The Chiswick Foodie restaurant review – The Silver Birch restaurant

Image above: The Silver Birch restaurant, 142 Chiswick High Rd

The Silver Birch restaurant 🫒🫒🫒 1/2 Review by The Chiswick Foodie

The Silver Birch, 142 Chiswick High Rd,Chiswick, W4 1PU

I’ve been to The Silver Birch a couple of times already this year and was considering an alternative mid to high end Chiswick restaurant for Sunday dinner for my dining companion and me. The couple I checked were closed on Sunday evenings and I was happy to return there for this review.

We were given a warm welcome and a complimentary aperitif each on showing my dining companion’s Chiswick Calendar Club Card. The cocktail menu is imaginative and has a good range of alcohol-free options. My companion ordered a dirty dry martini and thought it was excellent. Most of the wines can be ordered by carafe, as well as the glass or bottle. We enjoyed a carafe of Chianti.

The complimentary bread was a nice and chewy sourdough – though one slice was a little dry. The menu was reassuringly brief and comprised five starters, six mains and four puddings. A vegetarian and vegan option were available for starter and main.

Image above: The Silver Birch interior; spring chicken with wild garlic, black sesame and daikon; rhubarb and cream dessert

We shared the Blooming Onion. It tasted as good as it looked – crispy petal-like shards of fried onion with a rich cep cream and crispy kale.

For mains, my dining companion had the spring chicken with wild garlic, black sesame and daikon. The chicken was probably more of a poussin, but excellent. The meat was moist but still with a crispy skin, and the pickled daikon radish brought a zingy freshness to it.

I ordered my usual main – the Shorthorn ribeye. Shorthorn is a dairy breed which is increasingly served in restaurants (and available in some supermarkets), after the cow has served its life providing milk. So it’s a more sustainable option. It is a little chewier but in my view more flavoursome than “regular” beef.

The beef was excellent but I found the accompanying whiskey coffee jam and carrot sauce too sweet. Previously, I’d had the Shorthorn with a vibrant herby green sauce and thought that was a much better foil for the rich and fatty ribeye. Please, bring back the green sauce. Our side of fine green beans arrived over cooked.

We shared the rhubarb and cream to end the meal, looking forward to tart rhubarb against rich cream, but instead the rhubarb seemed to have been soaked in sugar so it was sweet on sweet.

The ambiance, decor, background jazz and service were flawless. It could have been so good – ever so good – if only the balance of some of the dishes was tweaked and more attention had been paid to simple things like sliced bread and steamed beans.

The bill came to £138 including service.

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