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There was a sharp intake of breath in Chiswick when its most cherished neighbourhood star underwent some expansion, adding a light-filled private room and smart features such as subtle gold
textiles and funky paintings. The kitchen has also seen a shake-up, with the arrival of Rob Weston – following a 17-year stint at The Square (also part of owner Nigel Platts-Martin’s stable).
Judging by our recent samplings, he really knows his stuff: tartare of veal with white asparagus, artichokes and tuna cream is a brilliant take on vitello tonnato, while roast turbot is cleverly
paired up with cabbage, cauliflower, almonds and spring truffle pesto. Earthy sophistication also extends to a ‘gentle’ raviolo of suckling pig, fabulous French cheeses and rich puddings such as
blackberry soufflé with lemon-curd ice cream. Meanwhile, the diligently sourced 600-bin wine list gets a standing ovation as ever. In short, La Trompette is still ‘the queen of Chiswick’.
La Trompette’s list
is wonderfully wide ranging, and stuffed full of superb wines. With a local clientele, mostly spending their own (as opposed to company) money, this list is about covering all bases rather than
about showing off. Other lists have more – and more expensive – Burgundies, Bordeaux, and Tuscans, but none have such consistently well-chosen examples. This is a list where La Trompette head
sommelier Matthieu Longuere’s diligence, professionalism and understanding of his customers leaps off the page.
Michelin starred La Trompette resides in Chiswick and comes from the restaurant empire of Nigel Platts-Martin. He owns The Glasshouse, Chez Bruze, The Square and The Ledbury which hold quite a few Michelin stars between them so we had high hopes for our dinner.We arrived on a Monday evening and it was very busy. White table cloths covered each table yet the atmosphere was relaxed. One table had a crying baby in a push chair and another family were dining with their two young children. The place had a family friendly neighbourhood vibe...
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La Trompette sits effortlessly in tranquil Chiswick; elegant grey awnings and etched glass spill onto Devonshire Road and its interior swells with flourishes of conversation from a rather dapper local clientele. This Michelin starred restaurant has undergone a double pronged refurbishment of both its dining room and kitchen; the former extended to include two new dining areas, and the latter now headed by Rob Weston, former head chef at The Square – as such we expect great things.On being seated a choice of breads is offered – white, brown or walnut with raisin, all freshly baked on the premises each day....
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