Whilst London’s most trendy diners are heading East for their quick fix of fad foods and theatrical cocktails, West London still seems to be the stomping ground for the white table-clothed Michelin starred fare.
Rather than pitch tent in either camp Charlotte’s Bistro, a mere skip, hop and jump from Chiswick High Street, has bridged the gap, offering high quality dishes at Shoreditch street food prices. The dining room offers plenty of natural lighting and the minimalistic interior doesn’t offend, but it’s not exactly a décor that you’ll remember when you leave. The food however, is.
Starters of rich and plentiful Farmhouse Terrine and the more delicately flavoured ham Hock and Apple Salad are contrasting dishes that cover both needs. Equally delicious, the main of slow cooked Welsh shoulder is a hearty dish with balanced flavours that was a doddle for my fellow diner to mop up. The only slight fail was my crisp ‘Creedy Carver’ duck leg with new seasoned potatoes and caramelised onion. The leg was the centrepiece of a plate already rich in flavour that would benefit by having a less greasy breast to tone down the dish a touch.
Dessert-wise, the light dark chocolate tart and delicious vanilla packed cheesecake are both plates big enough to fill, but not too much to kill.
Service was impeccable throughout, with a 90 minute dining experience flying by with ease. Charlotte’s Bistro won’t have the more seasoned gastronome foaming at the mouth but what it does, it does well.
At £18.95 for three courses Monday to Friday and £8.50 for some of the tastiest cocktails I’ve tasted in a while, (the Gimlish with gin, homemade marmalade and blueberry and thyme cordial will last seconds) should have you heading for the district line more often. The lack of skinny jeans, bad beards and having to eat standing up is the icing on the cake!
Cuisine type: Modern European Bistro
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £37.50
6 Turnham Green Terrace
London W4 1QP
020 8742 3590