La Trompette 333

3-7 Devonshire Road , London, W4 2EU

020 8747 1836

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SquareMeal Review of La Trompette

Chiswick’s favourite eatery made its name by serving “superb quality” French-accented cuisine without the formality or price tag you might expect from a Michelin-starred establishment. More than 15 years down the line, it’s still a winner, chic without being stuffy, and perfectly attired for special occasions as well as regular visits. Relax in the elegant dining room surrounded by modern artworks, or repair to the smart terrace if the weather allows. Either way, expect an alluring seasonal line-up of superbly balanced, inventive dishes with bold, emphatic flavours: a starter of coppa with Zerbinati melon, globe artichoke and fresh almonds, for example, proves you can breathe life into a classic with top ingredients. Elsewhere, we rate the delicate steamed Cornish cod with crisp potato galette and lardo di Colonnata, the spiced Aylesbury duck breast (served juicily pink atop a bed of rainbow chard) and the melt-in-the-mouth rhubarb crumble soufflé. The cheeseboard is a whiffy winner, and the sommeliers’ suggestions are spot-on when it comes to the notable wine list.

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8.0

Food & Drink: 8.8

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.3

Value: 7.2

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

David H. platinum reviewer 10 August 2013

When a restaurant that you enjoy enough to visit three times in six months closes its doors for a couple of months and re-opens bigger, with a virtually brand new kitchen brigade and many changes front of house too, it's understandable to have concerns about the effect all this will have on the type and quality of food on offer. No need to worry in my view- the menu and the food quality were both indicative of a seamless changeover rather than a painful revolution. If you liked it before you'll like it now. And the visual impact of the place hasn't changed much either, if you ignore the private dining area tucked round a corner and a few extra tables. I shan't go through what we ate blow by blow, except to say that the blackberry souffle with lemon curd ice-cream was very good indeed and was not overpowered by the lemon curd, in the same way that my soft and gentle raviolo of suckling pig was complemented rather than beaten into submission by the accompanying barbecue sauce. I thought I might have a little quibble on the wine- a minor claret, but whilst initially closed it opened up nicely as the meal progressed. Everything we ate was at the very least competent and sometimes much better. The restaurant was half full, so maybe not a real test of service, though what we received was timely and pleasant. The bill for the two of us with wine and service was £100 which in our book is decent value for food of this quality Altogether a very good meal, and we'll certainly be back

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Foodess platinum reviewer 29 July 2013

This is convenient for meeting friends who live west of the city, and pleasingly the last few visits have renewed our interest in wanting to dining here. I always liked Anthony Boyd's cooking when he was based at The Glasshouse, Kew, so it has come as no surprise to me that this venue now holds greater appeal as a result of the menu and competent, reliable cooking standard. Service is always dependable within this group, so increase in score is easily justified (2012/13). I had been longing to return to La.T. having been recommended it last year by a regular diner and also recalling good memories of my own from a visit in the past. We booked end Oct 2008. Décor and atmosphere like the rest of the Brucey group is informal which we like. I ordered boudin blanc in Madeira sauce served on a bed of spinach which was afloat. How it arrived without the very thin juice being spilt was a miracle, and with no starch on the plate I would have welcomed a strainer. The sausage itself was very good but I am sure that the sauce/jus was not as intended and perhaps worsened by poorly drained spinach. It had a slight acrid taint as though some cooking juices had been burnt but no sweetness present as would have been expected from fortified wine input. When asked if everything was alright, I mentioned the foregoing (minus the bit about acrid/burnt), but waitress returned to tell me that it was how it was meant to be. I can’t help wonder why it is no longer served that way – now with roast apple, bacon and mustard sauce and to be fair could purely be for grounds of variation/seasonal change. I think red mullet followed but the rest was not good enough to be memorable. My partner and I had 3 unremarkable courses between us, the fourth as above. It was all sloshed down with reasonable quality wine; my yearning now quelled and desire to return again waned. Had I booked another night, it may have been as good as Sq.M. states in preamble if chef was on form. Looking at Glasshouse latest menu I could eat the lot, but not perhaps all at once. I hope Anthony Boyd’s standard is as good as it used to be when it was a ‘regular haunt’ of ours. He and his sous chef had been working together for over 15 years and it showed, or should I say it didn’t because you could not detect when Head Chef had a night off. Fantastic sommelier at Kew too. Anyone been there recently?

