Dec 7 2012

Restaurant Review: Sams Brasserie, Chiswick

Sam's Brasserie in Chiswick, London

Chiswick is one of my favourite parts of London, leafy boutique filled streets and hidden gems of restaurants off of the beaten track. So when the lovely folks at Sams Brasserie invited me for supper there last week, I was more than a little excited.

Sams is very much a neighbourhood restaurant, with a massively homely feel. As soon as we walked in, the whole place was buzzing with friends catching up over deliciously cooked food and good wine. Whilst the food is up there with some of the best restaurants that I’ve eaten in, you don’t feel at all awkward when you walk in, no stuffy silences or snooty staff… a really friendly atmosphere.

With plenty of choice available on the menu, you might want to give yourself plenty of time to choose. My favourite dish by far was the Ricotta, Wild Mushroom & Spinach Pithivier which was insanely good. Even though I was stuffed, I could quite easily have eaten it all again. You can read my full review over at This Little Lady (which has also had a lovely re-design by the way).

Ricotta, Wild Mushroom & Spinach Pithivier at Sams Brasserie, Chiswick

Without sounding too blasse, we’re incredibly lucky in London to have a wealth of options available when it comes to restaurants, many of which serve great food. What sets Sams apart though is the people. The staff took the time to talk to us, explaining each of the meals fully and taking a real interest in what we thought of them. Their excitement for the Christmas Menu which was launching the next day was palpable and you could just tell that they actually loved what they do.

On a side note, there aren’t many restaurants where the waitress would come over half way through the meal to instruct you that your suitcase that they’re storing for you is vibrating and then pretend to believe you when you inform them it’s your toothbrush. Couldn’t be more grateful to that girl, I could have died! 😀

Be sure to check out Sams for yourself if you’re over that side of town. It’s well worth the trip and reasonably priced for the quality of food and service that you’ll receive. Great place to catch up with friends and family.

Sams Brasserie
11 Barley Mow Passage
W4 4PH
Tel: 0208 987 0555

Nov 21 2012

Good food, great wine and countdown to xmas

The lovely folks at Geronimo Inns invited me along to a food at wine matching evening at my favourite Chelsea haunt The Builders Arms along with the likes of Kings Road Rocks and Lux Life, some of my fave lifestyle bloggers in London Town.

The Builders Arms holds many fond memories for me, being annual venue for the Christmas Jumper supper that myself and around 20 friends have each year the week before Christmas. Somehow they never seem to mind the raucous noise from our table, they’re never stuffy, always super friendly and yet provide exceptional food and wine. It’s definitely not your average pub.

Having finally been seated (I was a little too eager to speak to everybody), we were given a little insight as to what a treat we were in for. The food had a definite Northern twist to it, to reflect the chef’s roots, whilst the folks from Ellis of Richmond did a fantastic job of matching the wines. They don’t know it yet, but they’re my new best friend. My favourite dish had to be the salted cod with potato, closely followed by the Eccles cake. Died and went to Heaven… several times over. You can read my full review over at This Little Lady Went to London.

Of course, no evening would be complete without Gemma sharing the love for the Countdown to Xmas Twitter account amongst the group, or even better the Big Ben account. Somehow she finds it surprising that all it does is bong. Apparently it lacks banter. Enough said.

For those of you that are yet to experience The Builders Arms, I’d highly recommend it. It’s Gastro Pub done properly, with character and without the feeling of a massive chain. It also helps that you stand the chance of seeing Pippa Middleton in there. Yes, you’ll be in good company.

Kings Road Rocks, GG Closet and I

This is meeeee (in the middle) joined by the gorgeous Kings Road Rocks (to the left) and GG Closet (to the right). A thorn between two roses 😉

Try it out for yourself: 13 Britten Street  Chelsea, London SW3 3TY. TEL: 020 7349 9040

Much love,

M xox

Nov 11 2012

Sonny’s Kitchen: My Review

Last week, I was lucky enough to visit Sonny’s Kitchen in Barnes, not my usual neck of the woods but well worth the trip.

Whilst hidden away in leafy suburbia, the interior is incredibly modern and beautifully designed with incredible artwork. There’s a definite buzz about the place and the staff can’t do enough for you.

The food is delectable… I opted for the wild mushroom tart, followed by Salmon… Both courses were totally delicious but it was the desert that left me speechless, chocolate fondant with the hidden surprise of popping candy. I think the world stopped for a little bit as I was eating it.

I did a full review over on This Little Lady Went to London, so why don’t you grab a cuppa and take a peak. You know you want to!

I’d love to hear your favourite restaurants too, so feel free to share in the comments. I will then re-post and we can all have a great big love-in.

Much Sunday love.

M xox

p.s. this is what we thought of the desert. I definitely wouldn’t suggest sharing 😉