• Fish Club, Clapham
Ordinary and pricey piece of fried pollack. Nothing bad, nothing special.
• Gukhas, Balham
A Nepali place. The daal of the day was great, a yellow version cooked down to that watery point, and dotted with black ones for punctuation of texture. A pork curry was nice but not exceptional, tender cubes of pork in reddish, spicy sauce.
• Cafe Melies, Balham
A solid English breakfast, 2 perfect sunny side up eggs, beans, sauteed mushrooms, bacon, pink pork sausage. Satisfying. Comfy spot for a weekend breakfast/brunch.
• Harrison's, Balham
The chicken livers with mushrooms on toast was nicely cooked, but could have benefitted from something with a touch of sweetness, like sauteed onions. A porterhouse cut of pork was tiny tiny touch over cooked, but the rind of skin could have been blistered more, or made crispier. Classic accompaniments of braised red cabbage and apple sauce. I liked the dense cheesecake with its cheesy tang and sweetness, its digestive base, and the contrast with the berry compote. Decent on the whole, but nothing exceptional.
• Fusion, Tooting
Desi Chinese food, but a rather poor example. The fried rice was basic, suitably dry, it was what it was. Achingly sweet sauce Manchurian chicken was an obvious disappointment.