Lunch at La Trompette

A quick note on Wednesday’s lunch at La Trompette in Chiswick, with Robin Davis and Tom Carson. It’s under the same ownership as the excellent Glasshouse in Kew, a joint venture between Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole, and is similarly excellent.

This is all that a high-end restaurant should be. Excellent food, at very fair prices, and a superbly put together, non-gougey wine list.

I started withRare grilled tuna with sauce vierge, celery and black pepper crème frâiche (top), which was superbly executed. This was followed by Parmesan gnocchi with wild mushrooms, cauliflower polonaise and baby artichokes – a dish that looked quite fussy and over-complicated, but had a nice combination of sweet and savoury flavours. The food here is just so interesting and engaging, as well as being visually stunning.

To drink, Robin ordered a bottle of rather fine Burgundy.

Rene Engel Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Brulees 2002 Burgundy
Lovely full, elegant cherry fruit here, with some savoury spice and mineral notes and nice tannins, finishing with fine, fresh acidity. It’s perfumed and elegant, and drinking very well: there’s still a lot of sweet fruit, but there’s also a lovely savouriness emerging with earth and mineral notes lurking in the background. Real finesse. 94/100

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2 comments to Lunch at La Trompette

  • Could we add that their sommeliers have been consistently excellent – their wine list is extremely broad and innovative (particularly in the dessert wines) and their sommeliers always know their stuff, without a hint of either pomposity or deliberate upselling.

  • I don’t want to sound fussy but red Burgundy with a dish of cauliflower (that look as if they were raw?) and artichoke? Surely that must have been a painful match?

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