So many people had recommended ‘Naughty Piglets’ in Brixton to me. They said I’d love it – lots of tasty small plates and a great selection of wines and beers. Brixton is also fairly close to where we live, so one Friday evening a few weeks ago, Tim and I decided to give it a try. It’s a very popular place and seeing as we’d left it fairly last minute, we could only get a table for 6.30pm, but that wasn’t really a problem. You can book to sit in either the bar or restaurant, so we’d booked the latter.
Naughty Piglets, set up by husband and wife team Joe and Margaux Sharratt, describes itself as a Charcoal Grill Restaurant and a ‘Natural’ Wine Bar, using market products and following the seasons, serving simple tasty food made with care as well as pouring low intervention wines.
When we arrived we didn’t realise quite how small it would be, but small can often be a very good thing. There were lots of tall bar tables surrounding the bar area, with an open kitchen at the back. We were led through this to the restaurant and I must admit, I was quite surprised by this area – it was a small room, with no more than about six tables in it (according to the website it can accommodate 34 covers). Again, I don’t usually have any issues with this. What I did find a bit strange was that there were no windows. There was a heavy fire door which had been pushed slightly ajar (thankfully, it was a very warm summer evening!) but it was still quite dimly lit – as any fellow food bloggers reading this will testify, it makes you want to scream inside if you can’t get the photos you want. Not because you’re being a prima donna, you just want to get the best possible photos you can to do the food justice.
We were the first people to arrive, with our reservation being quite early, but it soon filled up and there was a great buzz in the room.
The menu is small and changes weekly, updated on their website. There’s usually a choice of about eight savoury dishes, one or two sweet dishes and a cheese board, as well as a wide selection of wines. I’d actually had a rather heavy evening the night before trying out a number of different wines for work, so I was a bit ‘wined’ out (first world problems!). This was a shame as I know they have a superb selection of wines, I’ll have to go back again and try them. In the meantime I stuck with a pint of Camden Town Brewery draught beer.
So what did we eat? We ordered five dishes between us, and we weren’t sure how this would work/if they would be tapas style dishes brought out together, but in fact they were brought out one after the other, after we’d finished each one.
We started with ham croquettes – these are £2.00 per croquette and definitely worth getting them. They seem to always be on the menu so I reckon they’re a bit of a fave! We certainly enjoyed them!
Next up was burrata with datterino tomatoes and basil – as I’m sure you know by now, I love all cheese, especially burrata. I’ve slowly got Tim into cheese over time, but he’s still not too sure about cheeses like this. I love them – they don’t have the biggest flavour in the world, but the milkiness pairs beautifully with fresh ingredients like tomato and basil, and it’s a gorgeous, moreish texture.
The third dish was wild rabbit faggot with pickled plums & lardo – an unusual dish but packed full of flavour and absolutely delicious. I’d like to try cooking this dish at home.
Next was black pudding and octopus – another unusual combination of flavours but it certainly worked – this was possibly my favourite dish.
The final dish was beef rump with bone marrow toast, shallots & watercress – a more recognisable dish and it didn’t disappoint. The bone marrow toast was beautifully indulgent, and the beef was cooked perfectly.
You can find out more on their website here – if you fancy paying them a visit, I’d highly recommend booking in advance, as they’re growing in popularity by the day!