Review on Arlo's
Arlo's is a gem of a neighbourhood restaurant that opened in the summer of 2016 on Ramsden Road, just off Balham High Road and a short walk from Balham station. It's the brainchild of Tom McNeile, the former Managing Director of the cookery school chain L'atelier des Chefs who wanted to provide diners with unusual and affordable cuts of steak. The dining room is unpretentious with whitewashed brickwork, simple tables and chairs together with green banquette seating. In summer there's the added bonus of a small terrace for al fresco dining situated at the front of the restaurant.
The kitchen places great emphasis on the finest grass-fed beef from British native breeds showcasing a concise menu of interesting cuts of steak. Bavette is their cheapest and signature steak, a classic butcher's steak and France's favourite cut, it's juicy, full of flavour with a fantastic texture. An alternative is the 7 Bone, a boneless cut from the shoulder, a marbled and tender steak with great depth of flavour. For a sweet finish there's a dark chocolate tart on a crushed Oreo base with honey-poached forest fruit or ice cream Pavlova with passion fruit and mango coulis, raspberry rippled mascarpone and mint sugar. Children are made very welcome and have their own menu with a choice of two main courses, steak, broccoli and chips or macaroni cheese, broccoli and carrots.
To accompany the food there's a well-priced wine list, cocktails, beer, cider and freshly made milk shakes, together with a warm and friendly service.
Restaurant Opening Times
Breakfast: All day from 10.00am Sat & Sun
Lunch: 12.00 through until
Dinner: 10.00pm (11.00pm Fri & 10.30pm Sat & Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card