The scene Long tables with benches make up the majority of the dining, with larger round tables available for big parties.

The minimal decor is light, airy and adds to the spacious feel – which is just as well, because when it fills up on a Friday night, the room can be booming, and you’ll be bumping elbows with the person next to you.

The grub Usually, these ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ menus would have us running for cover, but Slurp circumnavigates this untoward expectation of ours and emerges a tasty, varied treat.

We opt for some chicken satay skewers (succulent and cooked to perfection) with chicken gyoza (surprisingly filling), taking in both Japanese and Thai aspects of the menu.

For mains, we plump for the seafood ramen, the strong ginger themes complementing the king prawns, squid and greens, and a green chicken curry which is fragrant, layered with aubergine, bamboo shoots and green beans, and which can be cooked to accommodate your palette’s predilection for spice.

Behind the bar Wines are available by the glass and bottle, and are at the affordable end of the spectrum.

Sake adds to this breadth of choice, and there’s an impressive bottled beer selection (Sapporo, Asahi, Kirin, Singha, Tiger, Tsingtao).

Freshly squeezed juices are also on offer – the Slurp (pineapple, apple, orange and melon) is a refreshing alternative to alcohol.

Bill please Starters from £3.50; mains from £7. Wine from £2.50 by the glass; sake from £3.95; bottled beer from £2.90; juices from £2.90.

Verdict The minimal design and bench set up make for a winning and vibrant atmosphere, ideal for groups and parties but just as accommodating for smaller one-to-one evenings.

The food, though, is simply superb, full of flavour and with no skimping on the portions either. Heartily recommended.

104-106 Streatham High Road, SW16 1BW   
Station | Streatham