Given the fact that Hammersmith is a major travel hub, it is unsurprising that you can explore the culinary world in a day with the area's restaurants. They feature a wide range of cuisines, from Keralite food (from an area in southern India) at Shilpa and eclectic vegetarian fare of The Gate to Saigon Saigon's Vietnamese and Polanka's Polish menus. Perhaps more surprising is how well priced it all is.
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Brackenbury Wine Rooms
This Hammersmith Grove spot comes from a group with similar venues in Fulham and Kensington. The focus is on wine – it's a wine shop as well as a wine bar – but there's also a grown-up food menu, as well as good-looking bar plates. Forty-eight wines are available by the glass, served via Enomatic wine dispensers. The list is categorised by styles (think 'clean and lean', 'aromatic and textured', juicy, bright and structured' and 'heavyweights'), with worlds old and new given equal billing. Bar plates include English charcuterie and cheeses from Androuet. The main food menu features dishes such as foie gras with quince jelly and toast, confit duck salad with watermelon, cashews and pomegranate, herb gnocchi with spring vegetables, parmesan and rocket, and onglet steak served with hand-cut chips.
"Happy hour 5-7pm, Monday to Friday."