On a Thursday evening, this popular neighbourhood bistro, with its retro prints and mirrors, was thrumming with Chiswick’s spruce and moneyed troisième âge and a sprinkling of younger folk. It’s the sort of place where a man might dine alone, linen napkin tucked into his shirt.
The menu is classically French (snails, soufflé, duck à l’orange) but with Italian elements (tortellini, ravioli, risotto) and appealing British ingredients (Maldon oysters, Suffolk asparagus, dover sole). The largely French wine list is a lovingly assembled affair. Things began well – excellent bread and anchovy butter, a smooth courgette velouté amuse-bouche, the comforting sight of waiters plating up cheese – but the momentum was quickly lost.
A long delay in taking our order was followed by a stomach-rumbling wait for our mains, which we put down to the champagne-themed dinner for 30 taking place alongside us. Lamb with borlotti beans was more gastropub than fine dining – it didn’t merit its hefty (£23) price tag. A ‘rare’ rump steak (part of an admirable £11.95 steak frites deal that included a glass of wine) was tough and underdone, the chips lacklustre. Tarte tatin featuring plump, jammy-sweet apples was let down by soggy pastry. A blip? We hope so.
|Venue name:||Le Vacherin||Contact:|
76-77 South Parade
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-3pm Tue-Sat, noon-4pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Thur; 6-11pm Fri, Sat; 6-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Chiswick Park|
|Price:||Main courses £15-£26. Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £18.50 2 courses, £25 3 courses; (Sun) £25 3 courses|
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Average User Rating
2.5 / 5
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- 2 star:2
- 1 star:1
Went saturday night. The food was very good, but to charge £3.50 for a TINY portion of gratin dauphinois or FEW chips in a bowl is excessive considering the price of dishes. The service is very unprofessionnel, waiters do not understand what we ask for. Sad because the decor is lovely, the cuisine is good, not over the top. I am not sure I'll shall go again.
Despite living really close to this restaurant i'd never actually visited it until about a month ago, when a friend took me. In the last few weeks i've been 3 times, and am a huge fan of the food. Particular favourite is the rib eye and shallots - it was cooked to perfection (which for me was medium-rare) and i think it was worth every penny.
Food ok and service indifferent. A disappointing experience. I'm afraid french fries were the highlight.