Carvossos at 210
Carvossos at 210. The ‘210’ relates to its location on Chiswick High Road, and a few minutes’ walk from Turnham Green tube station. If I lived in Chiswick it’s the sort of place where I would happily meet friends for a chat over a drink or bit of lunch. Neither of us had even been there before but the welcome we received from manager Joanna and waiter David was as warm as if we called in most days.
The building dates back to the 17th century and was once a police station, complete with cells (cosy today) and stables. Its current owners sensibly retained a number of its period features such as the lovely wood panelling and exposed brickwork, incorporating them along with an interesting mix of pictures into an inviting wine bar and restaurant.
The large and comfortable wine bar offers over 150 wines, over 50 of them available by the glass. They stock a good selection of bottled and draught beers, and by all accounts have a reputation for mixing up a mean cocktail too. If I decided not to sit in the bar you would find me in the cosy lounge in front of the open fire; or in summer outside in the courtyard. Upstairs are some private function rooms – great for a private party.
We were there early and had chosen to sit in one of the booths. We were glad we had because as the restaurant filled up we realised that the tables were rather close together. It can be fun chatting to diners at the next table, but not always!
David, our waiter, looked after us wonderfully – guiding us through the menu and choosing an excellent glass of wine each. A two course lunch time set menu costs £13.50 and £15.50 for three courses. There is also an a la carte option, plus a separate bar menu. The food is a mix of modern European in style interspersed with a generous sprinkling of British classics. Unfortunately I was allergic to one of the set menu main courses and really didn’t like the other option so I chose the à la carte Smoked Haddock Fish Pie. David did warn me that the portion was large, and so warned I left the bread basket to my friend. She was delighted, evidently the bread was excellent.
The fish pie was indeed huge – packed with smoked haddock and some peas all snuggling under a blanket of cheesy mashed potato. Even sharing with my friend who had opted for the lighter set menu I wasn’t able to finish my dish. Unfortunately this meant that I wasn’t able to manage a dessert whilst she tucked into a yummy looking pudding!
Carvossos at 210: 210 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1PD. Tel: 0208 995 9121