Chiswick is very much my main stomping ground at the moment, I seem to be heading in that direction for work, meetings and cheeky coffee catch ups more than I can count. Now, I’m not complaining at all and with the likes of Gail’s Artisan Bakery and The Hothouse Bistro mimicking an air of Parisian café culture, I wholeheartedly approve of this location!
On Monday I took a little stroll down the familiar high street and as much as I wanted to peruse the rows of pretty window displays I had to give it a miss as I was in a hurry to get to a lunch reservation with the lovely James Read, although, I didn’t feel too disappointed as food pleases me as much as floral displays.
I was attending a work lunch at the newly opened restaurant No 197 Chiswick Fire Station. Being an independent establishment and with only four weeks into launching, I have to admit, naturally I had my reservations. I was just expecting a few possible teething issues, that’s all. Anyway, I am happy to report that I was proved totally wrong. Upon walking in I was hit with a stunning, open space and the first thing I thought was – camera, now! I needed to get a shot of this beautiful room, the intimate booths against the wall were a special touch. The marble topped circular tables were a real treat for the eyes and placed against gorgeous greenery, you couldn’t fault that they had the décor spot on!
Let’s get onto the good stuff.. the food! Being a veggie I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of choice on the menu, which in a general sense was on the smaller side. I decided on a halloumi and courgette burger, I was expecting a few grilled slices on a bun but oh no, what arrived on the table was something so much more! As you can see above, they had cleverly created a ‘burger patty’ with the cheese coated in herbs and breadcrumbs, added layers of courgette and topped with a very on-trend brioche bun. The verdict? It was bloomin’ delicious!! With it being an open kitchen you could tell that the chefs were dedicated when it came to the menu, at one point they were sampling new dishes and generally looked enthusiastic and excited about what they were creating. In fact the whole team of staff were extremely friendly, and one chap (who I assumed was the manager) popped over for a little chat with us which was a nice touch, as a whole the atmosphere was very much a relaxed one. Overall I would describe the restaurant as a classy establishment, but a casual and comfortable one.
Sadly, with this trip being a work related one, cocktails were a no-no but I definitely would like to come back for a tipple.. or two!