Abbeville Kitchen, Clapham [London]
A new place in Abbeville Village, an area generally not know for good food. It was positively reviewd by John Lanchester in the Guardian the other day (not sure that's a recommendation!) so we gave it a go.
Mostly robust French dishes cooked by an ex-Anchor and Hope chef, and a mainly French wine list. My first course of duck confit was a generous portion of melting meat, chunks of crisp skin and a well-dressed salad of mixed leaves, with a good vinegar kick from the chopped cornichons. His pork and prune terrine was declared excellent. We drank a nice quince prosecco as an aperitif, which seemed like a bargain at only £4.
For main course we shared the venison pie. Large tender chunks of venison, possibly kidney or something else offally, bacon and carrots swam in a slightly too-watery gravy, though it tasted very rich and meaty. The topping was actually a dumpling dough strechted across the top of the dish, rather than pastry, and we found it far too fatty and stodgy to be able to finish.
Desserts were uninspiring so we didn't bother - popcorn at the cinema for pudding!
Overall it was fine, and far better than other experiences in the Abbeville area. It just wasn't very exciting. I think one could probably get a starter, main and a glass of wine at Trinity for a simialr price (£50pp) and do far better.
I think it's definitely worth a go. It was definitely the usual Clapham crowd! Everything was well-cooked so it's not a problem with technical skill particularly, it just seemed a little dull. We actually got starter, main, aperitif each and bottle shared for £50pp, i thought maybe Trinity might be slightly more expensive. I think the wine list has 2 bottles of red below £30 and about 8 above £30, which I think is quite pricey for a neighbourhood restaurant.