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Sam's Brasserie & Bar

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Sam’s fulfils its brasserie brief to a T: drinkers catered for at the front bar; diners offered solid global cooking all day, in the dining area to the left; a soundtrack that’s inoffensive without being bland (the Smiths to Jerry Lee Lewis); and staff who are well drilled if not effusive in dealing with Chiswick society (lone businessmen, couples, families). There’s a cheap early dinner, and a menu that extends from ribeye steak clichés to Mediterranean favourites in the tapas line and even a Goan fish and prawn curry. Crisply attired staff briskly take your coat and offer jugs of tap water unprompted.

Unfortunately, the chef’s timings were out on our visit: both the padrón peppers and the squid were chewy rather than, respectively, toothsome and crunchy, and the anchovy mayonnaise with the squid seemed rather light on salty fish. Only a full-flavoured, exceptionally creamy garlic soup starter, accompanied by bread of yeoman solidity, excelled. During a midweek dinner, the bar was livelier than the restaurant – perhaps no surprise given the long, curated wine list with several options available by the bottle, 500ml carafe or glass.

 

Venue name: Sam's Brasserie & Bar
Contact:
Address: 11 Barley Mow Passage
London
W4 4PH
Opening hours: Open 9am-midnight Mon-Wed, Sun; 9am-12.30am Thur-Sat. Meals served 9am-10.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Chiswick Park or Turnham Green tube
Price: Main courses £11.75-£20.50. Set lunch (noon-3pm Mon-Fri; 6.30-7.30pm Mon-Thur, Sun) £13.50 2 courses, £16.50 3 courses

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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Jonnibe

Unpretentious, honest, good quality, value for money, attentive, welcoming, fresh, clean, vibrant, easygoing, tasty, happy, cosy.... Mmmmmmm.. I'll be back!!

Unimpressed

Undermined by rude, child-hostile staff. I had one too many incidents of this nature a few months back and I flat out refuse to return. Not sure how Sam's got a rep for being child friendly - maybe the fishfingers and beans on the menu - but the staff certainly don't follow through. Also, it's very very noisy and food is not good enough to justify the overall bill.

Gamda

Un pub très agréable oú le personnel est vraiment sympathique toujours le sourire aux lèvres ! Merci:)