Fine dining in Chiswick
From the same people behind the legendary Chez Bruce and the Glasshouse, La Trompette is a 1 star Michelin restaurant serving modern European cuisine just off Chiswick High Road. It was closed down in early 2013 and reopened with Rob Weston as head chef, ex head chef at 2 stars The Square in Mayfair. La Trompette has been regarded as one of the local's favourite and I was keen to find out why.
The decor is fairly simple with plenty of open space and contemporary in design. We went for the 3 course lunch menu at £27.50 and started off with sliced rump of veal with radish, artichoke, parmesan and tuna cream. The veal itself was very flavoursome, rich with fine texture. It worked wonderfully with the radish and artichoke thanks to its soft bitterness and earthiness. The dashes of parmesan and tuna cream added a nice creamy aroma and hint of extra richness.
|sliced rump of veal with radish, artichoke, |
parmesan and tuna cream
|gazpacho with crushed avocado and |
mackerel rillette on toast
|Salad of French beans with almonds, apricots, |
foie gras and parfait of chicken liver
For main I had the roasted sea bass with hand rolled farfalle, new season onions, girolles and chicken roasting juice. This was easiest the best sea bass I had in 2013, the bass was cooked to perfection with soft and tender meat. The chicken juice worked wonders with its salty and savoury taste. The forolles added a really smooth texture and softness, a well balance dish with mouthwatering taste.
| roasted sea bass with hand rolled farfalle, new season |
onions, girolles and chicken roasting juice
|crispy fillet of plaice with mussels,|
parsley creamed potato and vegetables
|short rib and croustillant of beef with watercress, |
pickled walnuts, grilled field mushroom and marrow
I went for cheese for dessert, like many other Michelin restaurants, cheeses at La Trompette are supplied by London's top cheese monger La Fromagerie. The Époisses was just heavenly, it was robust and rich with a creamy texture and a burning sensation, one of my favourite cheeses of all time.
Overall it was a very pleasant meal, the cooking was solid with simple but elegant presentation. Service was friendly and the wine sommelier was very helpful with the wine selection. One tiny issue was at the end when the waiter messed up the bill and over charged us but it was quickly dealt with. Personally I found this meal much more enjoyable than the other Chickwick Michelin restaurant Hedone, if you are after elegant food cooked in a modern style in West London then this is the place for you.
What I paid:
£40 per head, with a glass of wine
Average cost without drinks and services:
£29.50 lunch menu
£47.50 tasting menu
5-7 Devonshire Rd Chiswick, Greater London W4 2EU