"Comforting British food in Wandsworth"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
As we traipse further and further into residential greenery, we begin to wonder whether we’re going in the wrong direction. In fact we’re just unfamiliar with the leafiness of Wandsworth, and once we arrive we encounter what seems to be a popular after-work spot as there are plenty of people outside.
We step in to find a cosy interior thanks to walls lined with bookshelves and kitchen artefacts. It’s only a Tuesday but the place is bustling with drinkers, dining couples and even a large birthday group.
The menu is British and hearty. To start, Friend chooses the fried duck egg on toast with mushrooms (£6.50). A variety of wild mushrooms sliced and fried in liberal amounts of garlic and oil, plus a duck egg sprinkled with plenty of salt make up this rich-tasting dish.
The poached salmon terrine (£6.50) is creamy and smooth in texture with lovely briny capers. It comes with a drizzle of dill mayonnaise, toast, and watercress.
Friend decides to go for a traditional fish and chips with mushy peas (£10.50). A large portion of battered fish with hand cut chips - served in a paper bag, fish ‘n’ chip shop-style - arrives, with a pot of tartare sauce and tasty peas that are surprisingly un-mushy.
The rolled breast of veal (£12.50) has been twisted into a circle before cooking, retaining a ring of fat around it which has allowed the veal to cook in its own juices, however I find the fatty layer a little too thick. The Swiss chard provides a welcome crunch, and the creamed celeriac goes well with both the meat and veg.
For desserts we opt for a chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream (£5.75). Warm chocolate sauce oozes out, however the pistachio flavour is barely perceptible. It is the rhubarb and custard brulée (£5.75) that excels however, creamy with a hefty layer of fruity rhubarb, it is deliciously moreish.
Food at this Wandsworth gastro-pub is comforting and hearty, ideal for fans of British grub. Expect to pay around £65 for a three course meal for two with wine.
Leila reviewed The East Hill on Thu 24 Jun 2010