Brew raises the steaks

ADRIAN SEAL eats at Brew Put­ney, 162164 Lower Rich­mond Road, SW15 1LY. Tele­phone: 020 8789 8287 Web­site: www.brew-cafe.com

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PLENTY of fun and frol­ics are on of­fer at the re­cently opened Brew site on Put­ney’s Lower Rich­mond Road, along with se­ri­ously good Allpress cof­fee and tempt­ing cakes. This is their fourth and largest out­let and it wants to be taken se­ri­ously as a des­ti­na­tion for its brasserie style food.

While you can en­joy ‘break­fast in bed’ with all the trim­mings in­clud­ing cham­pagne and watch films in a deckchair or in bed on Wed­nes­day nights on the large ter­race, I was more in­ter­ested in tast­ing the An­tipodean in­flu­enced menu cre­ated by Ja­son Wells, who be­gan his foodie ca­reer as a butcher in his na­tive Australia and is in­spired by his trav­els, with par­tic­u­lar in­flu­ence com­ing from Is­rael and New York.

I must ad­mit on a bit­terly cold evening the thought of sit­ting on the cov­ered ter­race rugged up in white sheep­skin blan­kets and rugs with warm glows ra­di­at­ing from heaters did sound half tempt­ing, but we de­cided to leave that for an­other night and ven­tured in­side for din­ner.

The main eat­ing area is fresh, clean and airy in its open plan de­sign with lime green ban­quette seat­ing along one side blend­ing in well with white chairs and light pine topped ta­bles. There is a nod to the nearby River Thames with row­ing oars on one wall and op­po­site is a glass fronted butcher’s cool room com­plete with dry aging fridge, where your steak is cut to size and then cooked to or­der, a nice lit­tle bit of theatre.

The menu has some in­ter­est­ing at­trac­tions and we de­cided to start by shar­ing the hell­fire pizza (£7.50). The base was al­most wafer thin and with a tasty firey top­ping of chorizo, king prawn, hot guindilla, pep­per, chilli but­ter, lemon and rocket it de­liv­ered plenty of kick and was a good tasty way to start off the evening.

A glass of Waimea Pinot Noir (£5.50) from the Nel­son re­gion of New Zealand washed down well as we pre­pared our­selves for a meat feast main course.

Fiona went for the Welsh lamb skew­ers marinated in yo­ghurt, laven­der and cumin (£14.50) and de­clared the cubes of meat de­li­cious and this com­ing from a Kiwi, the home of lamb.

I was look­ing for­ward to my 42 day dry aged black An­gus sir­loin steak (£26 for 300g) and when it ar­rived it cer­tainly did not dis­ap­point and in fact blew me away in terms of its big flavour and taste. It was cooked per­fectly medium rare and each de­light­ful mouth­ful of the well- sea­soned juicy meat sim­ply melted in the mouth. I don’t usu­ally get car­ried away about a piece of meat but this was damn good, one of the best steaks I have tasted for a long time and a good enough rea­son alone to re­turn to Brew. Each dish came with a choice of two sides in­cluded in the price, and we both en­joyed well de­liv­ered thin fries and a good salad of dressed leaves. As rec­om­mended, by the pleas­ant and well in­formed staff, a glass of Two Hands ‘the mon­ster’ Aussie Shi­raz was a per­fect choice to ac­com­pany the bold meat flavours.

Af­ter tak­ing a pause, I fin­ished off with a de­cent pud of rich val­rhona choco­late hot shot with home­made ice cream in a sugar cone (£4.50). I tried to tempt Fiona to try the Nutella dessert pizza but she de­cided to play safe and fin­ished off with a very ac­cept­able Flat White, in a fit­ting trib­ute to Brew’s ori­gins.

There is a lot go­ing on at Brew in terms of what it de­liv­ers and hope­fully it will not get side-tracked from its main fo­cus – but al­ready the con­cept seems to have cap­tured the hearts of the lo­cals as on the win­try Thurs­day night I vis­ited busi­ness was brisk and the at­mos­phere con­ge­nial.

Brew’s other south west branches are at Clapham, Bat­tersea and Wim­ble­don.

n BREAK­FAST IN BED: Wrap up warm and en­joy some An­tipodean in­spired tastes at Brew Put­ney

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