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  • firehouse No 197 Fire Station
    Complete disaster
  • irisandjune Iris & June
    Independent Coffee Shop in Victoria
  • coffeeguide The Not Official London Coffee Guide
    Humble take on the independent scene
  • xmasblend Dum Dum Donutterie
    They don't have Cronuts but they do Cros
  • bonanza Bean Review
    Bonanza's Espresso Blend
  • moo Moo Cantina
    Lomito Time
  • chorbizarre Chor Bizarre
    Restaurant with personality
  • squaremilebelen Bean Review
    Square Mile's Belen Espresso
  • ottolenghi Ottolenghi
    Not as good as usual!
  • quantus Quantus
    European cuisine in Chiswick
  • pearlliang Pearl Liang
    About Time for a Chinese
  • lavazza Bean Review
    Lavazza Qualita Rossa
  • bobosocial BOBO Social
    Great Burgers in town
  • bagelbakery B Bagel Bakery
    Bagels take Chelsea
  • cafedenata Cafe de Nata
    Sweet Treats are Made of This
  • taylorstbaristas Taylor St Baristas
    Great coffee in Mayfair
  • bolang Bo Lang
    Great Dim Sum in South Kensington

Burger Wars Episode XC: Smokehouse in Chiswick [BurgeReview]

You know, just because a person's a smoker, that doesn't mean he's not a human being
Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld episode “The Abstinence”)

I have said before that it is a bit of a challenge to find a decent bbq place in London. There are several but none hit all the marks. That was until I visited Smokehouse in Chiswick, a sister place of the original in Islington.

Just in case
I have been in two occasions already, and one of them was a feast, where they smoked, and slow cooked three types of meat, short rib, ox cheek, and Korean pulled pork. The feast was amazing, everything spot on, one of the best meals I have had.

Feast time
But now on to the burgers, they also have burgers a la carte, especially for lunch time. I went for the fried chicken burger with guacamole, chipotle, and fried egg, and my wife got the Cheese Hereford burger with a lovely melted comte.

Say cheese!
The verdict, both burgers were fantastic but if you’re a cheese aficionado you have to go with the cheesy one

The damage,  £15 for the burger with fries


The conclusion, amazing place, nice burgers, and great smoked meats, can’t recommend highly enough, top marks

Smokehouse
T: 020 3819 6066
Pub / BBQ Place
Approx Damage: £50pp
Area: Chiswick
Borough: Hounslow
Twitter: smokehouseN1
Smokehouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



Chiswick Fire Station Catastrophe

Hey, do you want to come down the fire station with me?
Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld episode “The Secret Code”)

The other day we were wandering around Chiswick looking for a place to have lunch. We noticed the recently opened No. 197 Fire Station, and just the look of the place was attractive enough to take or full attention.

Loved the décor of the place, really inviting, nicely play with whites giving a clean look with contrasting black chairs and stools, garden/terrace to al fresco option.

Service quite slow, our waiter was missing in action on a place at only half capacity. Things started to get worst as we ordered a rotisserie chicken and Mussels Mariniere. Well about 30min later of ordering the manager came to let us know that they make a mistake in the kitchen on oversold mussels, so we had to quickly ordered something else.

Chicken
We ended with a decent chicken but you can have a similar one in Nando’s and an overcooked and quite average burger, probably quite close to one of the worst I have ever eaten.

Avoid at all cost

Lovely place but a complete train wreck with average food, at least the manager was decent enough giving us the burger free

No 197 Fire Station
T: 0203 857 4669
International cuisine
Approx Damage: £35pp
Area: Chiswick
Borough: Hounslow
Twitter: No197Chiswick
No 197 Chiswick Fire Station Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato




Coffee Enquiry XLVIII: Iris & June

The catering hall screwed up! The wedding is delayed until June. It's like a stay of execution
George Costanza (Seinfeld episode “The Friars Club”)

Iris & June is an artisan coffee shop in the heart of Victoria. Their statement is to make and serve an awesome coffee cup. They serve also a bit more food than the regular coffee shop, with their menu changing frequently.

The Place
I was impressed by the amount of people having business meetings in the place, plenty of laptops, iPad presentations, and even some taking calls. There you have it cafes are becoming the new meeting rooms of millennials, bring me a flat white and keep it quiet as I have a call with a China supplier.

Macchiato Time
Beans: Ozone Coffee Roasters
Espresso Machine: La Marzocco
Score: 3/5

We got a macchiato and a decaf cappuccino, strong coffee, a bit too much on the bitterness, long aftertaste, some chocolate notes, and no latte art for the small cup. The decaf was a bit more balanced but similar tasting profile.


The scones are to die for!

Iris & June
Coffee Shop
Approx Damage: £15pp
Area: Victoria
Borough: City of Westminster
Twitter: IrisandJune1
Iris & June Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



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