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210 Chiswick High Road
Bustling wine bar, soothing sitting room, cosy bistro, four private dining rooms, convivial heated courtyard – this deceptively spacious venue has a space to suit most occasions. The 17th-century
building (once a police station & stables) features oak panelling, polished wooden flooring & exposed brick walls displaying original artwork. The well-heeled denizens of Chiswick come here
in numbers, with Sunday roasts proving especially popular. At other times, the menu yo-yos between timeworn Euro classics (Parma ham with melon & rocket, herb sausages with mash, beef
stroganoff) & more modern ideas (wild sea bass with roasted fennel, green beans & saffron sauce). Desserts are in the banoffi pie/tiramisu/sticky toffee pudding mould. Tapas-style snacks
& sharing platters are available in the bar, along with a choice of more than 150 wines.
210 Chiswick High Road
Turnham Green Tube Station 361m
Turnham Green Station 456m
Tabard Theatre 426m
Hogarth Roundabout 820m
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Food + drink: 4
It’s not often that I call in at a police station, before going out for dinner, but that’s exactly what I did before visiting Carvosso’s, in Chiswick High Road, last week.
Don’t worry, dear reader, it wasn’t anything serious: a minor traffic ‘technicality’, if you must know. I was flashed at from Robot Central. Actually, it’s ironic that I called in at the Nick, as it turns out Carvosso’s used to be a courthouse. Who knew?
Anyway, I imagine the food dished up now is a far cry from those porridge and gruel days of yore. Let’s just say that the people in charge now are more easy-going than they used to be. Not to mention aesthetically pleasing, chattier, eager to help…well, you get the picture.
For starters I went for the Cornish Crab, which was both fresh and bright (£7.80,) whilst my girlfriend took the grilled lobster. (£16.50.) We were meant to swap halfway through, but I reneged on the deal and switched a plate that was well short of half. I was forgiven, though, as I offered to pay.
For main, I opted for the char-grilled Fillet Steak, peppercorn sauce and new potatoes (£24.90.) Amanda fancied the Lamb Rump, (£17.50) which she went a bit off-menu with…replacing the sweet potato mash and spinach for ‘crushed’ new potatoes and green beans.
Hats off to the fact they accommodated her quirky demand without too much ado – rare these days. The lamb was ”squishilly delicious”, by the way. I think she meant tender and tasty. My fillet steak was practically decadent…lightly charred on the outside and perfectly pink in the middle. Fun galore – soul food for the picky.
Eating in – at someone else’s home – is the new eating out, apparently. Well, until that secret invite drops in your in-box, Carvosso’s is the next best thing – a home-from-home, functionally comfortable with fresh, inviting food.
This former Chiswick High Road police station/court house (long shorn of its austerity and menace, of course) does a great, fixed price 2 course Menu, for £13.50, (£15.50 for 3 courses) which was bang on the money, as I was starving. I started with a generous bowl of Leek and Stilton soup that was as good as I had hoped: hot from the stove, tasty and filling. Especially with the springy brown bread.
Next came the Beef Stroganoff with steamed rice. Again, perfectly spot on for taste, but could have been a tad hotter. (Maybe it’s just me.)
One thing about Carvosso’s is that the bill will make you smile and it won’t be with irony. Considering the quality, the prices are more than reasonable. The waitress was a joy – clued-up, attentive and she even laughed at my jokes. What a star. The waitress AND the place.
Food + drink: 5
Carvossos’s At 210 (Chiswick High Road) is neither super trendy, or uber slick. Of course, this is part of its charm and possibly what gives it an edge on places up the road, or down the street. The atmosphere was so relaxing that it lulled me into a far longer lunch than I bargained for. Coincidence, or strategy? You tell me.
The dining room is airy and light with the added bonus of a courtyard, for al fresco dining. There’s a little too much wood for my taste, but this is perhaps due to it being a former police station which, I guess, does add certain quirkiness to the grand scheme of stuff.
What’s particularly good, here, is the fact that the old police cells are available for private parties. This must surely be the best prison food in England.
The menu is wonderful. It starts with the likes of Beef Carpaccio with rocket and Parmesan: Proscuitto, calves liver and thyme pate, Grilled Aubergine, with buffalo mozzerella, to mention a few. For a main course you can have Roast Grouse; Seared Barbary Duck; or Grilled Dover Soul. Exactly what you’d want when the weather is rolling imperceptibly towards Autumn. My brother said he thought the food was ‘thoughtful and considered’ and he ought to know, being a chef. The set ‘Menu of the day’ (at £13.50) was brilliant. And I ought to know, being a greedy pig.
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