Restaurants & Bars 13

Some places in Battersea and Balham, London

limster | Jan 13, 200807:15 AM

• Ciullo's (Balham)
Basic penne, but perfectly al dente. Good tomato sauce, nice flavour in the meatballs (although softening them a bit with more breadcrumbs might be better). Worth investigating further. Would want to go back to try their pizza (they're Neapolitan).

• Auntie Rose's Caribbean Kitchen and Bakery (Balham)
A solid and generous goat curry, tender but firm meat, pretty good spicing. OK rice and beans, perhaps a shade dry, but permeated with a bit of what I thought was coconut. They also sell Caribbean breads etc... Probably get their ackee and cod for breakfast one of these days.

• New pancake place on Balham High Road (approx. across from the Balham Waitrose)
Sorry forgot name. It looks shiny and new, the crepe with banana and chocolate sauce (green and blacks) was nice but a little overcooked (more crispy than soft and supple). I would have prefered the classic nutella, but that's a quibble. I like the more classic French ones at Patisserie Ann Marie a touch more.

• Natural Food Co. (North Cote Road, Battersea)
The orange acerola smoothie was ordinary, but they do have free wi-fi.

• Market stall on North Cote Road (Battersea)
A satisfactory mushroom and cheese croissant. Looks like they also sell from Maison Blanc.

• Lighthouse Bakery (North Cote Road, Battersea)
I thought the flapjack was ok to good, very sweet. Wonder what the other stuff's like....

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