where shall we meet? Rockdales, SW11

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This Australian-Caribbean wine-bar brasserie (yes, really) has gained a certain notoriety - or at least publicity - by being the place that serves crocodile. This has obvious attractions for anyone trying to impress their date with a culinary experience of dubious value, though eating crocodile, however well-prepared, is a bit like eating the padding that came with your last personal hi-fi. You could, however, stick to delicious sun chicken (£7.15) or vegetarian dishes at about the £6 mark, and listen to the south London foodies saying things like "my life is full of men who..." while a startlingly tall waiter with dreadlocks fills your life with joy by ambling past your table and asking if you're cool.

Rockdales, 23 Lavender Hill SW11 (0171-738 1501)

Serena Mackesy

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