I’ve been a regular goer of Market House since it’s launch back in May, where I’ve danced to old skool classics, funk, disco and soulful house on a number of occasions. It labels itself as a ‘speakeasy’, which I neither see, nor get, but I do love its quirky (check out the ceiling lampshades), shabby chic vintage feel and laid-back vibe – it’s not bad for catching a bit of eye candy too! I was invited to try the food on my last visit as I had only ever had drinks there – which are very good by the way – the raspberry mojito is a particular favourite of mine.
To start, my companion and I ordered a selection of items from the sharing dishes: whitebait with lemon aioli; chicken wings and blue cheese dip; and asparagus wrapped in Parma ham. I like whitebait to have a crisp coat, these sadly did not and were also a bit limp, but it was seasoned well and the accompanying aioli had a good kick of garlic and lemon. The chicken wings were very good and very tasty, but the blue cheese dip was way too overpowering and left a strong, bitter aftertaste. The asparagus and Parma ham was delicious.
For main, I ordered the ‘Summer Style Fish and Chips’ and my friend went for the roast vegetable and goat’s cheese tart. The fish was in fact salmon and had a batter coating which, although light, was overall too heavy and a bit greasy – a non ‘oily’ fish would have worked better. The chips however, were amazingly good – crisp and chunky with little sprigs of rosemary setting them off a treat. I got a bout of ‘food envy’ when I tasted my friend’s tart as it was really good, packed full of flavour and most definitely the stand out dish thus far.
To finish, I went for the home-made chocolate brownie and my friend the summer trifle – both decadent and both sinfully good.
Market House is a good all-rounder and most of the food is sourced from the nearby markets. They’ve recently opened the upstairs floor, which is available to hire for events and parties.
A 3-course meal for two, not including drinks, is £35 approx.
Food I Fancy dined as a guest.
443 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LN
Tel: 020 7095 9443