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3-7 Devonshire Road
020 8747 1836
Regularly trumpeted as the “crown in Chiswick’s restaurant scene”, La Trompette is the kind of place that gives neighbourhood restaurants a good name, and the fact that it sports a Michelin star without putting on airs or charging the earth is something to be applauded. Whether you’re here for a special dinner or a sociable midweek lunch, the elegant dining room always gives off good vibrations with its contemporary artworks, polished floors, well-spaced tables and views over a smart terrace. La Trompette’s cooking is all about muscular European flavours and clever ideas, with lots of intricate detailing on the plate – as in a starter of char-grilled Cornish squid with chickpeas, green harissa, cucumber and shaved fennel. Prime ingredients get the attention and respect they deserve, be it Welsh lamb with summer turnips, garden beets, rainbow chard and ewe’s curd or Cornish cod accompanied by gnocchetti, English ceps, cavolo nero and hazelnut pesto. After that, the mighty cheeseboard is a must, but we also suggest dipping into desserts such as the muscovado custard tart with roast cherries and crème fraîche. Full marks for the spectacular 600-bin wine list too.
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3-7 Devonshire Road
020 8747 1836
Turnham Green Tube Station 360m
Turnham Green Station 406m
Tabard Theatre 411m
Hogarth Roundabout 710m
Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm Sun 12N-3pm 7-9.30pm
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Food + drink: 4
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
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?
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.
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