At the top end of Hammersmith's King Street, just past Ravenscourt Park and on the way to Chiswick, there is a great run of independent restaurants. Indian, Moroccan, Thai and Japanese are just some of the cuisines on offer here, so whatever your taste buds desire, there's sure to be something to satisfy them.
The one that stands out the most for me - and not because of its bright red neon sign - is Charm: a low-lit Thai restaurant, complete with a wall of mirrors, gold-edged chairs and a giant chandelier. The staff are polite and attentive, striving to offer superb service from the second you step inside. You can settle into the comfy lounge-bar for a pre-dinner cocktail, or head straight through to the ambient dining area to eat.
The menu is a mixture of noodles, stir-fries and curries, and whatever you pick you're sure to be impressed by how fresh and flavoursome the food is - I know I was. A particular favourite of mine is the crispy duck salad (with mango, cashews, pomegranate, spring onions, cherry tomatoes and celery); it's light and zingy, and has an unexpected kick to it. The selection of stir-fries are tasty too, especially when washed down with a chilled glass of white wine.
The food prices are quite reasonable - a starter costs around £6 and most of the mains are about £10-£12 - and the restaurant and bar are open 7 days a week from 12 noon until 11.00 pm. For more information or to make a booking visit the website. You'll definitely be charmed by Charm, it's a great place for a romantic night out on a Friday or Saturday.