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The Summerhouse at World’s End

This is the reincarnation of a very popular pop up seafood restaurant that was in Little Venice last summer. The new setting is an old pub on the dodgier end of King’s Road just past World’s End.

Summershouse at World's End

I went there with a friend for a quick pre movie meal and it was really hard to find as the signage is not exactly obvious, especially if you don’t know where it is. All the neighbouring shops had no idea of it’s existence either. So this caused us to have even less time to spend at this place.

When we finally got there, we had to walk through the restaurant on the ground floor which is meant to be an American Diner. The strange decor of black and red looked more like a 1980s disco. Summerhouse is on the first floor and thankfully, it is decorated like a beach house and was totally refreshing. We were the only people there. Being the first week, it probably hadn’t got on anyone’s radar yet.

The dining room doesn’t have many seats and I expect it could get very loud when full as it’s all hard surfaces. If you go on a warm day, there is a little terrace where they have squeezed in a few al fresco tables.

Seeing as we only had time for one course, we had the fish and chips and the grilled sole. The battered fish was perfectly crisp with really well cooked chips. The portions were enormous. I wanted to try the Maryland crab cakes but they weren’t on this menu but could be on that of the diner downstairs.

Summerhouse at World's End

 

Summerhouse at World's End

The new team of staff were over eager to help but were not been briefed about the menu or even what to do. I guess this can only improve with time. Our quick meal was perfectly decent and I love the vibe of the dining room so I will be back when they have had some time to warm up. Our meal was £30 for 2 (with the soft opening discount).

You will find the new venue at
The Summerhouse at The World’s End Restaurant.
459 King’s Road,
Chelsea, London, SW10 0LR
Tel: 020 3362 3362

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11 Park Walk, Chelsea -Bottarga Heaven

A while ago, there was a lot of chatter on twitter about a great place to have Spaghetti a la Bottarga. A few days later, I had to meet friends at the Antiques Fair in Duke of York Square and we decided to give this place a go.

11 Park Walk opened where Aubergine used to be. This new Italian is co owned by Roberto Pisano (Edera)  and John de Stefano who also owns Zafferano and Allora. The head chef of Edera, Sardinian Giancarlo Usai,  is now overseeing the kitchen at 11 Park Walk too.

This newish restaurant is conveniently located just of the main stretch of Fulham beach. On the evening we were there, the crowd started arriving about 8ish and they seemed to be more Chelsea than Fulham, with most of them looking like they qualify for a freedom pass.

The place has been set up like a smart casual local Italian restaurant where the tables are quite spaced out so you are not crammed in like some other places nearby. Check out the loos, miles of marble in there.

As you enter the restaurant, you can’t help but notice this enormous tray of black truffles on the bar. We soon found out that there was a black truffle tasting menu in addition to the ala carte offerings.

We ordered a familiar dish, the Endive Salad, as seen at Zafferano and a Frittura Misto to share. The fresh seafood and fish was delicately battered and fried until crisp. As good as the any I have had in Italy and a very generous portion for a starter. The crisp endive salad was subtlely dressed and provided a good foil to the fish.

11 Park Walk Frittura Mista

 

11 Park Walk Frittura Mista

Next of course was the decadent Spaghetti a la Bottarga, al dente pasta cooked in fish broth and richly coated  in the umami filled bottarga. The last time I had this was at Edera in Holland Park and it has left an indelible taste memory.  Each mouthful just made your senses tingle and your tastebuds sing. This is not a flavour that many people will like, as my friend politely said, “that is quite an interesting flavour”. I am now an addict, thanks to Gasto1, its all his fault.

My friend had the Malloreddusu with Italian sausage and tomato sauce. Very rich sauce, liberally spiked with pieces of the sausage and the al dente hand made pasta. It was very good too.

11 Park Walk

We didn’t have space for pudding this time but I am sure we’ll be back again very soon. So many more dishes to try on the menu like the salt crust baked sea bass / Branzino.

11 Park Walk Spaghetti a la Bottarga

The service was attentive and not overly fawning. The food is faultless and is a great new addition to the growing list of great Italian restaurants in London. The prices here are very reasonable too, considering the standard of cooking and the location. I think this is a keeper.

 

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