There’s much more to Brixton’s foodie scene outside of the famous Village, home to a vibrant mix of independent restaurants and bars. We went along one lunchtime to a restaurant that not only had gone under our radars for far too long, but one whose name actually sums us up rather well.
Naughty Piglets is a fantastic little find on Brixton Water Lane – a ten minute walk if you’re coming from the station. It’s a small affair; there’s an open-plan kitchen with an eight seat bar, three high tables in the front room, and an intimate dining room in the back. It also happens to be very charming and we were instantly smitten.
The restaurant is owned by husband and wife team Joe and Margaux Sharratt, Magaux was there on our visit, busy tending to each table making sure that everyone was taken care of. The menu is short and changes weekly, but we were definitely not short of choice: each dish sounded heavenly, it made us almost want to order the lot. Ruthlessly we narrowed it down, our top five didn’t disappoint.
First to be served was the melt-in-the-mouth ham croquettes, some of the best we’ve ever had – we guarantee that you’re probably not going to want to share these. Next out was a deliciously light Boudin Noir served with fresh cuttle fish and capers, followed shortly by the Roast Cod with a wonderfully intriguing peanut dip. But the highlight, without a doubt, was the Grilled Pear with Jerusalem artichokes, blue cheese and hazelnuts; we’ve simply never had a dish like this. The flavours complemented each other perfectly: every mouthful was pure bliss.
Sadly, we didn’t have the time to try anything from the desserts – or sample any of their wines for that matter – but that just means we simply have to go back immediately for dessert and wine. That’s something we’re definitely ok with.
28 Brixton Water Lane, SW2 1PE
020 7274 7796