Saturday, 11 March 2017

Brunchin' at No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

From the second I stepped through the door it was obvious that No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station was going to become one of my favourite spots in London. The whole aesthetic had me written all over it and I've taken some serious interior design inspo from there. My Instagram is like an ode to this beautiful little spot on Chiswick High Road at the moment.

The atmosphere was the perfect kind for a Friday morning brunch. It wasn't busy or overcrowded and Ben Howard was playing in the background of the chattering going on from tables around. It was relaxed and so calming. Of course, it is a bar and restaurant so I'm sure in the evening the atmosphere is somewhat different - I hope to go back and see for myself soon!

Being the most stereotypical Brit, English breakfast tea is an absolute must for me when ordering brunch but HOW GOOD did Luke's flat white look? GAH my love for both coffee and tea always gives me such a dilemma in brunch situations especially when the coffee looks that good. 

No. 197 is one of a few neighbourhood bars by Darwin and Wallace around London. They all stock PRESS juices so I opted for a Detox shot, containing charcoal. They're recommended for those with a hangover but I was harbouring the flu/tonsillitis so this was just what I needed. Luke also picked a juice designed for boosting the immune system - he went with the Orchard 2 which was a twist on apple juice containing things like lemon and ginger for an extra kick. 

You know you've chosen a good spot when you get in a complete fluster over what to order from the menu! It was between the blueberry ricotta pancakes or eggs royal for myself and in the end, smoked salmon always wins. Luke went with the house breakfast which looked (and tasted - yes I was that annoying girlfriend demanding a try of everything) ahh-mazing. 

The eggs royal were some of the best I'd tried too. The portion size was so generous and the sourdough toast was crispy. It was topped with avocado, spinach, seasoning and of course smoked salmon. The two poached eggs were the real star of this show though. They were cooked to perfection and the yolk oozed a deep orange. The most delicious start to the weekend imaginable! 

No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station was the perfect spot for a relaxing brunch and I just know it's going to become a regular spot for me to visit when I'm around West London. I'm also determined to try the lunch/evening menus and of course, a selection of cocktails to soak up the evening atmosphere. 

*My visit was complimentary in exchange for an honest review.


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