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AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Light, French-based cooking of exemplary consistency and flair

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At a glance

Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Okay, it maybe just a couple of paces from Kew Gardens tube, but its leafy ‘suburban village’ setting – on horseshoe-shaped Station Parade – is as charming as you like. Light and airy like its name implies, the wedge-shaped space comes with full-drop glass frontage. It’s every inch the go-to dining room for the Kew set, and not just because it’s a sibling to acclaimed duo Chez Bruce and La Trompette, but because it pulls off neighbourhood fine dining with admirable panache. Pedigree shines through from the off with underplayed warm; neutral tones, textured walls, roman blinds, white linen, polished-wood floors and colourful abstract artworks give the space a smart modern sheen. Likewise the cheery, on-cue staff add another layer of gloss to the relaxed, unbuttoned vibe. But the main draw here is the classy, light, contemporary European cooking – underpinned by classical French foundation – with regularly-changing menus of light, prettily presented, detailed dishes high on precision, flavour and intelligent simplicity. Take eye-catching plates like bold-statement grilled mackerel fillet topped with sunflower seeds and teamed with courgette ribbons, caramelised apple and gooseberry to open, and to follow, more inspired dishes like Cornish cod with grilled octopus, Italian beans, parsley purée and an umami-kick anchovy dressing. Desserts are equally impressive, perhaps full-on raspberry sorbet with port-poached figs and lavender honey. The wine list is a corker, and lunch a steal at this pitch.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 24–26 December, 1 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Berwyn Davies

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern International
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 20
  • Wines over £30: 479
  • Wines by the glass: 20

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 14
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 60
  • Off-site parking available: On street (meter)

Additional information

  • Seats: 60

Getting here

Just outside Kew Gardens underground station

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Three-course lunch from£32.50**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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