Tom Ilic (and an electric blue blazer)

Yesterday was one of those crazy days. I’ll tell you more about my hair debacle on Wednesday, when I’m trying a whole new salon experience with Aveda (there’s a big thumbs down on its way for L’Oreal, I’m afraid), and I’m not sure I even want to go into the finer details of our night out, which include a nearly-fight on the tube and a hideously drunken boy on the bus being slapped senseless by his BFF.

Instead, I’ll just tell you a tiny snippet about the good times we had in Battersea, drinking at the Battersea Mess and Music Hall and eating at Tom Ilic…

Great for a date; this jacket is just £21 in the Red Herring sale (and I promise you faithfully that I styled it much better than this)

I popped on skinny jeans, the sky blue Kurt Geigers, a nude lace body (behave!) and my brand new electric blue blazer (above) from Red Herring for the occasion (a date night, no less) and we started the night in The Battersea Mess and Music Hall off Lavendar Hill.

It was quite a special place for us to pop into and check out; on our first ever date, when it was a crumbling comedy club, we ended up in the late bar there. Now it’s one of Antic’s latest aquisitions and is decked out in the usual style (unabashed shabby chic) with a tasty menu and plenty of interesting drinks on draught. It’s not a particularly fashionable – or even quirky – crowd, but I do love the dusty atmosphere of an Antic bar nonetheless.

Onwards then to Tom Ilic on Queenstown Road – and what a strange place it is. I broadly agree with Time Out’s latest review; the food is absolutely out of this world – my starter (pig’s cheek with garlic & parsley mash and crackling) was so melt-in-the-mouth sensational I could have eaten it five times over. Prices are very reasonable (check Top Table for discounts too) considering the quality and the service is great. But it is definitely in need of a refurb to make the atmosphere more contemporary; the clash between terracotta arches, heavy wooden tables and cream floor tiles vs artfully prepared and presented modern European cuisine is a bit jarring.

More stuffing of the face is due to commence later today when I attend a very sexy (and fashionable) vintage tea party – in the meantime, these little pics (taken with the digital – soz about the quality) might make your mouth water ahead of Sunday lunch…

M’s delicious main: roasted rack of lamb, potato gratin and minted broad beans
My heavenly sea bass (creamy and crispy) was also served with delicious gratin, buttered leeks & girolle mushrooms – portions are generous (I was completely stuffed)
We were sorely tempted by the white chocolate cheesecake with strawberries and black pepper ice cream, but the dark chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream could not be resisted
A very sweet way to end the evening

Product image from Debenhams

Written by Johanna Payton