Bistro in Brixton
You’d be forgiven for assuming this sleek all day dining venue may be able to assist with your dry cleaning needs. The recently transformed space that houses this bistro in Brixton did indeed used to house a fully functioning commercial laundry! Dating as far back as the 1880’s the Edwardian heritage building retains character and tradition with exposed brick and tasteful furnishings inside. There is a beautiful traditional facade (complete with original signage) to greet you and an ample terrace which is suited perfectly for summer drinking.
Wine is a focal point of the restaurant’s offerings, with a vast selection on display in the delightfully expansive floor to ceiling wine shelves that make up the space.
The Bistro Menu
The menu offers a sharing plates concept with a focus on local, quality seasonal produce. We shared a selection of the below:
- Caponata, pine nuts, sourdough crouton (£8). A cold dish to start, great texture from the pine nuts and croutons
- Heritage tomato bruschetta, basil (£9). The bruschetta was incredibly fresh, the tomatoes had beautiful pops of sweetness. This dish really sang of summer.
- Mackerel escabeche, fennel, wild garlic, espelette pepper (£9.50) One of our favourites, the mackerel was beautifully cooked, flakey with zingy strong flavours running throughout. Every mouthful was a treat as was its presentation.
- Roasted squash, bulgur pilau, coconut mint yoghurt, Za’atar (£12.50). Another favourite, the squash was roasted whole and cooked to melt in the mouth softness. The middle eastern flavours on this dish were a pleasant surprise and the cooling yogurt really helped balance the dish. A must order.
- Pan-fried Scottish cod with smoked mussel and bean cassoulet (£18.50) The tender cod was transformed into a truly hearty dish here, we loved the smokiness of the flavours, a very warming (and filling) little plate.
We also enjoyed sides of sautéed new potatoes, butter and rosemary (£5.50) and grilled broccoli with toasted hazelnuts and chilli (£4). The quality of the ingredients was evident from the freshness and simple strength of flavour in both.
Portions are fairly generous so the sharing concept works well. We loved dipping into dishes and moving plates around – a very social way of dining with no risk of food envy!
Dessert and Wine
We opted for the warm chocolate chip cookie with ice cream (£5.50) and the lemon posset with shortbread (£6). The chocolate chip cookie was a little colder than expected, a tad warmer was hoped for but it was a tasty dessert nonetheless. The lemon posset was lovely and zingy with a delightfully large serving of shortbread to accompany it.
Wine is a serious business here at The Laundry. Owner Melanie Brown is an award winning entrepreneur and champion of the new world wine movement. She runs Pop Brixton based wine shop and bar, The New Zealand Cellar. We tried a New Press Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2019 (£6.50), a zesty vibrant white that accompanied our dishes well.
The Laundry Brixton is a sophisticated bistro in Brixton serving up fine wines and carefully crafted, beautifully presented dishes. The sharing concept lends a more informal, social element to eating here. The venue also doubles up as a coffee bar and there is a delicious looking brunch menu on offer too. We would highly recommend popping in for a drink or two, particularly on the terrace.
East London Girl: Bistro in Brixton
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