Review on The Glasshouse
The aptly named Glasshouse restaurant with its vast expanses of glass provides views out onto the leafy pavements and village-style shops in this backwater of Kew, a short stroll away from the world famous gardens.
Inside, all is stylishly contemporary with a dark chestnut floor, brown leather seats and attractive abstract pictures on the walls. Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole – the duo behind Chez Bruce and La Trompette – own the place, so standards are rigorously maintained. It helps that chef Daniel Mertl has been around long enough to hone his skills and develop his own distinctive style of cooking.
The kitchen is happy to offer earthy peasant-style dishes like roast fillet of Cornish cod with macaroni cheese and Provençale tomatoes and navarin of lamb alongside more complex assemblages such as an assiette of pork with fillet, belly and cheeks served with an apple and choucroute tart or crisp John Dory with creamed white polenta, buttered baby vegetables, braised fennel and chives.
A warm salad of wood pigeon with deep-fried truffled egg is the restaurant's signature starter, while desserts make plentiful use of seasonal fruits, as in Champagne and blackcurrant trifle with sponge fingers or blood orange sorbet with an olive oil biscuit.
The Glasshouse wine list is a premier-league collection from top-quality, cutting-edge producers across the globe. Good value is part of the package and there is plenty of appropriate drinking to match the food.
The Glasshouse is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm Mon-Sat (12.30 - 3.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.30pm Mon-Sat (7.00 - 10.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express