Monday, 29 February 2016

Naughty Piglets

This Little Piggy 

This little piggy went to market and found something rather special. By 'market', this little piggy means she took the tube to Brixton and trotted down the road to Tulse Hill in search of Naughty Piglets and another cheeky little piggy who'd also been dying to check it out.

Opening without much fuss or faff but plenty of acclaim to those in the know, Naughty Piglets is simply one of those places that just does it right. Almost instantly you know it's going to bring joy to your day and add an extra spring to your step. My fellow piggy couldn't have agreed with me more!

Perched unassumingly on Brixton Water Lane, wine bar and charcoal grill, Naughty Piglets was set up by French super couple, Margaux Aubry (Terroirs) and Joe Sharratt (The Trinity). With that sort of experience, we were always going to be in for something special. The weekly changing menu and seasonal dishes cleverly persuade you to keep coming back for more. Cheeky!

An open kitchen to peer into and a beautifully smooth wooden bar to watch from, sets the scene in this duck egg washed interior. It has one of those immediately relaxing atmospheres and you won't be disappointed by the stunning creations that the kitchen produces.

If you are sharing (unless otherwise requested), each dish arrives separately so you can properly savour the creations one by one.

We started with the croquettes (£4), crispy mouthfulls of creamy potato and salty pieces of ham. More of these little guys were ordered 'to go' at the end of the meal. Yes, that good! Laden up a conveyor belt of these beauties and you've got two very happy piglets!

Onto grilled pear with artichoke crisps, hazelnut and blue cheese (£7), which has reminded me just how bloody great pears can be. Onwards and upwards you fruity friends! Not being attuned to blue cheese yet, this dish was devoured by piggy no2 who proclaimed it to be one of her favourite dishes ever. High praise from a trustworthy source!

I decided to be a little adventurous in my selection and went for the Boudin Noir, Cuttle Fish and Capers (£9). While I'm not a raving fan of black pudding (making my choice seem somewhat reckless), here is a dish I'd eat time and time again. The citrus chewiness of the cuttlefish complemented the meaty texture beneath and had me well and truly converted.

The Roast Cod, Peanut and perfectly seasoned Dashi broth (£12) was our next creative culinary adventure. The fish was flakey and melt in the mouth with the peanut buttery whip adding that extra bite and crunch to the dish. 

BBQ Pork Belly, Sesame and Korean Spices (£10) was the final winner on this menu of champions. Tumbling apart with a sauce that we definitely didn't want to dip our fingers into, this dish was a superb ending to a fabulous feast.

This time, stomach space and time restraints didn't allow for dessert or to taste the impressive natural wine selection, which just means a return trip is completely necessary (no complaining there)!

So you naughty little piglets, you just keep doin' what you're doin', we absolutely love it!

Opening hours 
Tuesday 6-10pm
Wed-Thurs 12pm-2.30pm and 6pm-10pm
Fri-Sat 12pm-3pm 6-10 
Sunday 12pm to 4pm

28 Brixton Water Lane, London SW2 1PE
020 7274 7796 


  1. Our event could not have gone more smoothly. Huge thanks to the amazing managers from venues in Los Angeles for their consummate professionalism and outstanding hospitality. We look forward to many more years at this lovely place.