on Thursdays are expected to start with Smoked Mac and Cheese followed by a choice of Duck or Lobster burger for main, half a bottle of Bordeaux and Jimmy’s now infamous ‘Home Made Ice Cream Factory’ Dessert.

Meanwhile, weekenders sampling the ‘Ethically Sourced 5 Course Menu’ on Fridays and Saturdays will be treated to some food theatre, with an open make shift kitchen, smoking guns, and surprise courses.

  • Jimmy’s Bookings available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 May until the end of July at 7.30pm for an 8pm sitting. All menus are £30. Bookings must be done in advance. DVine Cellars, 74 Landor Road, Clapham, SW9 9PH. Nearest tube: Clapham North. For booking and further information, visit Jimmys Pop Up website.

Since this post was written, Metro Girl has now visited Jimmy’s Pop-Up Restaurant. Check out the review here.


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The Stonhouse review: Hearty British fare in this cosy gastropub

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Pub fare: Sirloin steak and chips at The Stonhouse

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Apple Pie cocktail

Clapham covers a huge area, and within that area, a huge wealth of eating choices. However, for those looking for a more laid-back culinary experience, or a seamless fusion from eating to drinking, a gastropub is always a good option. While a lot of Clapham‘s restaurants stand on busy thoroughfares such as the High Street or Northcote Road, The Stonhouse stands on a quiet side street off the High Street, just a few minutes walk from Clapham Common tube station. The Stonhouse includes a variety of tabled seating areas, long bar and an all-weather pub garden. I had booked a table for two for a Saturday night through TopTable, but you can also book direct through their website.

The pub is light, contemporary and bright, featuring a mix of leather and wooden seating. We were given a table by the windows with comfortable leather armchairs – which I’m sure prompted us to stay in the pub drinking longer than we anticipated. Given it was a cold November night, the pub was warm and cosy immediately upon entering. The clientele was a mix of young professionals in their 20s and 30s, mostly groups of friends, giving the venue a relaxed vibe.

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Fish pie and seasonal greens

As I arrived earlier than my friend, I ordered a cocktail from the extensive and original menu to enjoy while I waited for her. I started with the Apple Pie – Zumbrowka vodka, fresh muddled apple, fresh lemon juice, soda and cinnamon sprinkles to garnish. The drink was refreshing with subtle flavours, meaning it was a good accompaniment to a meal.

As we were both opting for a hearty mains, we decided against having a starter as well. I ordered a Halibut, Salmon & Prawn pie, which was served with a mashed potato topping with a side order of seasonal greens. The pie was a perfect size for me – was filling, hearty and tasty – but didn’t leave me feeling heavy afterwards. The side vegetables were incredibly fresh and rich in flavour, but got cold on the side plate incredibly quickly. My friend ordered Sirloin Steak and Chips, nicely presented on a chopping board with a side salad. It was an impressive 10z slab and my friend said it was rich and delicious.

Overall, we had a leisurely, relaxed dinner. The service was friendly and fast. There was no pressure to leave after we finished so we stayed on and enjoyed some more cocktails. It was a comfortable place to spend the evening with both good food and a place to drink. I could easily see The Stonhouse becoming a regular spot for me.

  • 165 Stonhouse Street, Clapham, SW4 6BJ.  Tel: 020 7819 9312. Nearest station: Clapham Common. For more information, visit the Stonhouse website.

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