The Summerhouse – Maida Vale, London

The Summerhouse is what I imagine an elegant restaurant in the Hamptons to be like. The decor is seaside chic, my favourite touch being the shell shaped salt and pepper shakers, and it overlooks the Grand Union Canal through wide open windows so the breeze adds to charming setting.

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I was with two friends celebrating one of their birthdays; we unanimously decided against starters to save room for the enticing desserts.

For main I had a salmon and haddock fish cake with spinach, tomato chutney and beurre blanc (tasted a little like a hollondaise sauce but far less rich).

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We shared a bottle of the house white with dinner and I thoroughly recommend it.

For dessert we shared the Eton mess with strawberries and chocolate mousse with coffee creme and chocolate chip cookie. I’m not such a cream person, so didn’t take to the Eton mess. The chocolate mousse was definitely pleasant, but not uber exciting; the cookie was a nice touch but still something was lacking.

Perhaps we were foolish to have sacrificed starters for desserts after all.

On the whole though, I would thoroughly recommend The Summerhouse. I would also recommend a drink at its sister restaurant/bar, The Waterway (one minute down the road from The Summerhouse).

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