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Sam's Brasserie & Bar
11 Barley Mow Passage, Chiswick, London W4 4PH
- Gunnersbury Railway Station (0.1 km)
- Turnham Green Station (0.5 km)
- Chiswick Station (1.1 km)
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020 8987 0555
306 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9BA
“Welcome to Mango Lounge, an intimate late night bar and club, conveniently situated minutes from Earls Court underground station & Exhibition Centre. You’ll find an inviting, relaxed and unpretentious cocktail bar on the ground floor. In the...” more...
13 reviews of Sam's Brasserie & Bar in English
Much like a like first date, when I go to review a restaurant I'm hoping for a good first impression. Turning up at Sam's Brasserie I was feeling pretty stressed out, over half an hour late, cursing Boris Johnson, and in need of a large glass of wine!
Once I stepped through the doors I knew I was going to be ok. First impressions were great! Not only did everyone in the place seem to know the eponymous "Sam", who in turn treated them all like regulars, but the relaxed atmosphere draws you in straight away. With it's warehouse vibe Sam's instantly reminded me of New York. It has that buzzy atmosphere which is perfect for a date: loud enough to feel popular but quiet enough to feel intimate.
Talking of intimate… if you're going on a date whether it be first, second or third you have to sit in one of the 2 person booths at the bar - they are made for romance! Tucked up to a wall on one side, and open to the bar on the other, you've again got the perfect combination of intimate and lively, not to mention a whole host of punters at the bar to provide you with conversation topics should you be running short!
The Better Half and I tucked into a delicious meal of seasonal food, chosen from the incredibly varied and impressive menu. I enjoyed my British asparagus whilst being grateful I'd managed to veto his choice of the ominously named "pigs head". We were also very impressed with the wine list which was extensive but also very good value for London. If one of you is driving the 500ml carafe is also a great alternative to sharing a bottle - and terribly Continental!
Sam's gets a major thumbs up from me!
Still like Sam's allot. They stopped serving Leffe a few months ago and the food is still quite good but no longer great - hence only 4 stars. Everything else about the place is great. Love the art and deco.
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One of the best places for a relaxed weekend 'brunch’, you can eat in the bar area (boothes and tables) or in the main restaurant. Food is great, particularly the fish mains and italian influenced dishes, you can have a 'special occasion’ meal and there really does seem to be something for everyone (although I’d like a few more veggie options). On the brunch side the eggs benedict are near perfection!
It’s cool-funky-trendy interior, fine food and great cocktails, all tucked away from the high street: it’s a winner for Chiswick. The only thing is that it’s not great value for money but then again this is West London.
I really like this place. off the main high road but easy to find, this place is cool and contemporary. The drinks are varied and reasonably priced. Decor is great with different setaing areas. Food is yummy, but more expensive than some of those on the high road.
I know the term has been over used but this place is a hidden gem. I came across it by randomly ending up on their mailing list?! I haven’t a clue how I did, but I am very grateful. Brunches are a must here. May I suggest if you are perhaps taking a weekend walk in Kew Gardens, this place is definitely worth driving up the road from Kew instead of finding a place round there. If you want to bring the Sunday papers that’s cool too as it has a really laid back vibe. I have not eaten the roasts yet but embarrassingly have had a few too many Harvester moments where a big plate of beef and all the trimmings has passed me by and I just gawp mouth open. I don’t know how they do it but the place manages to combine classy food and surroundings, whilst maintaining its super family friendly atmosphere. I need to go and check out what dinner is like here because all the food looks gorgeous, but currently I am loving hanging out on a Sunday.
Sam’s is a great backstreet bar to go of an evening for a few drinks - nice atmosphere, and a bit classy in comparison to the other alternatives in the immediate surroundings.
Food is a bit hit and miss, quite pricey (£10 for an Omelette, whilst large is still a bit over the top) and not as good value as some of the close by gastropubs.
Fairly good wine selection though.
I agree with johnw - Chiswick and edgy don’t go hand in hand, but if being 'edgy’ means people asking you for drugs, getting stabbed or generally other dodgy stuff, I’m happy for this place not to be particularly edgy!
Even though I’ve worked in the area for nearly three years, I went to Sam’s Brasserie for the first time tonight - it’s a little off the High Road and between Turnham Green and Gunnersbury/Chiswick Park stations on the District Line. It’s also behind another pub in a rather narrow alley, which is perhaps why I’d never visited before, and when we got there, it was rather quiet with only three or four other customers in there, however, the DJ was setting up for the evening, so they did expect it to get busier.
The place itself is funky and first impressions are certainly good - concrete floor, leather chairs and tables opposite the bar, enormous light shades under it (you’ll see what I mean if you go) and an enormous selection of spirits - great for after-work cocktails. Listed on the board was also a huge selection of beers, including the lovely Belgian white beer, Hoegaarden (try it!).
The food looked really interesting, including the Spanish charcuterie board, but on asking, they didn’t start proper food until 6.30pm, so unfortunately I can’t pass comment. The menu though, of varied things like squid and bits of antipasti did look interesting though. The whole second section of the place is set out for more formal dining, so I’d imagine that this is a fairly important part of their business rather than just providing basic bar snacks.
To be fair though, I went for the cocktails - and they didn’t let me down - the mojito being being particularly pleasing, but martinis, the raspberry bellini and the Amaretto and champagne cocktail, with a lovely twist of orange was great - just what I wanted with a cold. All were carefully made and looked beautiful. You can see what I mean by looking at the pictures that I’ve uploaded above :)
It’s obvious they’ve put a lot of effort into making this a relaxed, pleasant place, catering for a nice range of people - a huge expresso machine, lots of newspapers and free wifi would all help to pull in the daytime crowd I would imagine. Overall, I’d certainly go back, and the drinks were about half the price of the equivalent ones in Central London establishmens such as the Lanesborough or the May Fair Bar in Green Park - £50 (plus service) for 7 cocktails: Sam’s is well worth a visit, or three :)
And by the way, if you’re wondering, I’ve written this several hours after coming back home, the mojitos aren’t still having an effect ;)
Lets face it, Chiswick isn't exactly edgy, but Sam's is a great option if you're looking for a modern, contemporary brasserie/bar. Its one of those urban/industrial settings (its a converted paper factory) that would be packed full of uber-media folk if it was in Hoxton or Shoreditch.
I love the bar in particular as its one of the few places in W4 where you can drink past 11pm - on til 12pm Sun-Weds and 1am Thur-Sat. Plus it has table service!!
Backed in part by Chef Rick Stein, the restaurant menu is varied but provides the usual options of brasserie style dining. Soups/Salads/terrines to start, roasts/sausages/fish dishes for mains. The food is of high quality, but it comes at a price. Sometimes I'm not convinced you're getting a good deal - in particular I've found brunch plates such as Eggs Benedict to be a bit meagre. Daytime dining is very child friendly - ample number of high chairs and boxes of toys in the foyer. That said its a great place if you want a lively evening - its packed most nights. In fact I had a few beers with some of mates there just last night!
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