Images above: The Hothouse Cafe, 448 Chiswick High Road; Mezze plate
The Hothouse Café on Chiswick High Road offers a selection of fusion Levantine cuisine originating from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Morocco whilst also serving everything you would expect in a British brunch spot (The Hothouse English Breakfast, Chiswick themed pancakes, omelettes, Gourmet Burgers).
Owner Samy Amer has taken a traditional greasy spoon cafe and revamped it – both the decor and the menu. He is happy for you to while away the day in his cafe, working on your laptop. There are plenty of plug points and free, ultrafast broadband.
Whether you fancy hummus and falafel or a mixed grill, an easy start to the morning over coffee, or a bit of live music and a cocktail in the evening, Samy welcomes you. Open 8.00 am until 11.30 pm Sunday to Thursday and until 12.30 am Friday and Saturday.
Images above: Full English breakfast; falafel and hummus; Halloumi kebab
A mistake on a form
The cafe lost business recently due to adverse publicity which was based largely on a mistake. Samy filled out a licence application form wrongly, suggesting that he wanted to sell alcohol from 07.00 am, whereas all he actually wanted to do was to open as normal for breakfast and serve alcohol for a little longer than he had been, from 11.00 am onwards.
Several residents and councillor for Turnham Green ward Joanna Biddolph objected to the application on the grounds of prevention of public nuisance from the loud music, and the prevention of crime and disorder resulting from the extended hours alcohol would be available for sale.
An officer from Hounslow Council went to visit him. The matter was cleared up. At the licensing panel it became clear that he’d made a mistake in the application and that the complaints of noise were actually about other hospitality places nearby. Cllr Biddolph apologised to him, Samy told The Chiswick Calendar.
His neighbours, including those who live directly above, sent in their testimonies that the little noise which emanated from the cafe was quite bearable and his new licence was duly granted.
Images above: Eggs and salmon; pancakes; fruit
But the whole palaver has affected his business, so we are delighted that Hothouse Cafe is joining the Club Card scheme, offering Club Card holders 20% off food and drink all week long and we hope that will bring him some new customers.
We have it on good authority they do a cracking full Egyptian (vegetarian) breakfast including falafel and hummus as well as mixed grills, burgers and steaks in the evening.
One Tripadviser review says:
‘Lovely food, great service, not expensive and the pancakes really are brilliant. The owner is a lovely man and the atmosphere is warm and welcoming … I love this place’.
Club Card offer
The Hothouse Cafe offers Chiswick Calendar Club Card holders 20% off food and drink all week, including on takeaways if you come and collect (not if you have it delivered).
Image above: The Hothouse Cafe, 448 Chiswick High Road
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