Stylish all-day bakery and deli Somewhere over Knowhere have launched an evening service on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Think candle-lit sharing tables, and a very simple, low-priced menu – with just a handful of starters and mains.
We’ve been a couple of times recently, and enjoyed both visits. Try the home-made sourdough and rich veal jus to start, perhaps, or chargrilled cauliflower and romanesco (yup, it’s ubiquitous right now) with parmesan dip.
There are generally four or five mains. Southern French classic pissaladienne, topped with roasted veg and ricotta, is fun to tear apart with friends, while a moreish lamb neck fillet – an underrated and inexpensive cut – comes with salad, yoghurt and pomegranates. It’s tangy, tender and meaty in equal measures.
Also recommended? A superior pork belly and apple pie, which oozes slow-cooked warmth, more than welcome on yet another freezing night. A couple of dishes weren’t such a hit, including a more workaday beetroot and blue cheese linguine.
It still feels like early days, and can be a little quiet in fact, especially if you eat before 8pm, but no matter: owners Helen and Ash underline that Supper at Somewhere is a work-in-progress, and to reflect this the prices are more than fair: starters are from £4, mains £7.50-£9.50, and desserts £3 (lest we forget, the pistachio bourbon chocolate pot is a corker). The upshot is that this probably makes it the most reasonable dinner out in town – and certainly one of the most atmospheric.
No cocktails, by the way, just a basic selection of Italian house red and white (at £4 a glass), and two bottled beers (also £4). If, however, after you’ve eaten, you’re lusting after something stronger, there’s a secret door downstairs to their acclaimed bar, Knowhere Special, where the vibe is noticeably more sybaritic.