Chiswick is not short of brasseries but the High Road Brasserie's USP, at least from a passerby's point of view is its three-shop-wide frontage and outside benches, usually inhabited by the moneyed locals. As part of London Restaurant Festival, the brasserie has launched a special menu which combines its usual quality grub at an affordable price.
There's some homebaked bread to nibble on as we wait for the starters. The carpaccio-styler rare roast beef comes with the best homemade horseradish we've ever tasted: smooth, sharp and a million miles from the supermarket variety. The other starter we tried, spiced aubergine, was chunky, tasty and both moorish and moreish which we wolfed down with the aid of some crispy, warm flatbread.
The mains didn't let us down either. Wedding reception favourite chicken supreme and its ring of bubble and squeak is seasonal and filling while chef Lucaz Kos made us new fans of his sea trout dish which was light and tasty and came with some colourful sprouting broccoli and salsa rossi.
We went easy on the sides to leave space for dessert and we were glad we did. Pastry chef Chantelle Abrahams' perfectly executed bakewell tart is an amygdaline wet dream - moist, sweet and with a crunchy, flaked almond topping. The pear and apple crumble, another seasonal touch, wasn't too shabby either.
The menu is a smart choice which respects the time of year. At £12.50 for two courses and £15 for all three, this is very good value for a classy restaurant in this neck of the woods. (Its ridiculously good value when you compare it to "fast" "food" options like Domino's where £15 gets you a large Hawaiian pizza, but we digress.) High Road Brasserie's special menu is no reflection of its standard prices but is a great advertisement for the quality you can expect here.