A boutique restaurant with an impressive menu of all the great classics, I was looking forward to seeing what Annie’s had to offer. French provincial outdoor furniture and flamingo-printed blankets have you thinking ‘ladies brunch’, while the dimly lit, red and gold interior sets the scene for a romantic date night.
After moving to a new neighbourhood, my partner and I decided to walk the streets of an evening to see what was around and to get our bearings. A couple of weeks went by and I couldn’t help but continue to notice one particular restaurant that always seemed to be full of customers. As any avid foodie or nosey parker would understand, I had to see what all the fuss was about! And, with a name like Annie’s, I could only imagine something similar to a festive feast at your favourite aunt’s house. I was pretty excited!
Cozied up on a corner among the residential houses in Chiswick, just next to the River Thames, you get the vibes that Annie’s is a family owned restaurant where the owners live down the road, if not next door. With rattan tables and chairs for two on one side, and cushioned benches paired with French provincial furniture on the other, the outside of Annie’s is quirky but welcoming. Inside, the small space is made smaller by deep red and brown furnishings and decor. You may be thinking, yuck, and I wouldn’t blame you! But (yes, there’s a “but”) red rose centrepieces, antique lampshades and gold accents made the dimly lit space feel rather sexy and romantic.
For a starter, we ordered Jumbo Whole Prawns with lemon, chili, garlic, olive oil, and grilled sourdough. This decadent display of gloriously garlicy prawns was served in a boat dish atop a mini wooden cutting board. It tasted just as good, if not better, than it looked! With whole slices of garlic and little lemon wedges floating in an inch deep dish of olive oil, how could it not taste incredible!? After hoeing down as many prawns as I could in the shortest period of time, I was getting antsy waiting for my main meal to arrive.
For mains, we ordered the Scotch Steak Burger with bacon, mature aged cheddar, chips, pickle, and salad, as well as Annie’s Fish Pie with cod, salmon, smoked haddock, shrimp, cheesy mash, and petite pois (aka peas). The burger was … OK. The meat was delicious but was almost two inches thick and a little dry. The hand cut chips with skin on were phenomenal, and served on a wooden cutting board, the dish continued the menu’s rustic presentation. Annie’s Fish Pie was loaded with seafood, and the cheesy mash was certainly cheesy! Served in a gorgeous terracotta dish, the pie was definitely a step up from the burger but there was no denying that the mains left you wanting to go back in time and reorder the Jumbo Prawns!
Food presentation: 4/5
162 Thames Road, London W4 3QS
Monday – Sunday
10am – 10pm