Reviewed by Veronika Royale
Wednesday night was date night and our date night took us to Brickoven Milano in Chiswick, London. The babysitter was booked and we both looked forward to a lovely meal out.
Getting there was quite easy as there is free parking in the side roads from 7pm (during the day is paying at the meter) or alternatively we could have taken the tube and walk a short distance.
The first impression was oh wow – you could sit out the front with its beautiful lights but seeing that it’s March and still freezing at night we gave that a miss and went inside instead.
The next thing that hit me was a huge crèche just as you come in and a sign that a nanny will be available all day at the weekend. Jokingly I said to the waiter – oh what a shame we left our 3 terrors at home, where he replied: That is a shame, we would have loved to have met them!
Now I had clearly only read up on the food but not on the other special feature: “this has got to be the most child friendly restaurant in London!”
We chose to sit in the more sophisticated area of the restaurant which included lovely leather chairs and a gorgeous wall mounted fire place. However there is also a large restaurant side which is perfect for families and larger parties. The fact that I could have brought the children however niggled me and I enquired more. I was astonished to find out that if your children play in the crèche you’d be given an iPad with a video monitor so you can keep a watchful eye on your little monkeys whilst you tuck into some delicious Italian food. I must bring the kids next time.
So I’ve mentioned food and therefor I shall tell you about the food. It was most delicious!!!
Everything on the menu is typically Italian and the restaurant caters easily for vegetarian, gluten free and wheat free meals.
We both enjoyed a Mozarella / Tomatoe/ grilled zucchini (courgette) salad and a Bresaola salad for starter.
Main course was a Beef Fillet for me and the Brickoven famous oval pizza for the hubster.
Now my husband can eat and isn’t easily defeated but this pizza pushed him to his limit. To the point where he refused a desert!!! My fillet was cooked perfectly and tasted divine!
Now I did want to take a picture of the Tiramisu dessert too however it was so delicious that I couldn’t stop myself and simply had to destroy it 🙂
With regards to costs I would say it’s what you would expect for a 5* star Italian. Starters range around the £5-£8 mark and Pizzas are around the £10-£12 mark. Meat and fish dishes are priced a little higher around the £20 mark but are absolutely worth it! Desserts start from £5 and wines are priced from £17 per bottle.
The service and attention to detail was absolutely impeccable and we were so impressed that all the staff were true Italians and all the food was Italian too. Even the hubsters Diet Coke was imported from Italy!
The fact that a school nearby sends it pupils twice a week for lunch made me wish I was a pupil there!
Family friendliness: 5/5
Suitable for date night: 5/5
Value for money: 5/5
This is a place worthwhile visiting when in London and as we are only a 35 min drive away we will try it again with the children. We have been warned though that they are quite busy at weekends and that prebooking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
For more information visit www.brickovenmilano.com