Saturday, 6 January 2018

Annie's Chiswick



In today's post, I'm back with yet another restaurant/venue review. Going out for dinner is one of my favourite things to do, but it can quickly become old when you're going to the same places all the time. There are only so many times I can order the pollo spinaci calzone from Zizzi before it makes me sick to my stomach to even speak of.

On Wednesday evening I went for a cute little date night with one of my friends, who booked us a table at a restaurant in Chiswick called Annie's. I can't fault this place at all. The décor, the food, the service - I just want to say now that I highly recommend you go and try it. 

The setting was very cosy and intimate. It had a sort of shabby chic décor with dim lighting and only a handful of tables. I think I saw five or six tables in the restaurant, including ours. Although I'm not sure if there is an extra seating area towards the back or not. But it was exactly the kind of relaxing setting you picture yourself in after a long day of work. Not overly busy, not overly quiet. Just very mellow.

At first, when I looked at the menu, I was surprised to find that it was so small. The starters and mains were printed on one A4 sheet and the drinks were all listed on the back. I thought this would mean that there wasn't much to choose from, but there was quite a variety in terms of the dishes. I remember seeing lamb, chicken, pork, seafood. There was a lovely looking chilli prawn starter that I would love to try if I went back for example. The dishes on the menu were mouth watering and I was starving, so I was immediately sold on getting myself at least a starter and a main for sure.


StarterLemon Marinated Chicken Skewers Tzatziki & Flatbread

I would never usually choose flavours like this, but as I've said I'm trying to experiment more with food. I don't usually like lemon either but the flavours of the tzatziki meshed so well with the salad and the crunch of the flatbread added a nice texture to the dish. It was also the perfect portion size for a starter.


MainRoast Pork Belly with Cabbage, Bacon, Onions & Apple Compote



This main was probably the best pork I have ever tasted in my life. It was literally melting in my mouth, came away from the crackling with such ease and it was packed with flavour. The cabbage was cooked perfectly, not too hard or too mushy and I even ate some of the crackling which I wouldn't usually do. I just can't believe how soft the meat was, it was cooked perfectly. If you go there and you like pork, you have to try this main. I had a side order of chips with it just to give myself something more substantial as I can't really just eat a piece of meat and some vegetables, but the dish on it's own was definitely a stand out.


Dessert - Apple and Plum Crumble with Custard

Finally, the dessert that made my life. When crumble is done right, it is like an absolute dream for my palette and this one was almost done perfectly. The crumble itself was very sweet, with a nice crunch on top. And thank god it wasn't made of oats as I hate when the crumble part of crumble is made of oats - that isn't crumble! The flavours of the plum and apple were amazing. The sweetness of the apple and the crumble itself were cut by the slight sharpness from the plums and there was a gorgeous sauce from the stewed fruit running through it all. This is only the second time now that I've had a plum crumble but I really enjoyed it and would even go as far as saying that I kind of prefer plum to apple crumble now! My only criticism is that the plums were sliced and I do prefer my fruit in a crumble to be slightly smaller. Taste wise however, it was perfect.

I ended up paying £40 for my meal in total, which isn't too bad but definitely isn't cheap either. However, I have paid this kind of price for food before and I haven't felt that it was as worth it. For example, restaurants like Burger & Lobster and Dishoom, where the food is tasty but perhaps slightly over-priced. At Dishoom, they charge you separately for the meat, the sauce and the rice to go with it and although delicious, I feel that their pricing system is just a way of exhausting customers of their funds. At Annie's I felt that everything I paid for was 100% worth the price.

My final comments are all positive. Even though the portion sizes were almost too substantial that I couldn't eat all of my dessert, I would rather have too much than too little for the prices they charge. It was only a shame as the food was so incredibly yummy. But if you do go, you will definitely be getting what you pay for and it will be money well spent!
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