We’re no stranger to train stations and we can confidently say this is the finest restaurant we’ve come across in such a setting. We’re all too familiar with the fast food chains, bang average coffee outlets and if you’re lucky, a Leon to fuel up on ahead of a long journey. That’s unless you’re commute starts or ends at Hammersmith with the brand new opening of Chez Maiss – a beautiful restaurant, cafe and wine bar hidden away in the corner of the station’s mini shopping centre.
Entering for our post rush hour dinner, we couldn’t quite understand why we were almost the only people in there. Having opened just a few weeks before our visit, we sincerely hope the West London revellers discover Chez Maiss in their masses soon. It’s open from 8am until late, serving freshly ground coffee and an extensive breakfast menu, all the way through to lunch and late night dinners… and perhaps half of the problem here. Whilst we truly enjoyed everything we tried, maybe it’s trying to be too many things at once instead of outstanding at one.
Tirimasu Espresso Martini – absolut vodka, galiano ristretto coffee liqueur, freshly pulled espresso, sweetened with tiramisu syrup – £8.50
Fully expecting an evening full of wine, we were surprised to be pointed towards the cocktail menu by our waitress but her recommendations were faultless. It felt strange sipping on the Gin based bubbles and Espresso Martini whilst facing an impressive wine rack mounted against the wall, although that’s not to say it didn’t kick off our night in delicious fashion. It set the precedent for what was to come in marvellous ways.
Mini burgers with mushroom mayo, rocket and fries – £10.95
Fried calamari with aioli – £7.95
We know what you’re thinking… not one but two burgers… as a starter. Yes, absolutely and it was top notch, if not made a little bit peculiar by the substantial side of fries to go alongside. The soft buns and mushroom mayo ensured we didn’t worry about that in the slightest and with another starter of fried calamari, it only geared us up even further for our main courses.
Chicken au vin Blanche with salad and green olives – £13.50
The stand out performer of the night was Jessica’s truffle pasta dish served with Parmesan sauce, chicken and shiitake mushrooms. We only spoke of our undying love for anything with truffle included just last week in our review of Cheeky Chico’s, and this proves it once again. With the strong taste of shiitake and the creamy/dreamy parmesan sauce, there was the perfect combination of flavour and softness.
Truffle pasta with chicken and Parmesan – £12.00
All behold the dessert. What a way to round off another great evening enjoying wonderful food. We’re so glad that the owners decided to open here in Hammersmith (rather than Syria – which apparently was their original plan?!) Named after owner Maiss, the Broadway’s latest addition not only serves up delightful dishes but looks beautiful too, especially if you can snap up a table next to the flower wall.
Strawberry cheesecake for two – £7.95