The area around Battersea Power Station is fast becoming one of my favourite places in London. It’s been through a huge regeneration recently and so many fab spots have opened up over the past few months including branches of the amazing self service wine bar Vagabond and Wright Brothers seafood restaurant, alongside many others. The area itself is absolutely beautiful, particularly in summer, and I love spending time there. The Power Station is now the perfect place for day drinks on a warm day (please let us have some of these soon!) I was really happy to find out that my favourite restaurant chain D&D were opening a new Italian venue, Fiume (Italian for river, clever) earlier this year and have since visited twice to test it out!
My first visit was on a super freezing and windy January day when my best friend Matt and I popped into Fiume for dinner on a Tuesday night. D&D run amazing deals via the Evening Standard at selected times throughout the year and at Fiume they offered two courses from a set menu and a glass of wine for £20. Absolute bargain! Sadly it was too cold and dark to enjoy the riverside views but the restaurant interior is beautiful and the atmosphere is really relaxed. It was the perfect spot for us to chat over dinner.
For starter Matt opted for Pumpkin and Mascarpone Soup – an ideal choice for winter. As a seafood lover the obvious pick for me was Barbecued Mackerel with Broccoli, Garlic and Chilli. The other option on the menu was Buffalo Mozzarella salad – so something for everyone, and we both really enjoyed our choices.
Pumpkin and Mascarpone Soup, Barbecued Mackerel with Broccoli, Garlic and Chilli
When it came to the main course we both opted for Roast Chicken with Mash Potato. The mash potato was my highlight (easily pleased!) – so delicious and creamy, and the chicken was lovely too. The portion was the perfect size – a serving of spinach made sure we didn’t need to order anything on the side. The other choices on the set menu were Salmon with Salsa Verde or a tomato Spaghetti dish – but the a la carte menu at Fiume contains a large variety of other Italian dishes, which I can’t wait to try!
Roast Chicken with Mash Potato
Since we were enjoying the food and the vibe so much, we decided to have dessert too (Tuesday treat day!) and I had a gorgeous Pannacotta with Red Berries whilst Matt’s Tiramisu Amaretto gave me serious food envy. I’d definitely recommend dinner at Fiume – preferably on a sunny day so you can make the most of their outdoor seating area!
Pannacotta with Red Berries, Tiramisu Amaretto
Knowing that Fiume now offers brunch too, I just had to try it, so Matt and I headed back there this weekend with his partner Stefan. The weekend brunch menu has several standard brunch dishes including Eggs Benedict, alongside a selection of items from the main menu including some desserts! You can also order either poached or scrambled eggs with a selection of garnishes and breads.
As I was super late turning up, Matt and Stefan ordered a Margherita Pinsa for us to share while they waited (soz) Basically a mini pizza on ciabatta bread, this was just what we needed at an Italian brunch!
We all opted for the Italian Job – roasted tomatoes, pancetta, grilled polenta, avocado, Tuscan sausage, fried egg (which we swapped for poached, but couldn’t swap for scrambled apparently – although scrambled is on the menu!) It was nice, as brunch at D&D always is, but we were slightly underwhelmed. It didn’t feel like anything special. The grilled avocado was a nice touch though – I have never cooked avocado before or tasted it warm, and was pleasantly surprised! The restaurant and service are great though, and I’ll definitely try again and taste one of the egg dishes – of course.
Italian Job for 3 – roasted tomatoes, pancetta, grilled polenta, avocado, Tuscan sausage, poached eggs
I was obviously pleased to see on the menu that bottomless prosecco is now available at brunch for an additional £15.00 per person. It’s available when ordering a minimum of two courses (which don’t include the actual brunch dishes) and seems to be only whilst you are actually eating – rather than for a specified time limit. To be competitive with other bottomless brunch deals (including at other D&D venues!) it’s a shame this isn’t for the usual 90 minutes or 2 hours.
I’m now on a countdown to summer when I will literally be spending every weekend on the outdoor terraces at Battersea riverside with a glass of prosecco in hand! (Currently trying to convince my boyfriend we need to actually live in the Battersea Power Station development to make the most of this…tbc!)
Outside terrace at Fiume
Here’s one I made earlier in sunnier times (on the terrace at No 29 Power Station West)
Perfect for: riverside eats, al fresco drinks, Italian food lovers
Fiume is located at Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, London, SW8 5BN