The other day I went on a rare trip to West London to visit Kew Gardens. Since I only make my way to the other side of London once in a blue moon, I knew I had to make the most of it! Luckily No197 Chiswick Fire Station invited me over to try their food beforehand, so I was able to combine the two and stopped by for a relaxing lunch.
Chiswick Fire Station
No197 Chiswick Fire Station is an independent neighbourhood restaurant and bar with contemporary interior. I’ve already seen its beautiful interior pop up on my Instagram feed a couple of times, and it’s as stunning in real life as on the pictures. Upon entering you will find different seating areas that cater to different needs. The lounge area has the most beautiful blush sofas (I need one for my place ASAP!), perfect for drinks or as in our case coffee and cake. Though, during our lunch, we were sat in a little white booth, enjoying a more intimate experience.
The Food – Light Lunch & Drinks
London’s weather is going crazy at the moment, and it was a really humid day when I went to No 197 Chiswick Fire Station with Emma and Dodo, so we only had a light lunch. The Australian-inspired menu offers all day food and snacks as well as drinks, with ingredients sourced locally and the menu changing seasonally.
- Blue Cheese Pâté (£7.50): Blue cheese infused spread was very buttery and subtle in flavours. Tasty in combination with the hazelnut and quince jelly.
- Steamed Mussels Mariniere (£12.95): Incredibly fresh mussels that were quickly devoured. The cream, white wine, garlic & parsley sauce, however, lacked a bit in taste.
- Coconut Poached Chicken Salad (£14.95): Refreshing and light, the perfect lunch dish. The coconut flavour of the tender chicken pieces was the highlight. Unfortunately, the avocado wasn’t ripe yet.
- Roulade No197, with meringue, raspberry, rhubarb & ginger cream (£6.50): Beautifully presented, perfectly combining different flavours and textures – from the soft sweetness of the meringue to the chewiness of the tangy rhubarb.
The waiter served us a warm loaf of bread with the most delicious spread of butter. Perfect snack, while we were sipping on our cocktails (around £9 each). The drinks were beautifully presented and not short on alcohol, there’s something for everyone on the drinks menu. Classics as well as new mixes and a good selection of beers and wines.
Overall, No 197 Chiswick Fire Station is a beautiful restaurant and bar, perfect for brunch, a drink and/or coffee. The food was good, even though I wasn’t blown away, but it’s the interior and atmosphere that won me over. Take your mum here after a visit to Kew Gardens, or have a romantic date while sipping on your drinks.