I have often been accused of eating like a little bird but frankly, I eat more like a squirrel. Fair enough, I don’t store my food in my cheeks, but I do have the muffin tops to sustain me in times when food is not abundant, or rather, when I am too lazy to cook for myself. When, on the other hand, food is put in front of me, I have no qualms in eating as much of it as I can just about stomach. You never know when you might hit lean times, don’t you agree? Best to make the most of every eating opportunity, I say. I have always been a nibbler and a grazer, so the tapas concept of having lots of small portions of different tastes appeals to me greatly.
Little Bird in Chiswick offers just that, so not only does the name appealingly bring to mind nature and cute baby animals, here they serve up a multitude of small portioned delights. Perfect, n’est-ce pas?
Here, once again, restaurateur extraordinaire Lorraine Angliss, owner of the two ‘Annie’s’ in Chiswick and Barnes, and of ‘Rock ‘n Rose’ cocktail bar in Richmond, has hit the nail on the head with this little gem. Situated in a small parade next to a holistic cat and dog groomers’ in one of Chiswick’s prettiest residential areas, this little cocktail lounge is stunningly presented over three differently furnished sections and fire-lit outdoor areas, front and back. Exotic palm trees and Moroccan touches, arched mirrors and jungly wallpaper, trendy retro seating with low tables, candles and fairy lights all make for a most convivial ambiance. The waiters too, with their floppy hair, their skinny black jeans and white shirts, are easy on the eye. Clearly word has got out. On the evening the Lovely Husband and I hit this newish hot spot, each and every table was taken and there was an animated buzz in the air.
Predictably from such a pro, the menu has been expertly put together and sports all those dishes pretty much everyone finds irresistible. There’s Blackened Miso Cod Fillet, Dim Sum Gyoza, Grilled Halloumi with with Courgettes, Toasted Pinenuts and Rocket Pesto, Angus Beef Sliders, Sticky Barbeque Baby Back Pork Ribs, Red Duck Curry, Teriyaki Salmon and many more enticing options, not to mention various tempting sides topped off by seriously good puddings. This is a foodie’s nirvana all right!
Our waiter tells us that all the dishes come in tapas sizes so it’s advisable to order three of them per head but we’re cautious, the LH and I. After much umming and ahing, we finally settle on four between us, a Teriyaki Salmon Fillet and Lime, a Tuna Ceviche, Avocado, Chilli and Corn Chips, a Red Duck Curry with Thai Spices and Coriander Sesame Naan and a Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Ginger and Chilli, plus a side dish of Courgette Fritti with Sweet Soy. When they arrive, all pretty much together, we need a further small side table to accommodate them. Little Bird? They must be joking! This amount of food could easily feed an entire committee of hunger starved vultures! Each dish is about the size of a large starter or a moderate main course. We literally have a lot on our plates! But we are not the types to be defeated. Those muffin tops need nurturing, so we tuck in with glee.
And it’s all good! The crab and the courgettes are deep fried in a lovely light tempura batter and come with delicious dipping sauces, the curry boasts more sweet potato than duck, but that’s just fine because it is fabulously tasty and warming on this cold winter evening. The salmon is beautifully prepared and the tuna with the avocado really quite dreamy in its harmony of flavours and textures. We polish it all off.
Stuffed like the Thanksgiving Turkeys all our friends across the pond are eating this evening, we still can’t resist just a taste of the offerings on the dessert menu.
I chose the Salt Caramel Cheesecake and Popcorn and, after some persuasion, the Lovely Husband goes for the Bread and Butter Pudding with Rum, Coconut, Lime and Vanilla Ice Cream. I argue that, now we are here, we need to taste more than just one. For the blog, of course, absolutely not because I am greedy, you understand. The popcorn on the cheesecake gives it an eclectic unusual look but it’s really the creamy cake that has me enthusing profusely. As cheesecakes go, this one definitely hits the spot. The Bread and Butter Pud is no slouch either, it’s deceptively light and spongey all at once, and very moreish. But here’s where we stop. Not another crumb will pass our lips! The old buzzard and his fat bird hop out of the premises and back to their nest.
Our bill came to £83.14 including service charge, a bottle of Pinot Grigio and an Americano coffee.
What I wore
Black Gap 1969 skinny jeans, white lacy Top Shop top, black Zadie and Voltaire blazer with black sparkly sequin wings on the back, high heeled black suede Kurt Geiger slingbacks, orange Hermes Kelly bag.
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