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“Like a mini-Noma on Clapham Common” – this “creative” three-year-old draws fans from across town for its “exceptional” and “clever” small plates. Service is “brisk and helpful”, and most (if not quite all) reporters love its “relaxed” style.
“Well worth the trip to Clapham!” – this notable “Brooklyn-vibe” two-year-old provides an “endlessly interesting” selection of “unbelievable” tapas-style dishes “explained in detail by the waiting team”. Top Tip – “one of London’s best-value tasting menus”.
“More interesting, more charming and less pretentious than many a fancy West End eatery” – this “daring” Clapham yearling may be a bit “cramped”, but its “experimental” and “artistic” tapas-style cuisine really “sparkles”.
Oddly located on a busy corner by Clapham Common tube, this wine-bar-style newcomer – whose chef used to work at Raymond Blanc’s ‘Manoir’ – has been a ‘rave’ for almost all of the many press critics who have visited.
The Dairy Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Very innovative authentic food. Great variety and well sourced or made produce. Wine list is disappointing"
"Really buzzy, great decor. Interesting and very tasty tapas. Really great place to hang out in the area."
"Tiny hole in the wall restaurant serving interesting small plates, themed under garden, fish and meat. Waiter explains each as you order. Portions are small and that's the downside. Sometimes you just want a couple of larger plates of X rather than four or five plates of X and X. Perching on stools can be uncomfortable after awhile but I still keep going back."
"Interesting flavour combinations "
"Fantastic tasting menu if a little decadent. But why serve the food on stones, when hundreds of years of evolution have given us china plates as an adequate alternative? (bone marrow butter served on a pebble, and many of the small tasting dishes served on exceptionally thick and heavy stone plates). I worried for the health and safety of the waiting staff as they were required to carry so many of these rocks at once, not the best way to enjoy one's meal. Plus the restaurant was noisy (crowded, no soft furnishings and unnecessary music), which didn't enhance the enjoyment of one's food, and ill-lit so that I couldn't see it properly either. But the food itself couldn't be faulted."
"I had heard good things from Clapham locals about The Dairy so, in spite of my bias towards central London for eating, I decided to give it a try with a girlfriend one Wednesday evening in February. The restaurant is quite small and they have packed the tables in so I found my chair jammed against that of the diner at the next table. Add to this terrible acoustics and it was quite hard to hear my dining partner above the din. The menu was tempting and we each ordered a couple of small and large plates. In short, the execution was good BUT the dishes were quite samey and there was quite a lot of random veg just sitting there on the plate. I couldn't get really excited about any dish, although the cod cheeks in parsnip crisps were very tasty. Unfortunately I then had to wait an age for my main course to arrive (half an hour or so?). I think The Dairy only stands out because it sits in the foodie desert of Clapham and locals want to believe they have a good restaurant on their doorstep. If only they could have fewer tables and be more inventive with their menu they have the basics there to make something good."
15 The Pavement, London, SW4 0HY
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Last orders: 9.45 pm