As the best restaurant in Clapham, (well, you wouldn’t argue, would you?), we’re used to being busy. However, I have to admit that I’m a little anxious, making sure we’re fully prepared for a fairly major event.
At the end of August, right through the whole of the weekend, around 40,000 people will be invading Clapham! It’s coming up to time for the South West Four festival, which is a music festival that spans two days, with around 20,000 people coming to Clapham Common on each day. That’s a great many hungry tummies!
Many of them, I’m sure, will be looking out for the best restaurant in Clapham, and we believe that what we have to offer at Eco is just right. Because much of the food available around here is either not filling enough, or too heavy. Those 40,000 young people (young at heart too) will need all their energy in order to keep going for two days solid.
Much of the music is dance music, and that requires plenty of energy to keep going! But at the same time you can hardly strut your stuff if your stomach feels as though it’s got a lead ball in it. Our pizza bases are made using our unique salt dough recipe, making it light and tasty, unlike many pizza bases which can be fairly heavy, and certainly not suited to bouncing up and down for 48 hours afterwards.
Perhaps many of the headline acts will be on the lookout for the best restaurant in Clapham, including Carl Cox, Paul Oakenfold, Judge Jules, Pete Tong, John Digweed, Erick Morillo, Armand Van Helden and Josh Wink, but we’ll welcome anyone who enjoys good food.
If you’re in Clapham at the end of the month, you know where to come, and if you see a few tired people looking a little danced out, you’ll point them in our direction, won’t you?
I’ve been looking through some of the feedback we’ve received as a Clapham pizza restaurant. There are several websites around which include details of us as a Clapham pizza restaurant, and many of these provide the facility for people to leave comments.
It’s really quite eye opening, because although we get a very positive feeling from our customers as they come to visit us, there’s often no opportunity to record people’s verdicts. Those who actively find us online and leave a comment clearly have something to say, and so as one of the highest rated Clapham pizza restaurants online, I felt it my duty to check out the comments.
Apparently there’s one couple who come all the way from Weymouth on a regular basis just to eat here! How marvellous is that? If you’re reading this Demian – thank you!
One of the biggest themes seems to be the quantity of toppings. After all, we don’t think there’s much point serving up a delicious thin and crispy pizza base without celebrating it with a gourmet feast artfully sprinkled on top. Most people would seem to agree, and as a Clapham pizza restaurant our reviews do seem to reflect both the quantity and variety of toppings we offer.
The open pizza bar seems to prove very popular, although this is clearly evident by the number of people visiting it each day! It is also pleasing to see that many people are commenting on how affordable our pizzas and meals are, with cost and taste seeming to go hand in hand, or hand in mouth.
We do what we do because we enjoy it, and we believe passionately in producing good quality food in unique ways that are both healthy and delicious. Reading the comments you’re posting it seems we’re doing things right! This is one Clapham pizza restaurant that listens as well as cooks, and we love hearing from you if you have any thoughts – or if you come from further afield than Weymouth!
Do you know what an oxymoron is? No, it’s not a bit of stupid air, it’s actually a combination of two words which normally contradict each other, such as hot ice, quiet roar, loud whisper, and of course, pizza school.
The idea of combining something we love with something we love to hate might seem like an odd idea, but our pizza school is a roaring success. That’s not even a quiet roar either! The kids who come to our Saturday pizza school have a great time. School was never this fun, or this tasty!
Every week we greet another bunch of excited kids eager to get their fingers sticky, their tummies hungry and their taste buds treated to something they’ve really made themselves. A lot of kids that come to our pizza school have surprisingly little idea what goes in to making a pizza. Oh, they know the main ingredients, because if they order a pepperoni they have a pretty good hunch that there will be pepperoni on it. Although you’d be surprised how few of them realise it doesn’t come in slices!
If they ask for a cheese and tomato pizza, they know that there’s likely to be some cheese on it, and the odd tomato. But there’s so much else to learn, and so much of it is important to our understanding of what goes into food.
These days we’re often surrounded by meals which look good and taste good, but knowing what’s really in them, how they’re made, where they come from and whether they’re good for us or not is a different matter altogether – yet we believe these are the questions we should all be asking, not just the kids who come to our pizza school and learn more about food in one morning than they would by simply reading a menu!
