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Situated a few steps from Kew Gardens tube, the setting here is prettier than you’d think. Station Parade resembles a village square, where the Glasshouse’s neighbours include an indie bookshop, bakery and florist. The restaurant itself is less botanically minded than the name suggests, not so much evocative of one of the royal garden’s great Victorian shrines to horticulture as a typical smartly neutral dining room, bright enough but overwhelmingly beige in decor.

Formal in tone, with pristine staff, what really stands out is chef Daniel Mertl’s sublime Michelin-starred menu. Owned by Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole – the men behind Chez Bruce and La Trompette – the Glasshouse pulls off neighbourhood fine dining with aplomb and is busy all hours as a result. Rabbit tortellini was densely packed, served with a delicate tarragon consommé and baby artichokes. A generous mackerel tartare was encircled by perfectly crumbed quail’s eggs. Mains of roast bavette with salardaise potatoes, and guinea fowl breast with curried potato gratin and black lentil sauce did not disappoint.

Desserts are equally impressive, with the deep-dish passion fruit tart particularly fine. The three-course set lunch is good value for this class of cuisine. Worth seeking out.


Venue name: Glasshouse
Address: 14 Station Parade
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.15pm Mon-Sat; 12.30-2.45pm Sun. Dinner served 6.30-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 7-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Kew Gardens tube/rail
Price: Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £27.50 3 courses; (Sun) £32.50 3 courses. Set dinner £42.50 3 courses
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Joss B

Having had a Michelin star for so long one expects Glasshouse to be spot on, and it is. The decor is chic, clean and crisp while the atmosphere nothing but relaxing. The food is modern, seasonal, creative and packed with flavor. I would say though that the issue of portion control could be looked at: two of us had the veal cheek and the quantity of the accompaniments on each plate differed. Further the monk fish was a bit watery and the partridge a little dry in patches. Nonetheless it was a great meal and i would go back any time.