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Wildflower Café

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The enclave of Westbourne Grove and its surrounding area is so diverse – both ethnically and geographically – that it’s hardly any wonder there are cafes and restaurants of all kinds. Not to mention a whole gamut of them. It’s a lucky neighbourhood indeed where one can fin such a huge collection of dining establishments.

What makes the wonderfully and rather appropriately named Wildflower Café stand out is that it happens to be a florist’s that doubles up both as a café during the daytime, serving a range of well-made cakes and savoury items, and then in the evening as a more elevated though unpretentious eaterie.

Like most cafes, though the interior is a tad cramped and the décor musters a serviceable and earthy look, it’s the cooking that counts, warranting a full thumbs-up!

To start, roasted onion and thyme with cheddar “toasts” along with smoked duck breast with pickled plum and watercress, offers robust and perfectly acceptable robust flavours. For mains, the pan-fried wild sea bass was adequately cooked and given accompaniment of new potatoes in a tomato and olive sauce. It’s an earthy dish, which you wouldn’t necessarily even think of being very restaurant orientated as it were. That said, at £17.50, the price certainly has a whiff of the restaurant about it. The chargrilled lamb rump is equally satisfying, aided by pomme puree, sautéed spinach and salsa verde.

Keeping things on an even keel, desserts of plum and apple crumble with vanilla custard and pear frangipane tart with Chantilly cream do justice to a menu, which is concise. If you are quick and have spotted one of the attractive looking cakes by the window before they are removed for the evening service, you might even be lucky enough to order one of those for dessert. Incidentally, should you be in the mood, the freshly squeezed juices here are unmissable.


Wildflower Café
108 Chepstow Rd
London
W2 5QS
Tel: 020 7792 9594