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Jonathan W. bronze reviewer 17 July 2013

We eat at Glass House more than Trompette, so this was the first visit since they expanded the restaurant. The place was totally full (including the private room) on a Tuesday night. The crab starter, and our beef and guinea fowl main courses, were all excellent. The portions were a little small for the hungry or greedy. Raspberry souffles were somewhat overcooked, and I think would have been better with a coulis rather than ice cream. But overall we were very happy with the food. Service was a little stretched, but they coped well with the crowd. Owing to menu supplements we ended up at £150 for two with a very modest amount to drink.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 1.0

Johnny G. 10 May 2013

I've been coming to Trompette for years and considered it to be the height of haute-cuisine in Chiswick, but on eating there last night, although I can still say the food is excellent, since the refurbishment and change of Chef earlier this year, everything else has slipped. Service is very slow (our neighbour had to wait 30 mins for a starter!); fewer waiting staff; no longer a dedicated Maître’D, nor sommelier; new decor lacks the old intimacy, and overall ambience is simply lacking; the bill was simply dumped on the table without our requesting it, straight after they left the coffees! What's worse is that formerly 3 courses for two people, with a modest bottle of wine and coffee used to be around £60-65 per head, now its £90-95. In short, it's lost its crown and probably soon its Michelin Star as well I would have though, which really belongs to the previous chef. Such primacy I think has now been passed on to Michael Nadra or Quantus – both of which are a stone's throw away from Trompette, have fine menus, lovely service and don’t break the bank – this last point being so important during recession, Trompette had better re-think things or I fear for its longevity.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 5.0

Tricia D. bronze reviewer 28 April 2013

Table for 4 in the window, La Trompette only loses half a point because there was a slight draught coming in at the start of the meal, once we'd had a glass of wine and some food we didn't seem to notice any more. The salmon mousaline in corgette flower was exquisit for a starter and the chocolate wafer with salted caramel mouse was completely delicious as well. The main course were all equally delicious but something about the creative starters and deserts that really stands out for me at this lovely restaurant.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Marte 16 July 2011

This is my second favourite french restaurant in town. The big protagonist is food! The waiter was good in guiding me through the wine list and I had a lovely white wine to pair with my fish menu. I found the decor too neutral and standard. I would like it to be a bit more personalised. I went back there with a group of 10 people and we were all happy with the experience. Excellent desserts and top level cheese board!! A dream for cheese lover…a little comment to add on this. Some of the guests were french and were really surprised when they were offered savoury buiscuits to go with the cheese. They've immediatly called the waiter back asking for some baguette!!

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Eric G. bronze reviewer 18 June 2010

Great food in comfortable formal but not stuffy dining room. Very good value for money. Great service. Almost like a hidden gem. Great value for money, much better than many central London restaurants.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

Cooper A. 24 January 2010

Lunch arranged by friends to be equidistant from our homes. A marvellous accident. The meal, an early New Year lunch, was one of the best we have eaten in the last year. It was matched only by Chez Bruce, its Wandsworth sister, and the Galvin's two London locations. It may have been that in the immediate post New Year period the restaurant was almost empty and perhaps we benefited from attention of the service staff, the sommelier and the kitchen but I don't think it was simply that. The staff all seemed knowledgeable and took real pride in the food and drink that they poresented. Bewtween us we enjoyed a wide variety of dishes – ham hock terrine with a crispy poached egg, a beet salad, a wonderfud daube full of flavour, some perfectly cooked sea bass and splendid desserts. Dry sheery to start followed by some great and unusual spanish wines. It was a tremendous experience and we will undoubtedly return.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

James K. 09 December 2008

The food is really really good and the wine list is as good as the reviews suggest .

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The private dining room can accommodate parties of between 10 and 16 guests (16 can be seated on one large table or two round tables of 8).

Private Dining Room
Capacity: 16

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