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12 Kew Green
Tel: 020 8940 5696

Stood at a spot, where, if you blink you’ll miss it, Linnea has nevertheless, got a lot going for it. So putting aside the off the beaten track location, it’s housed on Kew Green, a stone’s throw from the main entrance at Kew Gardens hence, it’s perfect for lunch or dinner should one be visiting the iconic World Heritage site.

What’s more is that the establishment is given that extra tinge of curiosity and thumbs up in that not only does the cooking harbour strong Swedish influences due to chef-patron Jonas Karlsson’s own origins, he was previously the head chef at the Fifth Floor Café at Harvey Nichols. What can one expect from the menu then, but good things!

Starters lift off with pickled herrings on rye bread partnered with a perfectly formed smoked egg yolk. On a little more of a meaty and robust side was the venison pate with blackcurrant compote and toasted brioche. Both dishes were fine and well presented.

The follow up course featured and evenly flavoured fillet of grey mullet with warm fennel salad, radish and vanilla foam. Another main featured Kentish lamb rump with peas and broad beans along with confit charlotte potatoes, which was also up to par. Desserts included an excellent mango and kiwi fool with caramelised bread crumbs and a well-made strawberry ripple cheesecake served with marinated strawberries.

One might argue that though everything here – including the service – is well tuned, the cooking verges on the bland. However, such is not the case and one is urged to call it a “hidden gem” of a place that deserves wider recognition.