Sometimes, it is easy to forget that London stretches out further than the bubble of the city centre. As the definitive guide to all the finest destinations that London has to offer, we ventured a little further afield, away from the Michelin stars of central, to Chiswick, and stumbled upon Sam’s Brasserie and Bar. Sam’s Brasserie is one of those perfect eateries that are there when you need them the most. Delightfully informal and unpretentious, it prides itself on serving simple cuisine using the very best of British produce. The menu is not lavish, but hearty and delicious, and still refined enough to make a visit feel a little special.
Co-owner Sam Harrison, who has previously worked with Rick Stein in Padstow and in Sydney for two years, spearheads the restaurant. Indeed, Stein thinks so highly of the restaurant, he is an investor in it. The décor is simple, and somewhat exemplary of brasserie styling. Leather booths command one wall, whilst the rest of the restaurant comprises of pine-coloured tables and chairs and low hanging lighting, and a light stone floor. So much focus is put on the exquisitely crafted food at Sam’s that nothing is designed to steal the diner’s focus, hence the understated décor. We started with Calamari and a Buffalo Mozzarella, Broad Bean & Rocket Salad, Chilli, Mint & Lemon Dressing – both of which were delicious, light and just how you expect simple food to be presented. The real star of the meal, however, was the aged, rib-eye steak. With a texture like butter and cooked to perfection, this most simple of dishes truly stole the show.
On leaving, one thought was unanimous between us. Sam’s may not provide the luxury of central London destinations but, if you ever find yourself in Chiswick, it will provide you with some delicious fare.
Barley Mow Centre, 11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick W4 4PH
Tel: 020 8987 0555
Written by Rebecca Atherton – 21/9/12