Set up by those behind Soho's popular Damson & Co, Queenswood is a neighbourhood restaurant so good, you may be tempted to move closer. Located in Battersea Square, it's a pocket of continental loveliness moments from Clapham Junction station; go on a warm summer's evening and you'll soon feel the charm, watching the sun set with a glass of rosé in hand, surrounded by really-really-ridiculously-good-looking locals.
The interior of the restaurant is elegant and cosy, complete with a well-stocked bar to tide you over until your table is ready. However, during the warmer months, the outside area is idyllic – go early to nab an al fresco table before I beat you to it.
And now for the main event: the food. Everything is absolutely splendid: the menu changes regularly, boasting beautiful meaty dishes with middle-eastern influences, inventive vegan and vegetarian fare and the most delicious crispy squid I've ever had in London (light batter, soft squid and subtly spiced dipping sauce - it's not to be missed). It's a great balance of naughty and nice, meaning those on a health kick can eat out without having to order house salad with dressing on the side (darling, life's too short).
On my recent trip, I tucked into the vegan risotto cooked in a herby chlorophyll stock with soy beans, spring onions, fresh coriander and tofu cubes; light and tasty, it makes the perfect summer supper. My boyfriend ordered the lamb dish, which was demolished in a matter of minutes, before he proclaimed it was the best lamb he's ever eaten in a restaurant. That's quite a feat, Queenswood. You should be proud.
Open daily from 8AM until late, Queenswood is up there with the best spots in London – if you're staying SW, it's worth a visit... And another... And one more for luck.
Next up? Brunch. Stay tuned for the verdict.
Queenswood is open every day from 8AM serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, drinks and dinner. Book a table here, then view lots of lovely food porn here. Follow the restaurant on Twitter at @QueenswoodLdn