Monday, 4 February 2013
Last week I went to an event at the Brickoven Milano in Chiswick which was a lovely evening of mixed seating and standing, with drinks and canapes handed out in generous quantities.
There are three separate dining areas in the restaurant; the main dining room which is bright and inviting with an open window into the kitchen where you can see the chefs making their speciality pizzas (which you can totally eat in a whole sitting as the base is so thin and light); the outdoor dining area which is ideal for a warm summers day; and lastly there is a lounge room which is styled like a boutique with big armchairs, a fire, and also tables for dining. This lounge room is more intimate and seems separate from the rest of the restaurant as it even had different music playing.
There was an amazing selection of food on offer. Some food was sampled from the menu and some is what can be offered when the venue is rented for private functions. In particular I liked their selection of pizza, fragrant chicken wings, and toast topped with salmon and cream cheese. They also had a mean selection of cold meats and olives. As well as offering delicious yeast free and low gluten pizza and pasta, they also have a specific menu, using grains such as kamut, spelt, quinoa and barley, to cater for food intollerances.
What makes this restaurant stand out is the way they cater to all needs. In a separate room, away from the dining areas, is a playroom where parents can leave their children with lots of fun, bright and engaging toys to keep them occupied while the adults dine. Once the child has been deposited in the kids area, the parent is provided with an ipad to take to their table where they can keep an eye on their children while they dine. This service is free of charge.
Not only do I think this is a fantastic idea for the parents using the restaurant, but also for the people who come without children, because they can be guaranteed that there won't be kids running all over the place like many of the restaurants in such a family friendly area. As a parent I can say that even if the food wasn't great I would still use this restaurant purely for this facility. As far as I'm aware it's the only facility like this in London. And luckily for everyone the food is great ;-)
I had a really fun evening and can't wait to round up some of my mummy friends and head back for a relaxing meal while our kids play on under our distant supervision.
They don't have a UK website just yet but you can call them on 020 8994 5834 to reserve your table (which I recommend as rumour has it there has been a queue to get in every weekend since they opened!) and you can find them at 66 Chiswick High Road, London, W4 1SY.