Minnow will open in Clapham Common in July, serving European dishes from breakfast through to dinner, with brunch on weekends.
The new restaurant is the brainchild of Chris Frichot, who grew up at Knockinaam Lodge Hotel in Scotland and has previously worked at Caravan, Hawksmoor and Hoi Polloi, so he knows plenty about hospitality.
With support from his fiancée Saba Tsegaye and former Social Wine and Tapas head chef Jake Boyce in the kitchen, Frichot has created a bright space with indoor trees, greenery and a long marble bar on the ground floor, and an open kitchen downstairs.
A hand-tiled mosaic floor leads to a small back door where a walled garden provides space for quest to sit outside, and tables will further spill out onto the pavement out the front.
An honesty box will be stocked with juices for Clapham residents, cocktails take inspiration from local icons and landmarks, wine will be served in pay-as-you-drink bottles, and local beer will be available on tap.
From the kitchen, Boyce will deliver dishes including squid with lemongrass, lime and ginger; baby octopus with curry leaf paste and charred green mango; and caramelised watermelon with a blood orange and Campari sorbet.
“We’ve decided to call ourselves Minnow because we know that we’re going to be a small, but fiercely independent, fish in a big pond – but it’s something we’re proud of,” says Tsegaye.
“We have been working very hard alongside Jake to make sure we’ll be bringing something different and delicious to the neighbourhood, which is what we’re most excited about, living just around the corner ourselves.”