This newly opened cafe / restaurant/ wine bar seems to have been plopped form nowhere into its somewhat questionable location in Clarence Road, Clapton, E5.
My friend lives just down the road. She enters the well crafted, black and wooden interior, looks around and muses “Is Clapton ready for this?”. A few moments later with some talk about the changes in Lower Clapton and we guess the neighbourhood is getting there. And fast! The rush of new places to eat and drink in the area is astonishing. Verden seems to up the anti in style and atmosphere; the kind of place you might take your parents, or treat yourself to a long casual dinner on a Friday.
With slick branding, lovely easy-going service and some mouth watering menu choices, it appears to live up to expectations.
For our brunch on Sunday, bloody marys were much appreciated – impressively garnished and made with freshly pressed real tomatoes, popped with spice and vodka. My avocado on toast was nicely seasoned but could have done with a kick of lemon or chilli. My friend’s club sandwich was filled to the edges with chicken, cheese, salad and a layer of lardo. Fat on fat = tasty!
Would be nice to explore more meals here or the cheese, charcuterie and wine combinations tempting us from the counter. The deserts look wonderful too, but I am a sucker for anyone that will offer me cheesecake.
For menus and more info head to their website, verdene5.com