301-303. Chiswick High Road. London. W4 4HH
It almost feels like I don't belong here at all. Tucked away in an inconspicuous corner of up-and-coming Chiswick, the sleek Scandinavian lines and open plan concept looks startlingly out of place amongst the local family Italian restaurants and chains. That's not to say it's an intimidating place once you get through the door. Despite the eye-catching plaudits from elsewhere (a rare 18/20 from Andy Hayler, number 70 on the world's best list and a Michelin star within a year of opening), the kitchen gives off a serene, aloof aura of calm from the moment the chefs started to filter in right up to their almost meditative wiping of the counter tops at the end of the service. We visited for lunch and went for the tasting menu, which incredibly changes weekly according to the high quality produce they receive.
|Salmon Tartlet, Parmesan Sable and Foie Gras with Balsamic Sourdough|
|Rock Oysters with Granny Smith Foam and Shallots|
|Mediterranean Tomatoes with Orleans Mustard, Dill and Yoghurt Sorbet|
|Hand Dived Scallops with Girolles and Red Cabbage|
|Roast Duck with Beetroot Cooked Five Ways|
|Parmesan Ravioli with Onion Consommé|
|Strawberry and Rhubarb Sorbet with Meringues|
|Warm Chocolate with Powdered Raspberries, Passion Fruit Jelly and Madagascar Vanilla Ice Cream|
|Clockwise from bottom-left: Chocolate Tartlette, Financier and Passionfruit macaron|
Photos by Nathalie.