Queenswood London, is the new venture founded by restaurateurs Sax Arshad and Antonio Cardoso. Their first step south of the river, Queenswood London is located in trendy Battersea Square. All fine dining and crisp cocktails, Queenswood has certainly brought a taste of Soho dining to Battersea.
Previously, Arshad and Cardoso have build a their reputation with Damson and Co, Manchester’s Mughli restaurants and the Zanna group. This latest addition to their portfolio, offers healthy (but delicious) low fuss food in an urban setting.
A gorgeous space, the restaurant’s laid-back vibe is edgy and rustic. There is also a fair share of eye-catching designs on the walls, and plenty of art to be appreciated.
From the moment you walk in, the friendly staff make you feel more than welcome. A charming waitress greeted me with a lovely smile and led me to my table. She read me the specials and recommended some of her favourite dishes with real pride and enthusiasm, that I felt like I was eating her own home cooked delights in the comfort of her kitchen.
When I asked what meat free options she had, she assured me that vegans and vegetarians are particularly looked after in Queenswood, with a wide variety of dishes.
Specials such as Vegan Avocado risotto, which is a mix of red pepper, asafetida spice, brunoise veg and micro basil, or Israeli Cous Cous with ptitim with tomato cream, smoked labneh cheese pint nuts and herbs had me watering at the mouth.
All the meat and seafood dishes are ethically and sustainably produced, with a focus on healthy food. We ordered one of the avocado risottos and a hake filet, with a red lentil dhal and a fennel salad for our mains. The unique and fragrant flavour of each dish made every mouthful subtly delicious. Every dish is infused with complex flavours and mountains of colour, each mouthful designed to tantalize your taste buds.
On the weekends they are rarely without a queue, particularly at brunch the waitress tells me, I’m not surprised. She told me ‘people want a move away from the traditional English breakfast, but still want a hearty breakfast, without the mid morning slump’. The brunch options at Queenswood certainly seem to do the trick. With options like smashed avocado on mustard toast or mushrooms on mascarpone toast what’s not to like?
A gorgeous location for lazy brunches on sunny days, or early evening suppers, Queenswood will be open Monday to Sunday, breakfast through to dinner.
Terrace dining is perfect for enjoying the last of the blue skies, so try and visit sooner rather than later to truly enjoy London’s autumnal sun.
Queenswood London, 15 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA. 020 7228 8877. Nearest station: Imperial Wharf