Saturday, February 28, 2009

Eat French : La Brasserie, Brompton Road

It's a tradition in the Teh family that on your birthday, you get to choose a restaurant to go and have a meal. As my middle sister seems to be spending a lot of time in Fulham (owing to friend and boyfriend commitments), I guess it was no surprise that we found ourselves on the Brompton Road for a nice French supper at La Brasserie.

As the name suggests, decor was very much modelled on a French Brasserie, but as I can't really remember much else about it, can't have been particularly impressive. As we sat down and waited for my sister (who incidentally was late and was only coming from 5 minutes away. FAIL!) We were brought some decent bread, but the star of the show was the butter. Unsalted, creamy and absolutely delicious.

As to the menu, if you're looking for French food, this place ticks all the boxes. Escargot. Tick. Soupe a l'oignon. Tick. Steak Tartare. Tick. I could tick forever. As you can see, prices are in the upper echelons, and after ordering the onion soup and entrecote, I was hoping for fireworks.

What I did get may not have set the night on fire, but were more like sparklers than fireworks. The onion soup was adequately pleasant, with a tonne of Gruyere melted on top. The crouton was, I guess, traditional, but was a little too soggy for my liking. The entrecote was requested at medium and medium it was, with a good flavour. However, it was far too tough.

One thing I noticed was that everything seemed to be very heavily salted. Being the Chinese family we are, we tried a bit of everybody's food. My mum had lamb, which was alright. My sister had the crab linguine which would have been nice, had it not been for the fact that I'm not the biggest fan of crab and it was far too salty. My other sisters duck (yes, I have more than 1. 3 at the last count) seemed to be nice. I didn't have a chance to taste it before she had polished it off. Finally, a side of Potato Gratin was again, predictably, salty and the portion was meagre, very much on the small side.

Final verdict, an ok meal. It was, in my eyes, pretty pricey for what we got, but at the end of the day, this is the heart of Fulham so what really was I expecting?

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Matt said...

Wah...yr mum looks positively skinny! Seems like a good meal for all, yr choices would have been my choices. Love onion soup, duck and linguine.

Matthew Steeples said...

I can't agree. Here's my review:

You should try it again.

(But it's not in Fulham, it is in South Kensington/Brompton Cross by the way).