January 31, 2019
Romance is a place called Chucs in Westbourne Grove
Chucs in Westbourne Grove is a cozy, but highly sophisticated affair. Cozy because the lighting is soft and romantic, sophisticated because the decor, seating, glassware, cutlery and crockery are off the highest quality, and the waiting staff are all dresses to look like Giorgio Armani models, smart and chic.
We had a lovely table, but actually the restaurant is so well designed that all tables were great. The diners were all happily indulging in delicious authentic Italian dishes. The ambience in the restaurant was relaxed and buzzy and it seemed a most popular eatery.
We began our evening with a couple of Belinis, while we perused the menu, the à la carte and the veganuary menu, both were very interesting, it was quite difficult to choose, the vegan menu was really fabulous with some very exciting dishes.
After a little while and with a little help from our waiter we decided on the fritto misto and zucchini and the tuna tartare. We shared the dishes and enjoyed both equally, the tuna was fresh and flakey and actually quite sweet, the deep friend whitebait and zucchini were delicious and light, seasoned to perfection. These dishes were presented on pretty tableware.
Our main course was sublime, I decided to go for one of my favourites, saffron risotto with goat’s cheese, the cheese gave a powerful smooth and creamy texture to the rice, it was truly spectacular, my other half had the black Angus sirloin steak that came with hand-cut chips. The steak cut like butter and was juicy and succulent and the chips were crispy and steaming hot. We had a couple of side dishes, a green salad and cherry tomatoes. Every single part of this evening was perfect, from the moment we were greeted to the very last moment when we were escorted to the door, where we were offered help to find a taxi. Before that though we did indulge in a dessert. I love crème brûlée and this was a cherry brûlée, the top was crisp and the inside light, creamy and flavoursome. My other half chose the classic tiramisu, it was presented in a glass, layered to perfection with just the right amount of alcohol, for him. We enjoyed all three courses, it was a feast never to be forgotten.
We both felt really privileged to have been invited to dine at Chucs, it has a wonderful reputation and rightly so.
The ambience, the cuisine, the waiting staff, the decor and the general restaurant design was absolutely superb in every way. For us this was a 10/10 and we will be returning.
As an after thought, Chucs would be a super romantic spot for Valentines Day.
A: 226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH, United Kingdom
T: +44(0) 207 243 9136