Last week we were in Clapham for the much anticipated re-launch of Esca based on Clapham High Street. Previously serving as a delicatessen for 12 years, the establishment had been closed for four months for a makeover. It’s now a restaurant and bar that’s going to be a great addition to Clapham. The interior, designed by Stephen Coates, Paul Gorringe and Paul Davis, has a perfect blend of modern and rustic. Church candles overhang the bar and tables and the walls reveal exposed brickwork. It creates a wonderful setting and atmosphere for an evening.
We were greeted with a cocktail called the Blood and Sand – the head barman was very keen for us to try this cocktail and it did not disappoint. The main spirit was a scotch whiskey and it had a very smoky taste, a must-try for when you visit. After having a few drinks and speaking with a few of the people behind the concept, the food began to come round.
The menu ranges from small sharing plates, homemade burgers in brioche buns, fish, and meat cooked on the authentic charcoal grill. My particular favourite was the prawns wrapped in bacon – you must try these when you head down there. There was a good variety on the menu and definitely something for everyone to enjoy. The evening ended with desserts including chocolate and fruit tarts which were delicious!
A special thank you must go to Stefano and Piluca who were wonderful hosts on the evening. The restaurant opens on the 9th of September and we’ll definitely be heading back to try out the full menu.