Brasa, SW6

Brasa 217x300 Brasa, SW6Literally meaning ‘live coal’ in Spanish, Brasa sets its stall out to be the home for quality grilled meat in West London.  By providing a menu largely based around dishes cooked on an impressive Asador Grill, imported especially from the Basque Mountains area of Spain, Brasa certainly has the credentials to back up its promise.

Brasa’s dining room has an effortless chic New York loft-style feel.  Large windows cover an entire side of the dining room, flooding the spacious room with natural light, whilst the décor features exposed brickwork juxtaposed with luxurious fabric-covered walls.  Additionally, voyeuristic diners will no doubt appreciate a full view of the chefs at work in the kitchen.  To finish the look, an impressive restaurant-length marble bar provides a cool setting for a few pre-dinner cocktails. For those who want to make a proper night of it, diners can also head downstairs after their meal to Brasa’s lively sister venue, Broadway Bar & Grill, for more drinks.

Head Chef Danny MacGechan has put together a simple menu based on quality seasonal ingredients, with meat coming from organic UK farms and seafood from the Dorset coast.  Despite the simplicity of the dishes, MacGechan’s presentation really raises the appeal of his food, especially his use of skillets for the grilled meat dishes.

Our starters included a truly delicious dish of Smoked eel with bacon & potato and a tasty but under-seasoned Potted rabbit with sourdough.  Our mains put most of the restaurant’s meat repertoire to the test, ranging from the good in the Grilled Barnsley lamb chop and a well cooked but under-aged tasting Longhorn fillet steak to the somewhat disappointingly dry Grilled Cornish dark chicken.  Chips were also a little hit and miss, with some of the Triple cooked chips appearing perfectly crisp and fluffy and others that were burnt and literally crisp like. Puddings were suitably impressive for my dining partners to wolf-down despite the hearty meal, including a Baked banana split that had us fighting for more, a gooey Chocolate tart and a lush Rice pudding with fig jam.

A good selection of wine is also available at reasonable prices, including a Cabernet-Merlot Stellenbosch 2008 that proved a perfect match for our dishes and came in at £22.  However, the cost of a meal will vary massively based on the main dishes ordered. For example, the lamb provided decent value at around £16 but the top-priced fillet steak was a little a little too pricey at £32.

Food: 3/5
Venue: 3/5
Value: 3/5

Cuisine: Grills/Steak
Dinner for two (excluding drink): £70
Wine: £4.50
Cocktails: £7.50

Brasa
474-476 Fulham Road
London SW6 1BY
Tel: 0207 610 3137
www.brasalondon.com