The Jam Tree, Clapham
The Jam Tree is a little walk away from Clapham Common. It is a lovely, warm and spacious art deco gastro pub. This month they’re opening a T-bone steak and lobster pop up. The idea is simple yet alluring. Your choice is reduced to meat, a beautifully matured 28-day aged longhorn steak, or a fresh whole grilled lobster. Ideal if you’re one of those people who can never decide when faced with too much choice. Kill the choice as they say. Both were accompanied with garlic butter, golden French fries and a crisp green salad.
Prior to our mains, we started with the warmly recommended Sotong Manis – battered sticky squids, which it is now my turn to recommend as they were to-die-for. With an amazingly crispy texture and taste, I loved every bite of it and how crunchy they were.
While my friend got tempted by the T-bone steak, I indulged myself with the lobster. The steak was enormous and very good. The lobster was gorgeous and I treated myself eating it. Let’s be honest, it’s a messy job to get the treasure out of its shell but well worth it. The tools provided make it fun and satisfying once you get to eat the flavoursome meat. The texture and subtle sea salt taste is a huge favourite of mine and a definite winner. The sides were very tasty too (especially the salad) and the portion size was spot on.
For dessert, we shared a banoffee mess, an interesting and original twist on the classic Eton mess: a heady mix of, banana, hazelnut meringue, cognac, whipped custard and toffee. All presented in a glass, devoured easily. It was rich and comforting yet light enough and not too sweet. We indulged ourselves with a bottle of Merlot to help everything go down smoothly.
I definitely recommend you go and have a taste. It’s an easy choice, no-brainer fun diner, classy for a date or fun with friends. But hurry – this pop-up won’t be around forever!
The Jam Tree
13 Old Town
Tel: 020 3397 4422