Humble Grape, Battersea’s favourite, sustainable wine bar, is located somewhere between the Northcote Road and Clapham Common.
Although it is humble by name, it’s certainly not humble by nature, and my friend Lorna and I had a very lovely time.
When we arrived at 6.30 pm, the restaurant was already bustling with dates, mates, and birthday parties alike.
The decor is rustic – think wooden tables and shelf upon shelf of wine bottles.
The ambient background music, hum of chatter, and low lighting make it an ideal spot and I’m already looking forward to going back.
As we perused the menu, we were offered a glass of fizz, and, lacking confidence in our wine knowledge, handed the reigns over to the general manager who gave us an array of white, red, and sweet wine to try throughout the evening.
To start, we opted for three small plates: blistered padron peppers with whipped tahini, burrata with salsify crisps, and crispy cauliflower served with lime aioli and chili ketchup.
The nuttiness of the tahini worked perfectly with the salty, earthiness of the padron peppers.
The creamy burrata partnered with the sweetness of the salsify for interesting and moreish flavours in equal measure.
And we couldn’t get enough of the sticky, spicy cauliflower.
For our main course, we went for pork belly served with braised winter spiced lentils – a very warming and tasty dish, and roasted brill served with kale, brown butter, capers, and preserved lemon.
The brill melted in the mouth, and the lightness of the fish compared to the richness of the pork belly created a perfect balance – and we got to try a bit of everything too.
To finish, we shared a chocolate fondant, which was oozed rich, dark chocolate and it was served with vanilla ice cream.
We also tried some madeleines, which equally hit the spot. Both came highly recommended, and I’m glad we got to try both desserts!
If you’re looking for the perfect place to eat, drink, and chat for hours, you definitely won’t go wrong with Humble Grape.