Food Porn: Satay Cocktail Bar, Brixton

Today i was originally heading to Brixton Village to finally try out the Theatre Restaurant to try out the new Japanese and Carribean fusion menu available there, but alas, in true Rico form, I arrived there ten minutes after the last order for lunch, so the curried mutton ramen would have to wait for another day.
Still ridiculously hungry I looked around for the nearest place i could grab something to eat before I headed to back home, and despited the many offerings in the vicinity, I settled on a place called Satay, which until this point I had assumed was a night club due to all the people clustered outside on a Friday night that i’d often seen. I was wrong, although it was a Cocktail bar, Satays lunchtime menu boasted a range of asia inspired dishes, claiming that meals would set me back around six pound. so obviously i wandered in.WP_20151201_014
The way the tables were set, confused me a little, i must have looked like a lunatic wandering around trying to find a free table that wasn’t reserved or indeed find a vacant place to sit, but i was soon helped by and attractive guy who wore a pleasing tight polo shirt and a warm welcoming smile. He handed me a menu and shuffled off.
The cocktail menu was considerable, but lacked many interesting alternative options like most modern cocktail bars.
The lunch menu said food was from six pound including steamed rice, when, in truth, that only applied to two of the dishes on the menu. The rest averaged at about 13 pound. WP_20151201_005
The strawberry daiquiri could have benefitted greatly from a twist of lime as the flavour was quite flat and almost severely sweet.
However the food was exceptional; the gyoza filled with minced chicken and deep fried, giving it a crispy light parcel with a beautiful crunch, whilst the sweet white vinegar added a sharpness that would have otherwise left is absence from the plate.WP_20151201_010

The chicken katsu curry drew me in from the plate arrangement, as the Japanes ethos is that you eat with your eyes as well as your mouth, meaning if the food it arranged badly on the place, you’d be hesistant to eat, let alone enjoy it.WP_20151201_012The salad was great for those lighter forkfuls, to break up the heavy curry (which admitted tasted more like Thai Red than Katsu curry but was still delicious)

All in all Satay was a pleasant surprise, and i would be willing to go again. My meal totalled an acceptable £20 (which is cheap for London) and the portions were large.
Funnily enough my least favourite item was the Strawberry Daiquiri

Satay gets a 6.5 out of 10, which is above average

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