We decided to celebrate T’s birthday at La Trompette Chiswick. It has been approximately 10 years since I was last there and T had never been. I remember La Trompette as having an understated, elegant, luxurious feel and when we got there it evoked the same feeling. The waiters and waitresses are attentive and welcoming. You feel special from the moment you walk through the door.
We ordered the 3 course set menu. Before we received our starters we were served a delicate and light amuse-bouche. It was a melt in your mouth dish: an aerated crisp with a texture like a prawn cracker, served with honey and goats cheese to give a lovely sweet and salty crunch.
We followed this with our starters of (i) Cornish mackerel, coco de Paimpol, white aubergine and salsa verde and (ii) Caramelised calves sweetbread, cep fondue, pearl barley and fresh cobnuts. The mackerel was seared with crispy skin on the outside in a light broth mix. The sweetbread was crispy to bite on and a soft melt behind. The sauce was umami heaven with Scottish mushrooms and plenty of texture. They were a teaser for our mains and we couldn’t wait to see what the main dishes looked and tasted like.
Have a look at the crisp suckling pig, creamed potato, glazed peach, cabbage and sage; and the aged honey roast duck, Scottish ceps, smoked potato, summer turnips, and elderberries. They were mouth watering delicious! I loved the crispy skin of the suckling pig and the duck was perfectly pink, tender and moist with the caramelised honeyed skin giving a sophisticated taste of the orient.
Our first two courses left a lot to take in so we settled ourselves for a while before requesting our puddings. We chose these gorgeous desserts of (i) Damson and gingerbread soufflé, with buttermilk ice cream and (ii) Bitter chocolate pavé, golden raisin and salt caramel. The soufflé was so light which contrasted with the rich chocolate pavé. The waiter expertly spooned the buttermilk ice-cream into the soufflé in front of us, adding a theatrical twist to the feast for eyes and tastebuds alike.
At this stage I was completely full having enjoyed the 3 courses. However, T saw the cheeseboard and had to have some.
We brought our own wine, a 2015 red pinot noir from the Storm winery, South Africa, to have with our meal, although the wine menu would have been worth exploring as there was a rich list of wines from both old and new world. The pinot noir had a deep maroon tinge to the meniscus with red and black currants on the nose. While there were some initial medium level of tannins which softened after aeration. There was also some pepper, with black and red currants on the palate with slight acidity and a good length which worked well with some of the rich tastes of our starters and main courses. Definitely worth a try and it was really enjoyable but probably would improve if left for a few more years to age (I’m pleased to say the house sommelier agreed!).
Initially T was going to try a Sauterne with his pavé, but was thankful that the sommelier suggested a lightly chilled red fortified wine from Uruguay: the 2014 Tannat, Viñedos de los Vientos. It was inspired as the acidity of the Tannat was needed to cut through the rich chocolate sweetness, and the Sauterne may well have been overwhelmed as being too similar and more delicate than the dessert. Instead, our sommelier guide expertly steered the Sauterne for T’s cheese selections. It paired superbly with the gorgonzola cheese producing a taste explosion for his senses.
La Trompette Chiswick continues to have exquisite food and service, is worthy of its Michelin star and is highly recommended for special occasions.
Address: 3 – 7 Devonshire Road, London W4 2EU
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