Situated in a converted church, this excellent vegetarian restaurant has been run by the Daniel brothers since 1989, and their style has always appealed to dedicated carnivores as well as vegetarians. While the closely-packed tables ensure there's always a buzz about the place.
Begin with the likes of 'Tomato and Gorgonzola Tart'; 'Caesar Salad' or 'Indo-Iraqi Potato Cake' (a mustard seed cake filled with Indian spiced vegetables, pan-fried then served with a sweet and sour sauce).
Perhaps to be followed by 'Cajun Aubergine' (crispy-coated aubergine, stuffed with roasted okra, on a bed of char-grilled sweet potato, with chipotle salsa and guacamole); 'Gnocchi' (potato gnocchi topped with Stilton, served with char-grilled Portobello mushroom, courgettes and asparagus, oven-dried tomatoes and a cep cream sauce) or 'Risotto alla Contadina' (with asparagus, fava beans, courgettes, lemon, mint and parsley with fresh Parmesan).
Leave room for the excellent desserts - such as 'Pineapple and Chili Crumble with Crème Anglaise'; 'Elderflower Vodka Semifreddo - with a Vanilla Tuile and a Mint Balsamic Reduction' or 'Hazelnut Crème Brulée'.
In fine weather, there's a pleasant area for al fresco dining (see photograph).
They have a further branch in Islington.
- Food Style: Vegetarian
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.30; mains £11 to £16; set L £12.50 (2 courses), £15 (3 courses)
- Dinner: all week 18.00-22.30; mains £11 to £16; set D £12.50 (2 courses), £15 (3 courses)
- Seats: 90, plus about 20 outside
- Wine: a short but adequate list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Hammersmith Underground
- Directions: See the map at the top of this page
- Closed: some Bank Holidays
- Outside eating