FOOD 5 – AMBIENCE 5 – SERVICE 5 – VALUE 5

“We had a great evening. Very tasty food. Good and affordable wine list too. Staff were attentive without being annoying. The tuna carpaccio was amazing.”Benedictmc – Dined on 4 April 2015Tags: outstanding value, romance, special occasions

“Been going to this restaurant for many years as our ‘special treat’ place to eat and it never disappoints.”

Silentdeer – Opentable April 2015

Dear Anka, Anne-Laure and Peter,

Thank you all for making my birthday party such a special evening last week. Your restaurant look beautiful, the tables perfect, the food and wine were delicious in every way, all your staff totally charming, the sunset and weather perfect….the thank you letters and emails have been pouring in to us as everyone loved their evening and were so complimentary about The Depot.

Thank you once again! We hope to come and see you all again very soon.

With very kind regards,

EmmaEmma Farquharson – Interior Design London SW6

Irresistible river views and an atmospheric Victorian stable-yard setting, keep the regulars coming back for more. Modern European classics with va-va voom…

Good Food Guide 2014

“Smart enough for a celebratory splurge, casual enough for a midweek supper, this Thameside brasserie pitches it just right…..fabulous sunset views over the water……an atmospheric backdrop…..helpful, flexible approach…deft, affable service…”

Time Out – Sept 2012

Time Out Sept 2012

“…Polished parquet flooring, olive and mushroom coloured walls, stylish banquettes and clever lighting create an atmospheric backdrop; ask for a window table for fabulous sunset views over the water (there are a few outdoor tables in the courtyard, but none next to the river). The menu is divided by type (‘veggies & salads’, ‘fish & shellfish’), with some dishes available in both starter and main course sizes – a helpful, flexible approach mirrored in the deft, affable service from the mainly female staff. Mediterranean and Asian influences pepper the menu, alongside more obviously British dishes. A large, crisp-coated fish cake, its fluffy interior offset by pickled beetroot and a pomegranate salsa, was a hit, as was a big bowl of skinny fries. Seared mackerel with rosemary roast potatoes and a salad of brown shrimp, cabbage and dill (from the bargain-priced set menu) was marred only by a scalding plate that turned the potatoes limp. Desserts, always a highlight, include a notably wide range of sorbets and ice-creams (top marks for the salted caramel), but our pick is eton mess, an indulgent mash-up with vanilla ice-cream, strawberry sauce and toasted almonds.”

Lovely location, very decent, sensibly priced and crowd-pleasing? Absolutely! ………the menu mixes some creativity (chick pea, vegetable, wild garlic soup with pancetta, sea bream with broccoli tempura, for example) with appetite-inducing classics.

Roast cod came atop minted Jersey Royals, morels, broad beans and English asparagus. The fish was firm, fresh and full flavoured, the supporting acts were vibrant and tasty: the morels were a particularly welcome touch, adding a pleasing, subtle richness. It’s hardly a dish that reinvents the wheel but on a sunny day by the river it ticked my boxes. The same can be said of the warm pear and almond tart, which squidged and crumbled in roughly equal measure and delivered both flavours in efficient and pleasing style.

Worth the trip in its own right? ……given the proximity of Ye White Hart (proper riverside boozer), the efficiency of the journey (four trains an hour from Waterloo) and the fact that there’s a two course lunch for £12.50, yes. Judging by the crowds of locals here for a midweek lunch, you might have a fight to get in. They are, I’m told, already taking bookings for 2011’s Boat Race…

“That’s the trouble when you lose yourself in the warm ambience of a friendly restaurant like this. You eat and relax, and drink and relax and eat and drink and drink and relax until you’ve consumed your entire body weight once over, along with half the menu. Good show Depot!”

www.fluidlondon.co.uk/The_Depot_Brasserie_SW14.Bar_Restaurant

“brilliant river-views” …  “pleasurable” ambience at this local favourite, near Barnes Bridge.

Harden’s Restaurant Guide

With a Thames-side location, situated in what used to be a stable block, this brasserie successfully blends rusticity with contemporary styling giving the place both character and style. Think striped-top banquette seating and modern bar meets scrubbed-wood tables, caffé-style chairs, exposed brick and parquet flooring, with views over the Thames o the rear and courtyard al fresco tables out front a big draw card. The crowd-pleasing menu delivers a good selection of simply constructed, modern brasserie-style dishes; take Cumberland sausages with mash and onion gravy, or pan-fried royal bream with scallops and crayfish served with a tarragon and baby spinach risotto, and puddings like Eton Mess or crème brulée.AA Guide