What: Rock and Rose
Where: Kew Road, Richmond
When: a Friday night in May
Price: Three courses with wine is £30-£55 a head.
Rating: Four stars
Rock and Rose is a just lovely. Tucked away along a small strip of restaurants on Kew Road, this Richmond eatery is definitely offering a little something different. You can spot it a mile off, with its large ornamental plants surrounding the patio area, giving glimpses into the intimacy of the restaurant inside. Silver chairs cluster around intimate tables with gorgeous candlesticks, and large floral arrangements adorn the bar and outside areas. There are even blankets available for people eating on the patio! So far, so fabulous.
The menu is nice and varied, and our waitress was very happy to recommend her favourite dishes. After a lovely G&T, we settled down with our starters – a plate of chicken bang bang (spicy peanut chicken with
lettuce), and warm goats cheese with a walnut crust, on poached pear and rocket salad. The goats cheese salad was particularly delish, and the chicken bang bang was zingy and flavoursome. Our wine (a lovely Marlborough Sauv Blanc) arrived, which was absolutely superb (about £10 for a large glass).
For mains, my partner went for the fresh lobster linguine, served with tomato, garlic, parsley and lemon with garlic bread. It was spectacularly presented, with a very generous portion size. The feedback was that it didn’t actually need the garlic bread, and that it could have done with more chilli, but on the whole, we were impressed. My main was their classic Rock Burger, served rare, with cheese, fries, salad and chilli relish. The burger was also beautifully presented – the chips even had their own mini deep fryer basket! And the burger itself was very good. We were getting rather full by the end of the main course!
Never one to go down without a fight, we agreed to split a pudding, and thus shared the white chocolate and passionfruit cheesecake. The cheesecake was nice – not mind blowing, but nice – and it rounded off the evening nicely, before we waddled back into Richmond.
There are a couple of things that Rock and Rose doesn’t quite get right – the signage makes the restaurant look slightly less upmarket than it is, and the food, while very lovely, wasn’t quite in league with some of the other Richmond hotspots. However, the atmosphere completely makes up for any minor shortcomings, and the place is always packed out and buzzing by 9pm on a Friday night. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, with charming hosts and lovely waiting staff. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.