As a big fan of many south London eateries, I was buzzing to receive an invite to the press evening for Pirana in Balham – the latest addition to Balham’s increasingly more exciting dining scene.
Welcome to Pirana (not Piranha)
Pirana’s South American inspired food and drinks have been designed and sourced by an experienced team, who own and run a number of other great spots in London including; the Imperial Durbar (one of my Tooting Bec faves), Meza (delicious) and the Little Taperia (very nice, just down from Tooting Broadway Station). Pirana is just down Bedford Hill, past the railways bridge, on the opposite side of the road to Balham’s infamous spot, The Bedford (which has now had a refurb and seems to have lost all it’s quirky griminess).
First impressions of Pirana were really positive, the restaurant was modern and colourful, Nick (one of the owners) showed us the kitchen, and back room area. Lauren and I took a seat in the window and ordered pisco sours (buzzin’ for this, one of my favourite drinks after mine and Rach’s South America trip). On offer was a number of plates to try from their main menu.
Feijoda (typical Brazilian dish with black beans, stewed chorizo and bay leaves) loved these, a good rival to the infamous wahaca frijoles, would have liked to find a bit more chorizo in there to be honest. PappaRellena (potato croquetas filled with minced beef, sultanas and pine nuts, served with ricotta cheese and criolla sauce) I did very much enjoy these, however they’ve got a £6.75 price tag, although presented beautifully if you’re planning to share this dish, there wasn’t much to share haha!
The two seafood dishes were amazing. Prawn ceviche with mango, beautiful flavour combinations, could have eaten a lot of that. Sea bass carpaccio with pistachio, lime and strawberry – delicious combinations of sweet and sharp (bit like a pisco sours haha, hard to describe but really delicious).
Our final taste test was Argentinian steak, served with a cilantro dressing (coriander right?), cassava chips and plenty of salad. Really good, just a tad on the salty side, maybe the dressing.
Really enjoyed the food, Lauren and I said we’d definitely go back! There’s plenty of delicious looking wine on the menu and loads of other food we didn’t get our hands on; I will be recommending to friends in London for sure. Thanks to Pirana for a delicious evening, see you soon ☺️.
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