As many of you Londoners must know, the Breakfast Club is possibly the popular breakfast joint in town. Slowly, it has spread its wings to Soho and now (finally) a bit further west to Battersea. With this reproduction and gradual migrations, it has spawned something else. I know it has a conjoined secret bar in the Spitalfields one but this is something smaller, weirder and more moustache-based.
Attached to the side of the new Breakfast Club in Battersea, is the “King of Ladies Man.” Apart from the somewhat corrupt syntax (or lack of) in the title, it is a cunning name for another contender in the SW suburban scene.
First, you have to embarrassingly ask the waiters at the Breakfast Club if you are in the right place, they give you a sly smile, half of which to say “people have told you it’s here, but you can’t see it immediately so… the balls in my court.” You are led through a glass door (which you would never have given a second glance at if you were there breakfasting at the Club) through a launderette, decked with all the retro machines and posters, and into the bar.
Then the revelation occurs, that you are in fact, in a cocktail bar on Battersea Rise. Considering you have passed through a restaurant and a launderette, you enter the King of Ladies Man slightly bewildered. We sit down and with a smile; the menus arrived at the table.
Having read about KOLM on the Nudge, I was already in the know about the house speciality – Mac and Cheese – I would describe it as Pot Noodle Style – and array of grilled cheese sandwich toasties. I did not realise that this obsession with cheese was going to extend to the drinks, please note the cheese and membrillo hanging martini-style of the side of my glass.
We had BBQ Pulled Pork and smoked applewood cheese and one with chargrilled red peppers, sun-sweet tomatoes, pickled chillies and Manchego cheese, accompanied by Palm Potato Fries and Sea Salt Endamame.
The Mac an Cheese was deliciously warming and serious value for money, considering you need about 3 mouthfuls before you are full to the brim (considering this was one of the hottest days of the year, it might be more suited to a winter’s evening.)
The King of Ladies Man was a great evening’s entertainment, definitely a must for people searching for something different to the usual haunt of Clapham Junction. It is weird and wonderful but sadly, I can’t help but think that it is missing a trick….
5-9 Battersea Rise, SW11 1HG