Mama Lan by Clapham Common

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Hot tip Clappers: Mama Lan is a new Beijing street food micro restaurant which sprang out of the super cool Brixton Village. You heard it here first, Clapham is as cool as Brixton. Official.

Mama Lan is unique and deeeelish. I’ve been twice in one week opting for the tofu strip noodles and one of the teas. We also tried some of the sides, which were gorgeous – especially the pork buns. The best bit is that it isn’t too expensive and portions are big, so you get value for money. Actually, that isn’t the best bit, the best bit is that they serve tea in pots. Love Clapham is a fan of loose tea in pots.

The decor is cool and the atmosphere chilled. It is small though, with only a handful of tables, so choose your times wisely. It’s by Waitrose ;)

9/10

The Breakfast Club on Battersea Rise

It was with great excitement that The Breakfast Club opened on Battersea Rise, Clapham Common west side. Anyone who’s visited the Hoxton or Soho branches will know to expect – as the name makes obvious – all variety of breakfasts. The quantity is vast, from the selection to the size of portions.

Unfortunately, quantity is definitely the name of the game here. Quality is lacking. If you’re after large platefuls of stodge, this is your best bet. It’s not awful but the quality of breakfasts and brunch on offer in ClaHa and surrounding areas far exceeds The Breakfast Club right now. A simple black coffee was noticeably ‘not great’. Sausages and bacon underdone (ie cooked but not crispy).

I’d recommend alternatives like Brew, Rapscallion, Fantasia, Abbeville Kitchen, Gastro, Breads Etcetera to name a few. They’re cheaper and higher quality.

Having been to The Breakfast Club in Clapham twice now, I can’t say I’ll go back anytime soon. Hopefully it’s just teething problems and concentrating on quality rather than quantity will help this new branch live up to its name.

5/10

Edit: sorry, we’d said originally Breakfast Club was on Lavender Hill when of course it’s on Battersea Rise. Doh!

Northcote Road Market

Globe Northcote Road market, Clapham Junction

Northcote Road market is the prime example of why the Clapham lifestyle is one of the best in London. Where else can you find super-sexy people, buy a globe, a second hand wet suit and a decent lunch? It’s a bizarre bubble of a place born out of its disproportionately young residents with disproportionately high levels of disposable income. They expect quaint and quality in uber fashionable portions. The result is a fabulous and unique market with trinkets, produce and market stall owners you’d expect to find in Harrods. This is a high class market at surprisingly reasonable prices.  Continue reading

Perfect Blend cafe, Clapham, London

[field name=street-view]Perfect Blend cafe is a relatively new addition to Clapham and is tucked away between Clapham High Street and Abbeville Road. Don’t let its location stop you from going, it has great decor, a good selection of food and chilled out atmosphere that set it apart from the busier parts of Clapham.
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Bon Bon restaurant, Abbeville Road, Clapham, London

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Bon Bon is a good sized restaurant on a corner in the heart of the Abbeville Village. It serves fresh food and drink throughout the week and has a small seating area out the front for use on those sunny summer days. Continue reading

Boiled Egg & Soliders, Northcote Road, Clapham Junction, London

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The Boiled Egg & Soliders, as the name would suggest, specialises in delicious breakfasts. With a good range of different meals and its handy location on Northcote Road makes it the perfect pit stop when you’re peckish on a weekend morning. Continue reading

Breads Etcetera restaurant, Clapham High Street, London

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Breads Etcetera restaurant made breakfasts in Clapham super fashionable. Breads Etcetera bakes its own range of delicious bread that it serves in ready supply to anyone who eats there. With toasters on the tables, it’s a quirky venue with fantastic food, but go early, you can’t book and the queue always spills out on to the street. Continue reading