Charlotte’s Place

Charlotte's Place (5 of 40)
Situated in an intimate and cosy residential area, Charlotte’s Place

History and Background:

2 AA Rosettes

Meal courtesy of Charlotte’s Place.

A restaurant that seats 50 spread across two floors. Charlotte’s place emits an aura of calm, situated in a peaceful and residential part of W5. Curiosity beckons upon approach to the restaurant, seemingly mysterious yet, very welcoming. With Ealing Common serving as its cosy backdrop, al fresco dining can be enjoyed with a good view on a day with good weather. Now independently owned by Alex Wrethman who has since refurbrished and rebranded for its reopening in 2005. Charlotte’s place offers a traditional British menu with European influences.

The restaurant door is plastered with accolades and upon entry you will find yourself in an intimate room, welcomed by its friendly staff. We came here to try the eye-catching set tasting menu offer which would soon be available on weekdays for £30 and on the weekend, £35.

The meal:

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Amuse Bouche
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What a delicacy!
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Isle of Wight Tomatoes, Jersey Milk Curd, Black Olive

Before the amuse bouche came, we had a selection of brown and white bread sought from The Flour Station, a local, artisan and award-winning bread supplier. After our fill we tried the delicate amuse abouche – the potato skins with filling. The potato skin crisp, with that oven baked aroma it was finished within 2 bites! Following the amuse bouche we were given our first course, the isle of wight tomatoes, jersey milk curd and black olive.

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Ink Poached Pollock – Chickpea & Harissa
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quail and foie gras
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ginger infused apricot and puy lentils

 The fish was cooked just right, topped with squid ink sauce, which completed well with the slight sweetness of the chickpeas. I’ve got to admit I’m not a big fan of lentils however the puree did it for me alongside foie gras which I absolutely loved. I prefer my foie gras grilled and almost softened to a point where it can become a spread. The quail was also done very well.

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white chocolate parfait

Service:  Anna and James delivered great customer service and were very informative. The chef came out to hear our honest opinions and the staff holds good rapport with their customers.

Bits and bobs:

  • Located at the edge of the Ealing Common, so enjoy a stroll through the green before reaching the restaurant!
  • Al Fresco dining can be enjoyed on a good day

Price: ££

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Yauatcha

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Star quality dim sum at Yauatcha

History and Background:

1 Michelin Star

Meal courtesy of Yauatcha Soho. The dim sum at Yauatcha represents an oasis of calm and beauty within the vibrant city of London. Opened in 2004, it’s no stranger to the Chinese dining scene, with a recent new opening of its second branch within The City, Liverpool Street. Below, a video from the Yauatcha website, a video that best represents the wealth of expertise and reputation Yauatcha currently holds in the restaurant and food industry.

Yauatcha Kitchen from Touchfood on Vimeo.

Yauatcha’s dim sum teahouse offers all day luxurious dim sum distinctive from its Chinatown competitors. Perfect for a family meal, with friends, large parties and celebrations. Cantonese dishes flood the menu, with influences from all parts of China slightly altered with a modern touch. The traditional tastes remain.

Renowned for their 38 types of tea, their cocktails and their patisserie. See this post for a more inclusive summary of what their patisseries have to offer.

The meal:

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Sauces served at the table prior to ordering
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茉莉香片 Jasmine Green Tea from Taipei, Taiwan – £3.80 per pot

With an extensive tea menu, you can order pots of different types of tea such as green tea, white tea, black tea, dark tea, flower tea and more. They notably have the Dan Cong Song Zhong tea from Guandong, China priced at £13.30 a pot. There is a reason for this expensive price tag, the Dan Cong Song Zhong tea leaves are harvested from 200 year old trees from the Song Dynasty. Song Zhong is considered the best of its variety, and are heavily treasured by the Chinese. It has a distinct orchid-like sweet taste.

We ordered the Jasmine Green tea. They’re taken from Jasmine blossoms, it is subtly sweet – Jasmine tea is one of the most famous teas in China. Highly fragrant and aromatic!

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油烹麥片鮮魷 Fried chilli squid with oatmeal and curry leaf £11.20

Between the two of us, we chose 4 dishes (you would want to make some space for the desserts to come). The fried chilli squid was finely crisped and had plenty of crunch. A generous portion that satisfied our stomachs, it wasn’t very spicy though! We had the sauces on the side to increase the spiciness levels however.

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腐皮蝦腸粉 Prawn and beancurd cheung fun £8.20

This is the real deal. I’m a massive fan of bean curd and prawn and beancurd cheung fun is something I always order at restaurants. Done very well here, crisp but chewy, the addition of the prawns created a very smooth texture overall. Light, sweet soy is usually poured on to these give it the extra sweetness.

