Sometimes, a Thai, Korean or Turkish meal just won’t do – you want comfort food, the sort of thing you might make at home for a dinner party, if only you had the time. Hannah’s Place in Earlsfield caters for that desire, with dishes such as a correctly-textured risotto flavoured with peas, parmesan and roasted pine nuts, or spaghetti with a tomato and pesto sauce. Most of these main courses cost under a tenner, though something a little fancier – such as chicken with a broth of chorizo and vegetables, or mussels cooked in white wine with chips – cost a pound or two more. Puddings are equally simple, such as banoffee pie or lemon and vanilla cheesecake, all costing £4.50 – and prepared with the kind of care that would make Delia (in her heyday) proud.
Although this is a perfectly serviceable bistro, it only merits a two-star rating for a few reasons. The first is that cooking of such modest ambition really isn’t too hard to make at home, so why would you choose to eat this food at a restaurant? If the place had some romantic allure, perhaps. But too many small tables are are jammed into the dining area, enforcing intimacy with your neighbours as much as with your tryst. Dust off your Delias and treat your loved one(s) to some real home cooking instead.