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Claude’s Kitchen at Amuse Bouche (Restaurant)

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51 Parsons Green Lane, Parson's Green, Fulham, London, SW6 4JA
Cuisine: British
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Claude’s Kitchen at Amuse Bouche Review

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Best for: Excellently-priced seasonal British fare.

Great: Exceptional fine dining in west London.

When I was but a teen, and of the vegetarian persuasion, I never really saw myself seated at a dinner table, dainty silver spoon in hand, about to tuck into a bone with the marrow scooped out of it, mixed with parsley and breadcrumbs, and stuffed back inside. 

But last Thursday, that's exactly what I was doing during an exceptional dinner at Claude's Kitchen, a new restaurant in west London; filling my greedy little gob with whatever meat I could get my blood-stained hands on.

But what, you may ask, was responsible for turning me from a WWF t-shirt wearing teenager into a carnivorous monster, gobbling offal with such aplomb that I would make Hannibal Lecture proud? It was a chance meal in a Parisian brasserie where I tried to explain, in my best A Level Français, that I did not eat meat – Je suis un végétariene. Je ne mange pas de viande – but was served chicken anyway (I got the distinct feeling that they considered it to be the veggie-friendly option).

Strangely, though, I never looked back; never contemplated a strip of veggie bacon-cum-cardboard again; or shunned 12 ounces of Argentina’s finest beef export. What’s that? This animal has been force fed until one of its organs has combusted? Pass me the bread upon which I can slather it, I bet it tastes AMAZING.

Claude’s Kitchen restaurant is a lot less French than it sounds. The bustling, ambient space – situated upstairs from chi-chi Champagne bar Amuse Bouche – boasts a menu that, in fact, champions British fare.

With white wooden floors and dainty filament bulbs dangling from the high, Victorian ceilings, the restaurant feels bright, airy and decadent.

Fellow diners – who were as charming as the venue itself, this is Parson’s Green after all, a stone’s throw from Fulham – and I were warmly welcomed and served throughout the evening by ultra-efficient staff.

The weekly-changing menus awaited on the tables, short – with just three starters, three mains and four desserts – but fit to burst with sensational-sounding foodie offerings. The wine list was equally short and accomplished, and the devoted staff recommended us a crisp but reasonably priced bottle of white.

Despite its tendency to focus on seasonal meat - pork belly, chicken livers, steak and coley were on offer in the week we dined - Claude’s Kitchen, in stark contrast to the French bistro I visited when I was half the age I am today, also welcomes vegetarians (for those with more of a conscience than I), with delicious-sounding dishes including adventurously served artichoke as a starter, and blow-torched squash as a main.

Nevertheless, as I often do these days, I embraced my carnivorous side and dined on herring (charred and rollmopped) with a radish and Granny Smith salad. I also snaffled some of my other half’s deliciously delicate duck breast. Both were incredibly well-priced at around £6 a piece. Even the bread was packed with flavour, and served alongside lovingly home-made butter.

Desserts were equally impressive – I couldn’t pick a winner between the divine goat’s cheese or the blood orange sorbet served with dark chocolate mousse - and despite not having tasted them myself, I’d walk from my home in north London to Parson’s Green to try the Champagne-poached pears lemon posset and rosemary honey, which I later spied being delivered to tables around us, causing much rubber-necking.

However, it was the mains that really shone: tender partridge and slow-cooked beef cheeks (both of which came in at around £15), served with a creamy yet sharp horseradish sauce, chunks of gherkins and a dollop of creamed parsnip flavoured with white chocolate. And, of course, that famous bone.

So where to from here? Perhaps in another 15 years you’ll find me eating liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. I wouldn't be entirely opposed to the idea, to be honest, as long as it's as spoon-lickingly sublime as that damn marrow.

Linda McCartney, please don’t hate me.
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“I heard good things about this place through a friend...so had high hopes. It exceeded them all. The food was honestly amazing, the head Chef Claude comes from a Michelin Star background I believe, and this is truly reflected in the food. The best restaurant experience I've had. The best part is that they change the menu every week, and because it's so affordable, it's every incentive to keep going back. Bar is also very cool downstairs - they let you dance on the tables and have an awesome pianist doing live music - the famous guy who does the West End shows. Good service, friendly fun staff, high end atmosphere coupled with a relaxed welcoming feel. Definitely go.”
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Emily, Fulham (5 years 7 months 7 days ago)

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