I’ve been to a lot of restaurants and bars in London and around the world, but I’ve never been to anywhere like this – unique doesn’t begin to describe it! TWID (standing for That’s What I Do) is an unusual name for a very unusual restaurant.
Located on an anonymous stretch of York Road, Battersea, the exterior gives no clue to what you’ll find inside. On opening the door you are met with a stunning sight – a series of elaborately decorated theatre boxes on the first floor and beneath these, on the ground floor, are cosy private booths along with a huge table in the entrance area. The booths and boxes are different sizes, accommodating between 2-8 diners.
We were greeted and taken up to our private box overlooking the giant table, which is actually the performance area. As we were ordering drinks, the singer, Sam Chara, started her performance on the table. I love opera and Sam was a fantastic performer, belting out a series of popular arias as well as one or two well-known songs from musicals. She came round to each booth and box during the show so every party had a close up of her dramatic and engaging performance – absolutely brilliant!
So what about the food? Well, it’s only just opened so we had no idea what to expect. In fact, it was really good – the menu is based on sharing plates and they recommend 2-3 dishes per person. We had crab with apple, fennel and basil; lamb cutlets; venison medallions, and aubergine with goat’s cheese and walnuts. All four of these dishes were superb; the two meat dishes were pink and succulent with an absolutely mouth-watering flavour. Also, the portion size is generous and with these four dishes coming out at £32.50, this represents truly amazing value. To drink we had a lovely bottle of Pinot Noir at £25.00 which perfectly complemented the food. Oh and I nearly forgot to mention that you can call your waiter by pressing a buzzer on your table – brilliant!
So this was a truly amazing experience, worth travelling miles for. To be frank, if they had served fish fingers and chips it would have been an outstanding evening. However, the food they produced was memorable too and by London restaurant standards is unbelievable value for money. My advice is to get down there and experience this truly unique place for yourself.
TWID 228, York Road, Battersea, SW11 3SJ
Please check their website for performers and the menu, as both change regularly