Queenswood is located on a sleepy square in South London but it wouldn’t look out of place in a leafy suburb of Paris. Interestingly, the head chef has relocated from the City of Love to take up his post here having previously worked at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, which should tell you a thing or two about the food. The restaurant itself is charming; the interior is pared down chic (think antique wooden chairs and wild flowers decorating tables) and everything here operates at a Gallic pace and with the same flair. You just know that the bluey-grey awning outside has sheltered many a diner as they’ve enjoyed a postprandial cigarette or canoodling couples wrapped in blankets working their way through a couple of bottles of wine in the afternoon. There are tables outside in the square too – absolutely perfect for dining al fresco in the summer time. It may be cornball but this is a neighbourhood restaurant for all the lovers. Form an orderly queue please.
There is a clear nod to the vegetarian and vegan diner on the menu, and the first thing that strikes you is how intriguing and appetising the various combinations are: seaweed & pak choi salad (with samphire, soya sprouts, sesame seeds, rice vinegar dressing) and Israeli couscous (Ptitim) with pumpkin & sun-dried tomato puree, strips of courgette, raw kohlrabi, goat’s cheese and pine nuts to name but two dishes. There is plenty for the carnivore to get their teeth into as well, including the beef burger, a salt crusted sea bass served with purple sprouting broccoli, a special fish of the day and a classic French steak frites. Brunch is served at the weekends – well worth a look if only for the organic eggs omelette – and roasts are available on Sunday. Really, really good. Food – sorted. Now about that date.
There is something very aphrodisiacal about being in the midst of all of life. Here your fellow diner could be anyone and everyone; families young and old, other couples, groups of BFF’s and lone rangers. This makes for a very exciting backdrop to your evening. Friday and Saturday nights are buzzing with life. Hence, Queenswood should be added to your date repertoire immediately if not sooner. Whether its the first date with someone you have known for a while but really like or whether you’d like to impress a long term partner with a new find, I think this place has great food and drink and romance covered. Get a cab there – why not? Treat yourselves. Dress up fancy casual. Enjoy a meal at your own pace and let the nectar of the Gods slip easily down as you while away the cares of the week and reconnect. Go where the night takes you. Book in now for Valentine’s Day. Not even joking.
I said that it was Gallic in its pace and I meant it. I wouldn’t recommend trying to eat here if you have a tight schedule, especially on the weekend. This is not a negative in my book – I advocate coming to Queenswood to enjoy an unhurried, pleasurable experience.
3. Hedging my bets but there is a LOT of potential with this one.