Antipodea | Putney
You may already be familiar with Brew… The independently run chain of Aussie cafés, known for their expertly brewed lattes and chorizo folded eggs. But that’s not all they do.
To avoid being typecast as a coffee and brunch hangout, the team have diversified their offering with the launch of sister restaurant: Antipodea. A sophisticated take on Aussie dining with a well traveled menu fusing bold, international flavours. Designed to take you from a laid back Melbourne affair by day, to a bustling dining spot by night…
We paid a visit to the new site in Putney (there’s another one in Kew), a ten minute walk from Putney Bridge station. While fitness studios here are few and far between, you’re only a 10 minute bus ride from Bootcamp Pilates and Paola’s Body Barre in Fulham.
The alfresco terrace feels like a secret garden shrouded in trees decorated with fairy lights, rustic wooden furniture and a large round table at its centre. Perfect for lingering summer parties… But be prepared to share your meal with some canine friends (the outdoor space is very dog friendly).
You can always retreat inside to observe the chefs at work through an open plan kitchen.
Now to the food. We went for the Bengali aubergine and tofu salad. A colourful, flavoursome dish packed with kale, pomegranates and cardamom that strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and spice. (It shows that the chefs spent time working under Ottolenghi)
Mouth watering sides include; grilled chorizo, roasted halloumi, polenta chips and avocado with lemon – that all slips down rather well with a chilled glass of prosecco (or two).
If it’s a morning affair, find all the usual breakfast favourites from eggs benedict and sweetcorn fritters to more tantalising dishes such as avocado and chorizo with Persian feta topped with pea shoots.
Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon here rounded off with a walk around Wimbledon Common.
Address: 162-164 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1LY
Tube: Putney Bridge (District), East Putney (District)
Price: Lunch mains from £11