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“Confirmation.. as if it were needed”
Review of La Trompette

La Trompette
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Ranked #49 of 22,808 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $64
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chiswick
Description: La Trompette opened in 2001 and serves some of the best food in London but without the formality or prices associated with the capital’s top end establishments.We closed at the beginning of 2013 for a complete refurbishment, and have expanded to include a brand new kitchen, private dining and improved customer facilities. The new appearance has not changed the focus of the restaurant. The aim is as it always has been, to give all our guests the best possible dining experience from start to finish.
Windsor and Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
270 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Confirmation.. as if it were needed”
Reviewed August 25, 2014

The food here is exquisite, the choices offered in the table d' hote lunch menu interesting and varied. The colours, textures and tastes are well presented on the plate with ingredients juxtaposed to add to the delight. Of course it is. This is a Michelin star restaurant isn't it? So this is to be expected. But lunch is more than food. It has a purpose: to meet, to confide and converse, to propose, to laugh and to listen. Yet the Michelin regime dictates otherwise. Specifically tasked waiters constantly intercede and interrupt. Whilst requests given to the wrong level go unfulfilled. I have grown tired of these enforced stipulations of Michelin's heavy tread. Surely in todays egalitarian age we should all be more relaxed especially at lunch. Although on a midweek day the restaurant was busy with business men, families and tourists who perhaps welcome the tightly structure framework. I do not. Such success as this restaurant enjoys should at least mean a web site that is neither inadequate ( on site staff say they cannot access the booking system leading to wasteful emails and telephone calls ) nor inaccurate ( the wine list bears scant resemblance to the wine on offer).
So there you have it...confirmation; you'll be blown away by the food but it will mean submission to an inflexible overblown regime

  • Visited August 2014
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Guildford, England
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent”
Reviewed August 25, 2014

Lunch on Sunday with my wife, son, and partner. Service was discreet, but timely, and the food was excellent. Three of us had lamb for our main, and all said it was light, summery and very tasty. The fourth had beef, which was very rich in flavour and melted in the mouth. Despite it being a busy Sunday lunch, we felt that the pacing of the food and service was generous and never felt that we were being hurried to leave. Overall, an excellent experience.

  • Visited August 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Disappointed ”
Reviewed August 22, 2014 via mobile

Arrived with high expectations, left feeling deflated and still hungry.
The good things: the £43 bottle of wine a Cahors Malbec, was exceptional. We splashed out on the £12.50 gooseberry gin and tonic, again very good, which at that price is the least one would expect. Service too was of a high standard.
The disappointment was the food. For an establishment with a fine reputation the food was not up to the standard I was expecting. I started with a home cured bresaola which tasted excellent and accompanying vegetables again on their own were good quality and tasty. My issue with the starter was I didn't think the mix worked.
My crackling pork was dry and aside from the fat not very tasty. The accompanying vegetables overdone.
The pano cotta desert was ok but nothing to get excited about.
So a mixed review which gets just three stars because for a bill of more than £200 for two I would expect more.

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london
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Did not meet expectations”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

I visited this restaurant recently for my fathers birthday with a party of 5. The restaurant itself is pleasant enough, however there is a lack of atmosphere. Unfortunately it was the food that was a real let down. Our entire party agreed that both the starters and the mains were bland and absolutely not up to scratch. Each of us sampled all the dishes on the table and the lack of flavours and creative flair in each dish was palpable. This restaurant used to be excellent but it seems to have severely let it's standards slip.

I realise there may be other good recent reviews for this restaurant but I would seriously consider another venue that takes more pride in its food.

  • Visited August 2014
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Thoroughly enjoyable”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went on Saturday night and it was as good as I remember. For a Michelin starred resturant I also think the price is good.

  • Visited August 2014
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