At Eco Restaurant we’ve always taken our responsibility as a healthy Clapham take away seriously, creating our pizza bases using sourdough that ensures a lighter, tastier and healthier base on which to liberally sprinkle the various ingredients. We know just how healthy a Clapham take away can be compared to many of the alternatives, and certainly we know that what we serve is healthier than any microwave ready meal.
But now it’s official. The boffins have spoken and the results are in. It’s good news for all pizza lovers, because the word is that pizza is officially good for you. There is a slight caveat – the base needs to be light and healthy, which is precisely what we provide. Eating a healthy pizza each week is not only
good for you, but it can seriously lower your chances of disease.
The figures suggest that a weekly pizza from your friendly local Clapham take away can reduce throat cancer by 60%, colon cancer by 26% and mouth cancer by 35%. The view is that it’s all the good, wholesome ingredients that go into making a pizza, including fresh tomatoes, herbs, vegetables, olive oil, garlic and spices. So next time someone comments that going for a weekly Clapham take away is not doing you any good, you can smile at them pityingly knowing that you’re simply doing your bit to help make sure you live a long and healthy life.
For our part, we’re doubling our efforts to help you enjoy your pizza all the more, with a wider range of toppings and ingredients than ever, just to make sure that there’s always something new to try, and a new way each week for you to boost your health, vitality and life expectancy! It’s all part of the service at your local Eco Clapham take away!
Unless you’ve worked in a Clapham Common restaurant you simply wouldn’t believe the amount of waste food that we have to discard every day. Obviously there are the leftovers (although very few fortunately – I suppose that must say a good deal about our food!) but there is also waste food matter such as skins, bones, cores, crusts, peelings and other stuff you probably don’t want to think about when sitting down for your dinner.
Why am I telling you this? Because I feel that as a popular Clapham Common restaurant we have a responsibility to try to do our bit to reduce waste and landfill. For that reason we are now committing ourselves to sending ALL waste food products to be bio-degraded. This is a much better option since this process takes only three days. Now imagine that everything from Friday night could be so completely disposed of by Monday morning!
Like you we abhor the vast quantity of litter which seems to kick about the streets, much of it packaging, and much of it covered in waste food stuffs. Not only does it attract pigeons, seagulls, rats and foxes (something most of us are particularly keen not to do at present), but it is quite clearly unhygienic, and takes a long time to naturally biodegrade. sending waste food stuffs to landfill isn’t much better – it takes ages to decompose and represents a health hazard that we can’t see.
Using a composting process that bio-degrades waste food material within three days we aim to lead the way in ecological, environmentally conscious dining, without losing anything from the process. As a popular Clapham Common restaurant, it’s in our name to be aware of the ecological impact of what we do. So sit down, tuck in safe in the knowledge that we’re doing our bit to clear the plates whilst you’re doing your bit!
Here’s the problem as I see it: Type ‘Clapham takeaway‘ into Google and you get over 140,000 results. That’s a whole heap of takeaway – that’s one a day every day for 386 years. I wouldn’t like to have to pay for that bill or work out the size belt needed to keep the trousers from bursting apart.
But try modifying your search slightly and type in ‘healthy Clapham takeaway’ and the results plummet, leaving over 130,000 results disappearing over the proverbial spare tyre.
Why should this be the case? Is it the advertising that misses a trick, or is it really the case that restaurant owners and takeaway shops are failing to get a grip on the need to provide wholesome, nutritious and healthy food?
After all, takeaway food and fast food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. I can have a boiled egg ready in 3 minutes – you can’t get a lot faster than that, and it’s fantastically healthy. All right, so Clapham takeaway enquiries for boiled egg pizza might be thin on the ground, but the point still stands, that for the overwhelming majority of businesses and consumers the concept of a healthy Clapham takeaway is of no importance.
Or perhaps I have that wrong. Perhaps it’s not the consumers, but just the businesses? I think today more and more consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of the need to eat healthily, but combining this with a hectic lifestyle and little time for preparing dinner at home after a tiring day at work doesn’t leave much room for choice. Especially with 94% of online search results failing to respond to the word ‘healthy’.
