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SW6, Locale – Dinner

Locale has become a Munster Road landmark frequented by families, couples and young fresh faced Fulham-folk. It’s an authentic Italian dog-friendly restaurant owned and run by a delightfully Scottish man called Douglas.Fulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sun

I love how (my insight comes from chatting with Douglas) Locale’s fresh produce is sourced from London’s Borough Market, the meat from a fine Italian importer, and cheeses direct from a meticulously sourced family-run Italian contact – solid groundwork for colourful fresh recipes.Fulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sun

All Locale’s staff are joyfully Italian which makes for a home away from home atmosphere and after a couple of G&T’s on the sunny terrace we sat down for dinner in a cosy candlelit corner.Fulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sunFulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sun

The inside has been decorated with all sorts of Italian food focused photography.Fulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sun

The bar is well known in the area for lively cocktail parties on the terrace in the sun (happy hour is Monday to Friday 5-7pm), it’s an early start so tread carefully…..Fulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sun

As you’d expect from a local Italian, the menu offers plenty of choice for everyone. The starters focus mainly on fish, and the mains are a great mix of pizza and pasta (gluten-free available) or meat and fish and the puddings menu of Gelati’s, Panna Cotta and cakes – very Italian and indulgent.

The first of the starters were three big juicy fresh pan-fried scallops with cauliflower puree, rocket and crispy pancetta – a beautifully presented generous helping which were juicy and delicious.scollops menu salad dinner

The second was a fascinating looking trio of deep fried soft shell crab with saffron and dill mayo which was ordered as a little experiment for me as it sounded exotic. I enjoyed the experience of something new, but perhaps not going to become a regular of mine. (The Calamari and tartar sauce sounded delicious).Fulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sun

 For main we both chose the Superfood Salad with slow-roasted tomato, basil, mozzarella, beans, radishes, leaves and dressed with lemon and olive oil – it had been highly recommended by a fellow regular diner. The lemon dressing really brought it to life and the fresh basil added a great flavour.  I have to say, it was the mozzarella that stole the show – delicately creamy with a perfectly soft texture, I could have eaten mountains of it.  All in all, this was a simple dish that really showed off the fresh ingredients. If you’re not pretending to be on diet like me and need something with more punch – the meat dishes looked and smelled amazing.

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The Superfood Salad (Vegetarian)
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The Superfood Salad with chicken

On the note of a deluded diet, dessert for me was a big rich ‘Torta al Cioccolato’ (flourless chocolate cake with spring fruit compote), the ‘flourless’ method made it more like a thick mousse. Real home made feel, proper comfort food and I loved it!Fulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sun

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delicious Zucchini Fritti

 My friend ordered the ‘Formaggi Misti con Biscotti’ – four Italian cheeses served with fruit bread. I thought the accompanying dish of honey was a nice touch – a traditional pairing for Pecorino cheese. Fulham dinner italian cocktails bar salad pizza sun

 Locale really lends itself to making you feel totally relaxed. The terrace is the perfect spot for a couple (or a dozen) of happy hour cocktails (the Spiced Ginger Mojito or an Elderflower Collins have my name on them) or a long brunch in the sunshine, and the dinner atmosphere is brilliant for a casual evening with friends and family.IMG_1078

The Locale family doesn’t stop in Fulham, you can enjoy their Italian delights in Blackheath or Southbank.

 x The Whistler x

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