BLADES RESTAURANT AND GRILL
94 Lower Richmond Road, Putney. SW15 1LL
Telephone: 020 8789 0869
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat 12.00-2.30pm 6.00-11.30pm. Open all day Sunday.
All major credit cards accepted.
Nearest Tube: East Putney or Putney BR
Like all good things, this Italian find was stumbled on by chance. It was a typical London blustery wintery day. You know the type. A cold chill that gnaws into your bones, darts and pierces into your ears and turns denim jeans into stiff boards of ice. All we wanted was refuge and a quick bite to eat.
Upon entering we were enveloped by a warm, cosy, intimate environment. Our minds were set at ease when the charming waiter opened his mouth. Strong Italian accent complemented his halting English. Well more authentic than cockney right? We were further put at ease by the charming owner who made sure we were well looked after through-out the meal.
Attentive and friendly service is the name of the game. We were promptly served and guided through every dish on their specials blackboard. Their ala carte menu is simple and reasonably priced, serving all major food groups – most notably leaning towards the seafood side.
For starters we were delighted with warming wild mushroom soup (£3.85). Thick, robust and packed full of flavour. The pumpkin soup (£3.45) was equally tantalising. Roasted pumpkin seeds sprinkled on top gave it a nutty twist.
For mains we had Linguine marinara (£7.95) which arrived impressively ringed by fresh, succulent mussels. The tomato-based sauce was rich and herby, with just the right hint of sweetness. The prawns, scallops and calamari were fresh and flavoursome. A top-notch marinara sauce.
I had the grilled rainbow trout with butter and parsley sauce (£8.75) served with a massive side of roasted potatoes, steamed carrots, beans and cauliflower. Once again this was impeccable and difficult to fault. Trout tasted like it had gasped its last breath that morning. Yup – it was fresh.
What started as a quick lunch, ended as a truly satisfying meal complemented by their light, fruity Italian house red. Altogether we paid £31 for two soups, mains and house red. A warm and friendly Italian local well worth a visit to.
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