The best restaurants in Chiswick
This Aussie-rules café chain has successfully colonised south-west London with its cheery all-day blend of juices and coffees, breakfasts that turn the first meal of the day into an all-out event, and globe-skipping dishes that share the venue’s laidback feel (no one will judge if you order chips with your wasabi-spiked, beef-laden ‘Turkish’ pide). By day, it’s like a Bugaboo showroom; at night, baby-free locals pile in for pizzas and booze.
This swanky neighbourhood joint is a Chiswick fixture for good reason: Charlotte, it turns out, is the perfect host. The stylish yet homely bar makes gin a star ingredient in its cocktails, while the elegant dining room – all sleek lines and skylit neutrals – specialises in seasonal Modern European menus featuring the likes of umami-rich mackerel tartare with oyster mayo and seaweed crackers, or wild garlic risotto with morels and mascarpone.
With every London borough now fully caffeinated with sustainable, single-origin beans and cult blends, any newcomer to the scene needs to find a way to stand out from the coffee crowd. Chief Coffee goes with... pinball machines. Load up on caffeine and cakes in the ground-floor café, then take that chemical high downstairs and reacquaint yourself with your ’90s self via old-school games like Revenge from Mars.
This place is part of a sprawling chain of food-centred pubs, some standard-setters, others so-so. Fortunately, The Duke is one of the former: on the menu, Spanish-inflected dishes such as chistorra sausages with patatas bravas or much-loved lobster paella do battle with Brit pub staples such as steak pie or fish and chips. Meanwhile, the tastefully faded Victorian interiors and views over Acton Green add to the all-round appeal.
We wouldn’t say that Foxlow is any less expensive than its starry sibling Hawksmoor, just that it’s a quicker roll home. Every dish is perfectly calibrated: the richness of the meaty, slow-cooked ribs offset with tangy green slaw; the briskly battered squid tarted up with devilled mayo; the steaks perfectly cooked to order. And it’s not just the food: the cocktails, service and atmosphere are all spot-on, too.
Forget Waitrose – you know your street’s been gentrified if there’s a branch of this brilliant pizzeria on it. Good value, great quality and family-friendly, this is a proudly egalitarian neighbourhood offering that fits most casual occasions. The six-strong selection of excellent sourdough pizzas (plus a couple of specials) are topped with less obvious, all-organic ingredients, with not a pineapple chunk in sight – the beers and wines are organic, too.
Mikael Jonsson’s restaurant is the kind of place any self-respecting food lover would wish to call theirs. Its industrial chic look and Nordic concept were ahead of the curve, while its commitment to sourcing the freshest, highest quality ingredients, almost all cooked to order, means the tasting menus may vary not only from one evening to another, but even from one table to the next. Thrilling stuff – but the bill hurts.
It’s difficult to find a restaurant that genuinely appeals to most people, but this polished brasserie from the Soho House group seems to have done it. The art deco interiors have enough polish to placate posh parents and would even make your nan feel born-again glam, while rock-solid dishes range from trend-weathering classics (Caesar salad, steak tartare) to modish plates just waiting to be Instagrammed.
If you were playing ‘Family Fortunes’ and the category was ‘famous American dishes’, you’d probably inadvertently shout out most of Jackson & Rye’s menu: there are corn dogs and hush puppies, barbecue ribs and brisket, chowder, and mac and cheese – all near-faithful renderings of the originals or (gasp!) improvements thereupon. The interiors might not be as east-side cool as at the Soho original, but there’s still plenty of atmosphere here.
La Trompette has been filling its tables with the area’s big spenders for nearly two decades. Although it side-steps show-off territory, this is definitely a special occasion destination, with its chic, metropolitan stylings, slick service and luxurious, contemporary European dishes (think linguine topped with crab, sea urchin butter and bottarga shavings, or towering rhubarb crumble soufflé). The wine list and cheese board add to the experience – but also to the bill.
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Brimming with great cafés and restaurants, Notting Hill will always have the perfect meal to suit both your tastebuds and budget. From simple fish and chips at The Fish House to modern cuisine at the Notting Hill Brasserie, find Notting Hill restaurants for when you're in this desirable part of town.
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