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6-8 Elliott Road
020 8742 0766
With a culinary CV including the likes of Pétrus, Chez Bruce and La Trompette, Michael Nadra has had no trouble transforming his self-named gaff into one of Chiswick’s go-to destinations. The restaurant’s chic neutral decor, animated atmosphere and courtyard garden make this “gorgeous venue” perfect for a romantic dinner, and it’s still lauded as the best value in the neighbourhood. A prix-fixe menu promises top deals at lunch or dinner, while a six-course tasting offer allows the chef’s skill to shine with refined dishes such as ceviche of salmon with yuzu and sweetcorn purée, steamed sea bass with prawn and chive dumplings, pak choy and lemongrass bisque or aged Angus fillet steak and braised cheeks with girolles and rich truffled mash. Desserts are indulgent classics (chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream, treacle tart with clotted cream), while the impressive 200-bin wine list includes some good options by the glass.
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6-8 Elliott Road
020 8742 0766
Turnham Green Tube Station 148m
Turnham Green Station 232m
Tabard Theatre 207m
Hogarth Roundabout 922m
Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun -3.30pm) Mon-Thurs 6-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm)
There’s no private room at this chic urban setting but, besides catering for smaller parties within the main restaurant, the restaurant is small and can be taken for parties of 40 people or less. Some of the best food (and value) in Chiswick.
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Food + drink: 5
We dined at Michael Nadra's Chiswick restaurant for my husband's 50th birthday with his parents and our children. The front of house staff were friendly, attentive and gave a polished service which complimented the beautiful food we ate.
The carpaccio of tuna with soft shell crab starter was light and delicate while the beef carpaccio with truffle oil had a more punchy flavour.
The main courses were all cooked to perfection - the steamed sea bass was elegantly scented with asian spices and the Wagu beef was rich and unctuous. The rump of lamb with the merguez sausage was full of flavour. We rounded off the meal with the delightfully wicked chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice-cream and the treacle tart. The staff dressed my husband's pudding with a candle and the words Happy Birthday written in chocolate which was a thoughtful touch.
We highly recommend this restaurant
Food + drink: 4
I'm convinced that in general terms the thing contributing most to my enjoyment of a restaurant is the food I'm served. But most important is not the same as the only thing, and certainly my memories of driving trips around France in shoulder seasons many years ago are much more about the two of us, night after night, being the only people in the restaurant with food being delivered as fast as the waiters could carry it so they could all close up and go home. I remember that years after I've forgotten what we ate.
And for the second time in a few weeks we had a lunch today that was influenced by the fact that there was only a handful of people in the dining room and in the couple of hours we were there we saw precisely one member of staff. The restaurant is within 50 yards of Chiswick High Road. Another 50 yards will see you on Turnham Green Terrace, a foodie destination. The premises are smart and decently attractive. La Trompette, normally busy, is a couple of hundred yards away at most. And the food's pretty good and reasonable value. So I really don't understand why, after a few decades of occasional walks around and eating in Chiswick, it took us till a couple of weeks ago to realise that this place existed.
In essence you have a choice between a set menu of two or three courses, or a tasting menu. We chose the former, with a choice of six dishes for each course. My starter was a light and delicate duck lasagne with wild mushrooms in a light though tasty mushroom broth. My wife chose a soup of kale, spinach and broccoli with a fairly extravagant topping, and a main of lamb two ways (plus a kofta) with rosti potatoes. All these dishes were at least competently cooked , nicely presented , and very flavoursome. The portions were sufficient without being daunting. There was a chocolate fondant and salted caramel ice cream for dessert. The house red wine ( from Rhone grapes) was nicely balanced and light enough to drink with lunch. Good bread; decent coffee. A bill for £95 including service was about right we thought. Remarkably we often feel we get better value in London than we do in Berkshire where we live. Must be something to do with competition.
Grumbles? Well it would have been nicer with a few more people around and a hum of conversation to distract from the music that wasn't to my taste. And it wasn't a quick meal. It took a while to get some bread after we arrived just after 12.30, and the in general the gaps between courses were a little longer than I'd usually expect. I did wonder a bit about what the timings would have been like if they'd been busy. Still, they weren't, and neither were we in a great hurry.
We'll go back.
Michael Nadra remains, in terms of value for money, by far the best restaurant in Chiswick. Hedone may well outdistance it but dining at Hedone demands a second mortgage.
Yesterday, I went for lunch with a friend and we had a beautifully cooked braised tuna. It was among the best I have ever had, which is as a committed tuna fan is stating a lot. Michael Nadra is committed to ingredients of the best quality and this, combined with the talents of an inspired chef, invariably produces great results. The prix fixe lunch has a great variety of dishes and at 21 pounds for two courses and 29 for three it could not be more keenly priced.
The restaurant is as good at lunchtime as at dinner, although the evenings are more fun and service is more animated. Interestingly, and for a weekday in Chiswick, the restaurant was if not full certainly well attended. This is reassuring. Michael Nadra graces Chiswick with its presence and we locals are lucky to have this excellent restaurant among us. Long may it remain.
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