Fortunately at Eco we have always stood for quality, originality and healthy ingredients, with our unique sourdough pizza bases providing a light, tasty and healthy alternative to the usual heavy, rich and less healthy alternatives found.
Right next door to eco is esca a deli where most of the food on sale is produced on the premises. It is very popular on takeaway as it is a common understanding that such a business is geared to provide such a service whereas a restaurant is not thought of in this way. Eco, however due to the open plan layout and efficient system of production and the very nature of the pizza being something that is cooked very quickly, is virtually as efficient as Macdonalds & KFC minus the deep fat fryer. equally, and contrary to assumption, Eco turns around thousands of takeaways, especially at the moment with the World Cup, improved weather and close proximity to the throngs sprawled in a mass on the common.
I rate the Clapham communities understanding and value they place on food; it shows their respect for their own well being. It is evident when you sit on the High Street how many people are out and about jogging, heading into and out of the gyms popping into esca for a takeaway and sitting in eco in their shorts and trainers after a sesh.
Have your children ever asked you where food comes from? Come to that, have you ever asked your children if they know? Ordering a pizza can sometimes be an exercise in guess-the-ingredient, with many children tucking readily into their rather circular square meal with great gusto but little idea what it’s made of, quite apart from not having the slightest clue as to where it all came from.
That’s the trouble with eating today – it’s easy to order food, but similarly easy to ignore it, or at least to ignore what it’s really made of, how it was made, where the ingredients come from and what decisions went in to making it taste and look the way it does. Essentially, we’re losing interest in the very stuff of which we are made, and it’s not helping our children.
I think a lot of children view the process of ordering a pizza as being a case of phoning up a restaurant who then proceed to pluck the pizza fresh of the pizza tree, warm it up, box it up and hand it over. The pizza tree – now there’s an idea.
But here’s the rub, because ordering a Clapham pizza could actually be a real exercise in helping children to learn more about their food, appreciate what goes into it, how it’s made and how to have more control and understanding about the things they put into their mouths. Rather than spending £12 on a cardboard box full of largely unidentifiable gloop, why not send your children along to our Kids Pizza School.
Here they’ll learn how to make their very own pizza from scratch, kneading the dough, shaping it, choosing the ingredients and putting it all together. Not only will they love eating it afterwards, but perhaps it will go some way to helping teach children a little more about where food comes from and giving them more appreciation of good food.
As a leading eco-minded Clapham restaurant we seem to sit within two rather contrasting worlds. On the one hand we can look out across a city which is home to some of the finest restaurants (included us, of course!) and purveyors of the highest quality food and ingredients.
But at the same time it’s very easy to see an abundance of fast food chains providing food on a plate to order, though without the plate. Or the knives and forks.
As a Clapham restaurant with a reputation for high quality we see it as both our passion and our mission to provide convenient options for people that are also of the highest quality. Fast doesn’t have to mean poor quality or unhealthy. After all, just how long does it take to boil an egg, peel a banana or pour a glass of water?
It is simple food that is now winning and casual dining which means less expense, less formal and quite often better. We’re fast in output of plates however, it is our emphasis on preparation that makes us efficient; and more importantly the slow fermentation process behind the scenes of the operation of eco pizza dough, that makes eco pizza among the best quality pizza in the country. Once the dough is happy we can turn out as many pizza’s as the three deck oven can take.
One of the problems we think that we have seen develop over the years we have been running our Clapham restaurant is that people are often confused. It’s understandable. Even a cursory glance over the top of your pizza box at the television is enough to reveal today’s list of do’s and don’ts as far as healthy eating is concerned.
It’s easy to simply give up and assume that these experts don’t know what they’re talking about and rush straight to the next heart attack wrapped in red and yellow cardboard.
We’ll keep doing our bit, providing convenience with innovative quality. Perhaps that’s an innovation in itself, but certainly the kids who take part in our pizza school each week are convinced that you can still have the best of both worlds. They’d tell you themselves if they weren’t so busy tucking in to their
Now there are two words you don’t often find together in many places, but then as we said – as a Clapham restaurant we seem to be surrounded by two conflicting worlds.