The Effra Social held a special menu-tasting event on Monday evening, an opportunity to sample the range of food on offer at this new addition to the Antic family.
Guided through to the rear of the bar, into a dimly lit back room that I was unaware of, two long tables awaited.
Surrounded by the retro clutter that continues the ex-Conservative club theme from the rest of the pub, and with the Joanna in the corner getting a gentle work out, the atmosphere was set for a great evening – if the food was up to scratch.
A glance down the menu revealed dishes you would expect from a pub offering modern British food, with some inventive touches that stoked the interest without appearing unnecessarily outlandish. Without laboriously listing all the food we tasted, I will mention some of the highlights of each course.
Snacks and starters
The bar snacks & starters were of a particularly high standard.
The scotch egg would earn a place next to a decent pint of Ale, the Octopus salad was delicious; the lemon dressing zippy but refreshing, and marinating the baked Feta in chilli and garlic added a level of flavour.
The mains had a hard task to match these starters. The consensus seemed to be that the Pappedelle was the stand-out vegetarian dish, with the braised lamb shoulder collecting the meat rosette, in our corner at least.
A few found the fish pie a little rich, but this may have been a side-effect of over consumption at this stage. It certainly didn’t lack flavour.
Crème Brulee rarely hits my spot so it’s high praise to say I enjoyed it as much as the crowd-pleasing chocolate brownie. It had a subtlety that can be welcome after an indulgent 3 course meal.
The cheese board finale
I think anything bordering on the bland or boring on a cheese board is like finding your perfect match then realising they share no appreciation for your favourite music.
Sorry, it’s a deal breaker. I’m pleased to report that the cheese board and I are now going steady for the foreseeable future.
The prices range between £3 to £6 for the starters/bar snacks, mains are upwards of £8.50.
Everyone appeared to think these prices were fair, considering the quality of food, the ample portions and the cost of a similar meal in the area.
If the food and general friendliness of everyone involved matches this tasting evening experience then I think Brixton will welcome the Effra Social as more than a pub with a good selection of Ales and some neat décor.
89 Effra Road, London SW2 1DF
Tel: 020 7737 6800