162-170 Chiswick High Road
Tel: 0208 742 7474
On the quest for seasonal food, Ren Behan visits the High Road Brasserie on Chiswick High Road for a relaxed summer’s evening supper.
The High Road Brasserie is a bustling French-style bistro on Chiswick High Road, sitting below the High Road House Hotel and Members’ Club, all part of The Soho House Group. The Brasserie offers both indoor and outdoor seating all year round and is open daily from 7am on weekdays and 8am at the weekend.
The Brasserie is very popular with the local residents of Chiswick, offering a family-orientated, suburban atmosphere particularly during the day and at weekends. A full Breakfast Menu is offered as well as a Set Lunch Menu (two courses £12.50/ three courses £15.50), making it a popular hub for mums with kids during the week.
Saturday Brunch is also a busy time, offering breakfast such as Eggs, Any Style On Toast (£5.00) or French Toast with Rhubarb and Cream (£6.50). I am also told by the chef that the Sunday Roast (£17.00) with a choice of chicken or rib of beef, served with roasted new potatoes, cauliflower cheese and summer greens, is also popular with families.
A menu for ‘Little People’ is available for £6.00 with a choice of ice-cream or fruit for pudding.
We popped into the High Road Brasserie for a mid-week evening supper and although there were one or two children dining with their parents, there was a good mix of groups, couples and post-work catch-ups; I am told this is the ‘media’ end of town. The lively atmosphere inside could be seen spilling out into a large area with tables on the pavement, giving the brasserie its classic French bistro/café feel.
The décor is modern and neat, with a large bar directly in front of the entrance, an open kitchen to one side with tables in front and cosier corners with leather bench-lined walls in a section to the right. Most striking is the Victorian tiled floor throughout the brasserie, offering a patchwork of colours, patterns and interesting designs which enhances the friendly and laid-back atmosphere of the house and staff.
On our visit there were many aspects of the menu which were seasonally- inspired, with classic choices such as English Asparagus with Poached Egg and Hollandaise for starters (£7.50) or a light Broad Bean and Pecorino Soup (£5.50). The small plates are ideal for sharing; the Spiced Aubergine and Flatbread, Deep Fried Camembert with Onion Chutney or Sausage Rolls and Ketchup (all at £5.00/3 for £14) would also soak up an evening beer very nicely.
Stand-out seasonal mains and desserts included Lamb Rump, Spring Carrots and Salsa Verde (£15.50) and Strawberry Shortbread (£6.00) – both perfect for a summer’s evening.
All-in-all, the menu at the High Road Brasserie would offer something suitable for most palates at any time of the day, with its relaxed atmosphere making it a popular and friendly local hub.