Breakfast at Sunny Side Up

I was excited when I read that Sunny Side Up,  a cafe located on the Upper Richmond road,  was offering American Pancakes on the breakfast menu. Even more so when I saw the cute dining booths and Americana tat. My Judy Blumesque teenage dream had come to Mortlake. So to start Nathan’s birthday off I took him there for a special boothy breakfast.

The staff are very friendly – the owner in particular keen to help. He showed us to our booth, which sadly turned out to be more like a carriage on a Ferris wheel than booth, but with less leg room.

A  smiley nervous waitress gave us a floppy overpopulated yellow laminated menu and came back to take our order of:

American pancakes with syrup and bacon
Scrambled eggs on toast with beans

I should have known something was wrong when she looked anxiously over her shoulder at the owner when we said “scrambled”.

Anyhow I’ll make this quick.

The food was terrible. Probably the worst dining experience we’ve ever had.

Our breakfast came out separately and I don’t mean that Nathan got his before mine. I mean the individual items came out separately and quite a few minutes apart – a bit like tapas. The pancakes were mushy and the bacon when it turned up was watery and undercooked.The scrambled eggs? The chef had quite literally broken an egg into a bowl stirred it once and microwaved it to within a inch of it’s life. Saving grace? The tea. It was warm at least.

This is a cafe that could be a real gem for the young families of Mortlake and in particular the teenagers. But for the moment some very dark clouds are over Sunny Side Up.

Address

425 Upper Richmond Road West

Cost:

£5 – 10 a head

Good for:

The enthusiasm and the wide ranging menu

Written by: EMMA T

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Barbecued leg of lamb – from R Chubb and Son

Following up on the post on our local butcher yesterday, money where my mouth is and all that, we bought a butterflied leg of Welsh lamb from Dave  (he did the butterfly-ing) and cooked it on the barbecue today. The recipe, which should, in part, be attributed to Rick Stein, is simple.  Marinade the lamb with the following ingredients:

Grated zest and juice of one lemon

A couple of handfuls of chopped fresh herbs

(I used coriander and rosemary today)

Some crushed dried chillies

A few dashes of Tabasco

3/4 cloves of crushed garlic

Lots of salt and pepper

Olive oil (a couple of tablespoons of olive oil)

Literally just mix all the above together and rub all over both sides of the lamb. Leave for a couple of hours, if you can, then cook on the BBQ – hot at first on both sides for 5 minutes each then over a much lower heat for another 25-35 minutes until cooked but still pink. Alternatively, you can do this in the oven (fan: 220 for 10 minutes then 160 for another 30 ish).

We had our lamb with home cooked French fries, mixed salad and garlic mayo.

Written by: LARA

R Chubb and Son

So, for the first proper post I want to tell you about our local butcher.

There are two butchers in East Sheen and the one to go to is R Chubb and Son where it’s still pretty old school even if Chubb (and son) are long gone. Dave is the proprietor but also look out for Ken Tidy, the manager. Dave is the tall one, Ken the short one. There’s also a really friendly bloke who does the deliveries.

I know it seems convenient to get your meat at Waitrose but seriously, Dave’s meat is the business. Whatever you want, Dave can sort it out. It’s all good but I particularly recommend the ribeye steak, the rolled sirloin for a roast, breast of lamb (at £1 a pop, yes, one pound), butterfly leg of lamb, Cumberland sausages and cooked ham. The prices are very good, the butchery skills honed, the choice wide and the beef properly hung. They will also sharpen your knives for next to nothing and if you ask extremely nicely, butcher your game (if like Maino, you like to get a man in to do the dirty work).

Butchers like this are becoming a thing of the past so if you haven’t done so already, I urge you to at least try this place. If we don’t continue to use places like this, they won’t survive and that would be a very bad thing.

Address:

350 Upper Richmond Road West, London, SW14 7JT

Cost:

Very competitive

Good for:

Meat and a few extras plus a good chat about all sorts

Written by: LARA

Eating and drinking in East Sheen

East Sheen is an area with seemingly more than its fair share of disposable income. The Richmond Park constituency (within which East Sheen sits) rides high in the league tables for property sales over the £1m mark and is also, so we are told, the cleverest in the UK (the yardstick being the number of residents that are degree educated – I’ll let you make your own mind up about that as a sensible means of measurement).  From a walk up the high street, this looks like a bunch of people who like to eat out and eat well.

Despite this, there have been genuinely good restaurants (aimed at adults rather than at the constantly swelling parent and child group) that have come and gone. With bleeding hearts, we still remember the escargot, true blue steak and cuboid chippies of La Saveur…..

So, this blog aims to tell you about where to eat, drink and buy food, wine and related paraphernalia in East Sheen and the surrounding areas (Mortlake, Barnes, Richmond and possibly even Putney if we are forced by lack of choice to head down market and in that direction).

Enjoy.