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Friday, 29 April 2011

High Road Brasserie in Chiswick

High Road Brasserie, Ant and Dec’s restaurant venture on Chiswick High Road stole the site of my beloved childhood ice-cream parlour, Fouberts, so I wasn’t keen on it from the start. Though as summers have passed, I have watched and envied happy diners sitting there, sipping cappuccinos and gleefully tucking into delicious looking plates of food, so eventually I accepted the place into Turnham Green’s family of businesses.

Before the Grand National we went for brunch. The weather was glorious and after experiencing numerous brunches in NY, I am hooked on this mid morning meal. This brasserie has a luxuriously large outdoor space, thanks to the expansive pavements and so even on sunny days there are enough seats outside for everyone. We sat, lapping up the sun and ordered a big assortment of breakfast-brunch dishes to keep our hunger at bay till dinner.

The menu, and restaurant decor, is modern European with a French bias. The breezy spacious room with its tiled floor is reminiscent of a Parisian establishment. The freshest orange juice and water was delivered to us pronto, next light frothy coffees and then our chosen food. My friend had been craving Eggs Benedict and finally had the opportunity to order this classic New York recipe. I had a standard bacon sandwich, which was made with deliciously thick and crispy bacon and fresh wholemeal bread, lightly buttered. For brunch dessert (if such a concept exists!) we shared a portion of warm waffles with crème fraiche, ripe berries and maple syrup - it was perfectly assembled and full of sweet flavour. Service was quick and friendly.

I grew up around this area and so I’m delighted to have found such a nice place to return to for brunch, or lunch or dinner – these two menus looked great too. This stylish cafe epitomises Chiswick cool - have a delicious brunch in the sunshine and watch the yummy mummies go by.

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