Venturing south of the river in Battersea, an area I’m not usually one to visit, lies Augustine Kitchen, a quaint homely restaurant, named after head chef/owner Franck Raymond’s grandmother.
One of my favourite aspects of London’s dining scene is the versatility. Augustine Kitchen is a perfect example boasting French cuisine from Haute-Savoie; an area located in the Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France focusing more on charcuterie, cheese and fish rather than the usual rich, game-y type dishes.
To start we had an unusual dish with crozet “risotto” girolles, a type of pasta that I’ve never tried before nor heard of. With an overall slight nuttiness from the dish mixed with an earthyness from the mushrooms and then genrously scattered with cheese, it was a surprisingly, exquisite dish.
My favourite dish of the lunch was the cod served with black quinoa and orange reduction. Beautiful on first glance and a promising dish that kept on giving. The orange reduction didn’t overpower the perfectly cooked, delicate fish and was in fact the best cod dish I’ve tried.
If you visit Augustine Kitchen, this is a must.
When there’s a large group of diners at a restaurant, there’s no other way to impress than to serve a wheel of cheese. Tomme de Savoie, a cheese from Franck’s hometown was a beautiful addition to the lunch, however not my favourite – I’m much more of a ‘god that stinks’ kinda cheese-lover.
I love baked Alaska, there’s something comforting and nostalgic about the pud that makes me feel all warm inside. When a metre long Alaska arrives, there’s no other way to serve than charring the outer meringue beside the table and drizzling a thick, sharp raspberry sauce. Once to the plate, it was just as mouth-watering; creamy, soft meringue and ice cream with a sponge so light and fluffy you’re left mesmerised.
With clear attention to detail with only the most authentic ingredients used, matched with the tranquility of the restaurant, Augustine Kitchen is a hidden gem that feels a million miles away from London. What’s even more impressive is that a set lunch menu of 3 courses is around £25. Go on, I know you’re tempted.
– Augustine Kitchen, Battersea