‘Quiet but brilliant food, and the best place in west London for lunch', observes a typical fan of Chiswick's most cherished restaurant – an affable mix of foodie destination and neighbourly local bolthole. La Trompette's combination of slick, knowledgeable service and ‘consistently superb' food with keen prices and a refreshing lack of Michelin-starred pomposity is certainly a winner – and a ‘real treat' for its many admirers. The kitchen melds the gutsy flavours of France's Midi with influences from here and there – anything from roast cod with Provençal tomato, salt cod and gremolata or ‘the best' chateaubriand with hand-cut chips to braised rabbit-leg ‘saltimbocca' with gnocchi, cavolo nero, mushroom purée, and sage or char-grilled skate with sag aloo, yoghurt, tamarind and mango. To finish, the tarte Tatin is unmissable, and it would be a sin to ignore the brilliant cheeseboard. The exceptionally sourced and priced, 600-bin wine list is a tribute to sommelier Matthieu Longuere's diligence and knowledge.
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.
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