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