Even on a wet and gloomy night in west London Brew Putney is a haven of Antipodean sunshine and bonhomie. The restaurant’s heated terrace is buzzing, potent cocktails – such as Dingos Got My Baby, a moreish blend of bourbon, ginger beer, lime and vanilla – are in plentiful supply and the smell of steaks grilling on the barbecue wafts through the air.
The Putney branch is the newest and largest addition to Brew’s four London restaurants. Set up by Australian chef Jason Wells, Brew offers a menu inspired not only by his home country but also by his travels to gourmet destinations like New York and Israel. Expect wood-fired pizzas with inventive toppings such as chorizo, king prawn and chilli butter or curried monkfish with lime pickle, mint, coriander and yoghurt.
Other mains are consistently good and one bite of the soft-shell crab burger, served with apricot chutney, fries and aioli, is almost enough to convince me that I’m on Manly beach. The sirloin steak, aged in the in-house dry-aging fridge for 42 days and grilled on the barbecue before our very eyes, is sublime and served simply with a great salad.
Brew isn’t just a popular after-dark dining spot, its breakfasts and brunches are legendary among locals. To start the day, the restaurant offers an impressive array of freshly squeezed juices, smoothies and hearty plates like pancakes or Turkish eggs with yoghurt, hot chilli butter and toasted pide. Those who aren’t morning people will also appreciate Brew’s Breakfast in Bed option, where guests can tuck into breakfast lounging on Bedouin-inspired beds and snuggled under blankets as they sip Bollinger champagne. Whatever the weather, it’s certainly not a bad way to to start the day.
Brew, 162-164 Lower Richmond Road, London SW15 1LY, +44 (0)20 8789 8287, brew-cafe.com