We’ve been residents of Little Venice for about six months now. Little did we know, there’s a gem in the midst of our neighbourhood. The Boathouse Restaurant is literally as its name says, a dining treasure housed within a boat – perched on the banks of the canal where guests were pleasantly greeted with a view to behold. Barges line the opposite banks, others silently chugging past us as we ooh-d and aah-d at the view as well as the menu. The restaurant serves modern French-influenced cuisine at extremely affordable prices. After my major distraction watching a flock of geese glide by, I finally settled on my starter of Terrine of Ham Hock and Fois Gras and P opted for the crayfish tail salad. Two thumbs up for the Terrine which was chock full of meaty ham chunks laced with creamy fois gras and served with a quenelle of sweet apple chutney. The crayfish salad was pretty standard fare but we were still won over with a salad that was well dressed to the last leaf.
The mains were just as delicious, but as I was still relishing the wonderful taste of terrine, I did not quite pay as much attention to my Duck Confit with Walnut salad, and P’s Lamb Rump with Samphire. Both meals were on the slightly salty side, but it was balanced out with the salad and chips on the side. Probably not top on my fave list, but it was still two good dishes.
The lavendar honey was true to form – the fragrance of lavender gently hits the back of the mouth as you take each sticky bite of the roasted figs and ice cream. It was a delightful way to end this already satisfying meal. Four stars to Boathouse! I’m sure we’ll be visiting you again pretty soon.
60 Blomfield Road
London W9 2PD
+44 (0) 20 7286 6752