Goats’ Cheese Fondue, Marinated Artichoke & Beetroot Focaccia at Frog on The Green, Nunhead

27 Nov

LOCATION: Frog on The Green, 119 Consort Road, SE15 3RU [map]

PRICE: £4.50

BREAD: Foccacia (I like to pronounce this FOCK A CHEE YA because I am childish)

FILLING: Goats’ cheese (where am I supposed to put that apostrophe? It’s more than one goat so I’m cool, right? I mean, it can’t be the milk from a solitary bearded gnarly old goat can it?), marinated artichokes and beetroot, salad leaves and a mustardy dressing.

PROS: Pro diddy pro diddy pro pro pro. I’m going to start by talking about the guy that owns this place; his name is John Gionleka. He used to work at The Square when Brett Graham was there and he jacked in the cheffing lark to open a little deli in Peckham. Respeck, blud! *finger whip*. So the point of me telling you this other than that it is interesting, is that it really bloody shows in his sandwiches. So instead of just spreading some goats’ cheese in his sandwich, he made a flippin fondue, yo! Of course he did, he’s a chef. He knows the fondue will be well gooey, giving that sandwich lots of sexy lubey love. Then there’s the veg and again it’s all about the attention to detail; artichokes, which are actually one of my favourite vegetables in the world and then beetroot which are, well, ditto. There are fresh mixed leaves which provide texture without coming out in one big piece and slapping against the chin, and they appear to be dressed in something heavy on the wholegrain mustard. I watch John making the sandwich and he does so with proper care and attention; controlling the ooze of the fondue, teasing the vegetables into submission, tangling the salad and dressing it, before seasoning with a genuine flourish.

This is one of the best (and largest) sandwiches to be had in SE London, and I say that confidently without even having tried them all. Also, ALSO, there was a cat. No not in the sandwich you sick mo fos!!! Hanging about around the deli. I am crazy cat lady. I could easily own about ten cats and start hoarding stuff and making wigs and cushions out of cat hair if only my friends and family would let me. Also, we ate our sandwiches listening to reggae. You look at this photo of Frog on The Green and tell me if you would expect to hear reggae inside. No, no you wouldn’t. This is the coolest deli ever. Fact.

CONS: Apparently (I say ‘apparently’ because I actually see this as a bonus), the sandwich was a little too large (HA HA HA, seriously?). I am told it was a little too ‘bready’. I can but report back.

SCORE: 9/10

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15 Responses to “Goats’ Cheese Fondue, Marinated Artichoke & Beetroot Focaccia at Frog on The Green, Nunhead”

  1. hollowlegs November 27, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    I don’t understaaaaand (or perhaps I’m blinded by my vegan cheese-lust) how do you fondue a sandwich? Or was the bread dipped in a fondue?

    I want cheese and sandwich please. (Too big is not a con. It’s a pro. But you knew that.)

  2. Catherine November 27, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Very descriptive. Was that your first time there? Haven’t had any sandwiches there yet, only coffee and pear cake and they were good.

  3. Blonde November 27, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    YUM. That sounds like almost the perfect sandwich (especially if it comes complete with cat).

    Also: totally with you on goats’, otherwise it’s one overachieving caprine.

  4. Alicia (foodycat) November 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    I tend to mix up the apostrophe so at least about 1 time in 3 I get it right. But seriously, that would take this single origin malarky to new heights.

  5. Florian Siepert November 27, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    More things: On my first visit, John played Rage Against The Machine records very, very, very loudly and pronounced that everyone who didn’t like them in their youth was emotionally dead. Then he gave me free beer.

    On my second visit, John cooked a six course tasting menu for me. In a Nunhead Deli. For around £18, if I remember correctly.

    Lastly, often there is a guy in there who looks like hipster Hamid Karzai and who carries an instrument that resembles a weird mountain harp.

    Frog on the Green forever.

  6. zelda November 30, 2012 at 3:32 am #

    Aww, love the ginger cat!

  7. Jasmit December 1, 2012 at 11:33 am #

    Please eat more sandwiches…gives me something interesting to read at work!! Cambridge is rather…lacking on the culinary fireworks.

  8. Catherine December 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    I had a cup of his ham, chickpea and cuttlefish soup as served outside Moxons on Lordship Lane on Saturday. Mmmm good.

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