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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.
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. Although the conventional a la carte dinner menu is omitted in favour of an imposed three course set menu, there is nothing regimental about the calibre and variety of offerings...
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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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