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豬肉蝦燒賣 Pork and prawn shui mai £5.90
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薑蔥龍蝦魚子餃 Lobster dumpling with tobiko caviar with ginger and shallot £9.80

I have always been awe of the dumplings and siu mais sederved at restaurants within the Hakkasan Group. Elegant and exquisite, the prawn shiu mai, is an open topped steam dumpling made with wheat flour wrapper. The lobster dumplings for me was something new, the filling was rich with lobster meat and the orange touch of tobiko caviar finished off the colour co-ordination for this dish. The translucent wheat starch skin was stretchy, chewy but not tough. Perfectly steamed alongside the succulent lobster filling.

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The chopstick shot!
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The intricate layers of the beancurd
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Exquisite dim sum designs from Yauatcha

Desserts at Yauatcha are highly recommended, I won’t go into it too much here as there is a separate post for this, but here’s a taster of what’s to come!

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Service: The waiters here have a breadth of knowledge, ask them anything and they’ll recommend you dishes suited to your taste buds!

Bits and bobs

  • A great selection of teas, some are slightly pricier than others but their teas are a must try!

Price: ££

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Yauatcha [Desserts]

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The Yauatcha extravagance
History and Background:

1 Michelin Star

Desserts courtesy of Yauatcha Soho. For an introduction into Yauatcha, see here. Its a rarity to see the combination of Chinese dim sum and European patisserie work together, and Yauatcha is a true example of this.

This distinctive trait is what sets Yauatcha apart from the rest, a characteristic worthy of its accolades. The video below is shared from its own website, go ahead and click play!

Yauatcha Sweets from Touchfood on Vimeo.

Executive Head Chef Graham Hornigold leads the pastry team and highlights 3 main characteristics that the Yauatcha desserts have;

  1. Should act as a palate cleanser and should not be overly sweet
  2. Should be light, dim sum and Chinese food can be carb heavy, aerated mousses and citruses are therefore used
  3. Correct balance of flavours to off-set the strong flavours from the dim sum

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Rainbow coloured macarons
The desserts:

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The Yauatcha Mooncake, £3.00 retail, £6.20 served with a vanilla ice cream and crème anglaise
As we are currently nearing the Mid-Autumn festival period, Yauatcha has released their take on the moon cakes. Moon cakes have been a long standing tradition at the Mid Autumn Festivial and are regarded as an indispensable delicacy.  The exterior, made like the crumbly, sweet pastry you would typically have, filled with thick Chinese custard for its interior. Usually, traditional moon cakes consist of a lotus seed filling and main contain yolk from salted duck eggs.

These small Chinese pastries are spherical in shape to represent the full moon and unity.

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Passion fruit mango dome £5.90 (the price between Monday to Thursday)

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Chocolate pebble £5.90 (the price between Monday to Thursday)

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Red fruits fromage frais £5.90 (the price between Monday to Thursday)
The Red Fruits Fromage Frais and Raspberry Delice caught our eyes, so these were the ones we ordered. The Raspberry Delice consisted of raspberry, Madirofolo chocolate and lychee. The intricate design with the touch of a silver leaf is always an eye opener. The mousse is light and the intense chocolate sponge can be tasted. The lychee pannacotta is creamy and complements well with the lychee flavoured ice cream. The Red Fruits Fromage Frais is equally as spectacular, fresh fruits and white strawberries are even used! The layer of pistachio at the bottom surprised me, adding further flavour to the dish. The mousse was light and fluffy with a subtle hint of soft cheese.

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Raspberry delice £5.90 (the price between Monday to Thursday)

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Raspberry delice £5.90 (the price between Monday to Thursday)

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Chinese custard filled moon cake
Our choice of cocktail came from the Hakkasan Signature – the Earth Asian. This was made up of mount gay black barrel rum, apricot jam, lychee juice, lime, jasmine syrup and black walnut bitters. It was surprisingly a really refreshing drink and not too strong.

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Earth Asian £11.00

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Who can’t resist a box of moon cakes? Best served warm (heat in microwave for a few seconds)
Of course, we brought some mooncakes back for the family as well as buying some of their signature macarons. £1.80 per piece of £9,70 for 6, which is a pretty reasonable price in comparison to some other bakeries. What makes Yauatcha’s macarons distinctive is the influence of Asian tastes incorporated into each flavour. Toasted Rice, Sesame Cashew, Sesame, Coconut Lychee and Pandan are just a few they sell. Traditional favourites such as matcha pistachio are also available on the menu.

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Brought some macarons home too!
Service: The waiters here have a breadth of knowledge, ask them anything and they’ll recommend you dishes suited to your taste buds!

Bits and bobs

  • A great selection of teas, some are slightly pricier than others but their teas are a must try!

Price: ££

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