About time I revisited another local Fulham restaurant and went to My Dining Room!
My Dining Room is just round the corner from ‘Fulham Beach’ tucked away from the main shopping area. A few years ago the rather rough pub on the site was reborn as a Gastro-pub/Restaurant called ‘The Farm’ and when it first opened I was quite a regular in the restaurant, which focussed on local UK quality ingredients at a time when that was quite unusual. The bar was very, very expensive though and after a few months the quality of the restaurant dropped…and I stopped going. When it reopened as ‘My Dining Room’ I was unconvinced. I did visit, but even for a Francophile like me, it was just too ‘French’ for me to want to take friends! A couple of chance encounters meeting the owner proprietor Olivier lavigne du Cadet and head chef Tom Cenci encouraged me to go back this week. And I am very glad I did.
The décor of My Dining Room remains pretty much as it was when it was first re-born as ‘The Farm’ but the menu has changed a lot. There’s a rather fun range of bar snacks which includes popcorn, pigs ears and Toulouse sausage rolls as well as home-made crisps, bread and olives and gherkins and pickled onions. There’s also a short a la Carte lunch menu. And, in true French Bistro tradition, there’s a very, very good value market menu – daily specials. On the day we went, for 9.95 we could have had two courses – choosing from pigs head terrine, chicken liver pate with apple jelly or eggs with parmesan soldiers to start and following on with a choice of three options including slow roast pork belly and a pan fried salmon dish, and picking any dessert from the menu.
But I was tempted by the board. And I hope you will see why in a minute.
For our main course we decided to share the slow roast chicken. The attraction for me was ‘roasted for 7 hours’. I just wanted to see what the result was!
Our roasting dish arrived with all the meat juices and a fabulously golden, plump chicken. Vegetables were a mix of tenderstem broccoli, carrots and parsnips with a sticky chicken glaze (I suspect they were roasted or finished with the chicken) and there was a pot of new potatoes roasted in their skins too. A small jug of jus – clearly ‘proper’ gravy sat to one side of the chicken and there were two portions of stuffing.
Of the dish, the only part I didn’t enjoy was the stuffing, just too salty and doughy for me with little bits of bacon flecked through the mix. But the chicken itself was wonderful! Falling off the bone tender but still beautifully moist…and with a crisp golden skin.
The menu price for the chicken is £24.95. So for two people it’s quite a reasonable price. But amazingly, it’s a dish you can share. It would have served three greedy adults or a family of four without any problem! And at that point, the maths starts to kick in and you realise this is a fabulous family meal option.
We didn’t have room for desserts. But the menu had some tempting options including chocolate fondant, tarte tatin and a pistachio crème brulee. So, you know what. We will just have to go back some time!
Our bill, including two bottles of wine, ‘proper apple juice’, gin and tonic and service was just over £70 for two. There’s free wi fi, comfortable seating and bar snacks start at just £1.50. So, My Dining Room, we will be back!
My Dining Room
18 Farm Land