Going out for dinner with my husband, just the two of us, is a rare treat these days and an evening at TWID (That’s What I Do) seemed like the perfect way to spend some quality time together. Located in Battersea, this new cocktail bar and restaurant, promising live opera and amazing food, opened just a few months ago.
As we came in through the curtained entrance, we stepped straight into the décor and furnishings of a Victorian theatre, laid out with booths downstairs and balcony tables upstairs. Red and gold curtains are draped around each booth, while paintings are framed with gold trimmings. Ceiling chandeliers and individual table lamps complete the cosy atmosphere. This is a place you come for a romantic dinner or an evening out with friends. Kids are probably best left at home.
By the time I arrived, Graham was already sitting in an upstairs booth sipping on a cocktail. I took a seat by the window. Cocktails in hands, we scanned the restaurant and noticed a large table downstairs set up as a stage. It looked like we were in for a theatrical evening.
TWID has a versatile menu offering not only a selection of tapas size fish and meat dishes, such as Scallops with Kale, Raspberries and Hazelnuts or Venison Medallions but also a a choice of raw, vegan and vegetarian food. We opted for the following:
- Quinoa Stuffed Mushroom with Superfood Salad, Pine Nuts, Basil (middle right of photo below)
- Raw Spiced Falafel with Avocado, Mango and Pomegranate Salad (bottom of photo)
- Raw Vegan Sushi Terrine with Nori, Miso, Avocado, Organic Soy Sauce (middle left)
- Aubergine with Goat Cheese & Walnuts (top)
What a feast! It ticked all the right boxes. The Raw Vegan Sushi Terrine was fabulous and by far my favourite. It tasted like and has a very similar texture to regular sushi. The raw Falafel was a perfect match for the Avocado and Mango Salad. The Quinoa Stuffed Mushroom and Aubergine with Goat Cheese had a more traditional yet delicious feel that Graham particularly liked.
For dessert we decided to share a plate of four raw organic vegan desserts:
- Strawberry Cheesecake
- Chocolate Cake
- Carrot Cake
- Mango Cheesecake
While I am not necessarily a fan of raw food, these sweets were scrumptious. They had the right balance of sweetness and flavours. If you fancy something different, the dessert menu also includes non vegan Baklava, Salted Caramel Cake, Vanilla Cheesecake or a cheese platter.
The food menu is paired with a generous drinks selection of cocktails, beers, wines, liqueurs & spirits.
As we enjoyed our food, Opera Mayhem singer Toby Sims of took on the stage to sing a series of arias in Italian, Russian and French from well known operas such as Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro.
Bursting with personality, Toby did not confine himself to the stage and is probably the most energetic and expressive opera singer I have ever seen. Balancing on ledges and stairs he even took to engaging his audience by coming up close and personal in each individual booth.
The live performance was made up of sets of 4 opera pieces with intervals of 25 mins between each which gave us time to enjoy the music while still having a conversation. At 10pm, a DJ took over with some lounge music.
TWID is possibly the quirkiest place we have been to for a while. The food was excellent and the menu diverse enough to suit different diets from vegans to carnivores. The experience was made even more enjoyable by the super friendly staff and the unique personality of Toby Sims. You need to try it for yourself.
TWID – 228 York Road, Battersea, London, SW11 3SJ
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday: Midday-3pm and 6pm-12pm (Sundays close at 10pm)
Live opera singers perform daily at intervals between 7 and 10pm, with a DJ on deck from 10pm-12am.
Visit www.twid-restaurantbar.co.uk or call 0207 223 2125 for table bookings
Twitter and Instagram: @TWIDBar
Thanks to TWID to treat us to a complimentary dinner. All thoughts and opinions are my own.