Fresh from a major refurbishment, La Trompette re-opened at the end of February 2013 with a new chef, Rob Weston, heading up the kitchen. After being shut for about two months, the restaurant's opening night was - unsurprisingly - a sell-out, with regulars and newcomers heading along to see what all the fuss was about. The new decor came with mixed reactions from those who had dined there before, with mutterings of it now being too bright and less intimate than it had been previously. Indeed the interior was very keenly lit, with beaming spot lights dotted around large meshed lamps, but this will no-doubt be rectified in no time (when someone finds the new dimmer switch). As a first-time visitor, it was not possible to draw comparisons to how it used to be, but with the smell of fresh paint still lingering in the air, colourful artwork adorning the walls, and brand new gold banquets lining the edge, the interior felt polished and friendly.
The price was a fixed £45 for three very fancy courses. The choice of starters ranged from 'veloute of leek and wild garlic with chicken boudin and charolais goat's cheese' to 'roast quail with white asparagus, pearl barley, spring truffle and sunflower seed pesto'. For mains there were various fish dishes including 'crusted loin of Cornish cod with alpine cheese, sprout leaves, salsify and trompettes', as well as a good selection of meat such as 'roast roe deer with salt-baked beetroot, celeriac and juniper cream'. There were no vegetarian options on the menu, but for any dietary requirements, just speak to the waiter and the chef will create something special.
Glazed shoulder of Portland hogget with Jerusalem artichokes and thyme
The new menu was clearly a hit, with empty plates all around. The desserts were delicious too, with choices including a show-stopping rhubarb souffle and cheese from the cheese board. The waiting staff were attentive and helpful throughout, and there was a sommelier on hand too to make suggestions on which wine to choose.
The new-look La Trompette, which is located on trendy Devonshire Road in Chiswick, still has the same owners - Nigel Platts-Martin and Bruce Poole - who are also responsible for the well-reputed Chez Bruce in Wandsworth and The Glasshouse in Kew. The Chiswick restaurant now has private dining facilities too, which look great for celebrating a special occasion. For more information and to book a table, you can visit the website. The nearest tube is Turnham Green on the District Line.