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Bistro Union, Clapham, London

limster | Feb 29, 2012 02:09 PM

Sister restaurant to Trinity.

A beer and onion soup is full of savoury browned onion flavour, backed by a stocky broth with a pleasant vein of beer flavour. The welsh rarebit that comes with it is excellent, a thin slice of bread with a cheesy and extremely nutty and umami filled topping.

Gunea fowl kiev is beautifully fried, the breadcrumbs crisp before the crunch of the underlying batter, then tender moist poultry and a judicious amount of oozy butter. Mashed swede dotted with parsley and/or some herb, provides a surprising refreshing sensation as contrast. Makes me miss the walnut pesto that Trinity serves with their quail kiev though.

Mint chocolate ice cream is full of crunchy chocolate chips, the fresh mint flavour supporting the chocolate well, the ice cream sparse compared to the chocolate (not a bad thing). Eccles cake ice cream is light by contrast, the texture smooth and light sticky, with gentle spice and raisin.

Lots of little snacks at the bar (up to about £4 for a fish finger sarnie), starters mostly £5-6ish, main courses in the low mid teens, except for the steak and chips. Excellent casual restaurant, but no surprise considering how good Trinity is.

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