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123 Queenstown Rd. Send to Phone
020-7622 0555
Underground: None nearby

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Stepping Stone Restaurant Review

: Battersea is not usually associated with style or gastronomy, although this particular stretch of Queenstown Road has always had a sterling culinary provenance, accommodating superchefs Nico Ladenis and Christian Delteuil during the 1980s. While the Stepping Stone is not pitched at that level, it is a prime example of a superior neighbourhood restaurant. Having cornered the local market, which means upmarket 30-somethings who also bring in their parents and friends, the socio-demographics are as much SW3 as SW8. Décor is minimal in design though maximum in delivery. A simple formula combines stretches of white with blocks of vivid colour, creating effective contrasts, and a fresh, Contemporary setting that showcases the diner rather than the designer. A recent extension has also created a separate bar area, so apéritifs can be taken at the counter rather than at the table. Staff are professionally friendly, and speak knowledgeably about dishes, which is important as the menu’s purely factual nature belies the creativity of presentation and skillful integration of flavours: warm salad of chorizo, morcilla black pudding and poached egg; roast duck breast, braised red cabbage, fondant potato, and rhubarb crumble tart, thick custard deliver far more on the palate. Set 2-course lunch Mon.-Fri. £13.


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