21 January 2015
Our first visit today at lunch. I don't know why it's taken us so long to eat here- certainly nothing we've heard or read has created any prejudice, and we very much enjoy its sister restaurant La Trompette a time or two each year. Still, better late than never and we did both enjoy our three course lunch and bottle of Negroamaro today. Nothing we ate was less that good, uniformly presented and cooked nicely, and served by by an enthusiastic front -of-house team.
We started with Jerusalem artichoke soup and a wild mushroom raviolo that, whilst pleasant, could have been better with a slightly more intense flavour of its own and a less pungency in the veg accompanying it. Main courses were Daube of beef and pot-roast pheasant, with the beef probably taking the prize. Desserts were both excellent, each of us thinking that our poached rhubarb with puree and crumble; and chocolate and orange mousse with a burnt orange ice cream was just what we wanted. Decent coffee, good bread, and timely service throughout. Altogether a good lunch.
The question that consumed us during and after the meal was "Is this as good as La Trompette?" - its sibling, a couple of miles or so away in Chiswick. We both thought the Glasshouse to be just fine in absolute terms, but that La Trompette has the better, more flavoursome, food. Not by a lot, but by enough to say that we prefer it . And given that the restaurants are about as far away as each other for us, it's likely that La Trompette will see rather more of us in future. Sorry, and I can only repeat that The Glasshouse gave us a very nice lunch.