SquareMeal Review of
Little Bird Chiswick
If this sweet cocktail lounge were in the West End rather than deep in leafy Chiswick, there’d be queues outside for a table. In the wrong hands, tiki can look tacky, but here a Polynesian/Californian-inspired interior – a mismatch of jungle succulents, jingly-jangly prints, jumble-sale kitsch and covetable retro and rattan furniture – is an exercise in how to nail 1950s beachcomber boho with panache. Priced £9-£11, house cocktails might include Salted Caramel Vodkatini, Raspberry Flirtini and Little Bird’s eponymous signature (a tropical sparkler made with vanilla and ginger-infused rum, passion fruit, cassis and French fizz). Graze on elegantly presented small plates in the charming sun-trap patio garden: Angus beef sliders; charred cauliflower with red pesto and sour cream; tuna tartare, avocado and corn chips; cherry and bitter chocolate profiteroles; or coconut pannacotta with pineapple salsa.