Image above: Rock & Rose restaurant, 270, 272 Chiswick High Rd
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Rock & Rose restaurant 🫒🫒 1/2 Review by The Chiswick Foodie
Rock & Rose, 270, 272 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, W4 1PD
Judging by the noise amongst my friends, the opening of Rock and Rose in Chiswick seems to have been eagerly awaited. It’s a sister restaurant to the existing Rock and Rose in Richmond and under common ownership with Little Bird in Grove Park and Annie’s at Strand on the Green.
My dining companion and I visited on a Friday evening and we arrived with a minute to spare for Happy Hour priced cocktails. A strictly observed 7pm deadline is imposed.
The menu is eclectic and includes starters and mains that are British, Italian, Japanese, South East Asian and Creole with a decent range of vegan and vegetarian options. The service was welcoming but our waitress seemed to have limited knowledge about the menu details and had to refer my questions to the kitchen.
My dining companion chose the lobster and prawn cocktail for his starter. There was a disproportionate amount of iceberg lettuce to the seafood dressed in Marie Rose sauce. However, the garnish – a very flavoursome jumbo shell-on prawn – made up for this.
My Keralan chicken was wonderfully crispy, not at all greasy and the accompanying curry leaf mayo was imaginative. Unfortunately, one piece of chicken contained a long hair. Management moved into action and handled this well by providing me with an alternative starter of my choice (tuna sashimi) and offered us complimentary drinks to accompany our pudding. It was the restaurant’s own take on tuna sashimi as it was seared.
Images above: Starters – Prawn cocktail, Keralan chicken and Bloody Mary; Mains – Blackened cod in the foreground and Pork belly and Asian greens; Pavlova dessert
For mains, we had the blackened miso cod fillet and the Teriyaki pork belly with black rice, pineapple salsa and coconut greens. The pork crackling was extremely good but the meat was a little dry and unfortunately, my fish was over cooked. In addition, both dishes were over salted as was the side of Asian greens.
For pudding, we shared the passion fruit and Summer berry pavlova which was the best dish – nice sharp berries on top of perfect meringue with a decent amount of fresh cream.
I would sum up Rock and Rose as a lively place with good service, a great place to catch up with friends over drinks but not a foodies’ destination.
The bill came to £97 before service and included a bottle of Cote de Rhône rose.
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