• SquareMeal

    "Wonderful modern French food” is the attraction at Le Vacherin, which also wins praise for its “consistently good service” and “warm, intimate, romantic ambience”. The clean lines, authentic trappings and white linen tablecloths lend a Parisian air to this dyed-in-the-wool bistro, which is “great for a celebration” as well as a cosy dinner à deux. Chef Malcolm John’s menu is classic and elegant, from starters of escargots de Bourgogne or seared foie gras with boudin blanc to suprême of sea trout with crayfish and crab bisque or an assiette of duck with preserved cherries. Sharing options including rock oysters, pot au feu or chateaubriand add to the romance, and desserts stay with the classics – think apricot tarte Tatin or crème brûlée with orange madeleines. Also check out the “incredible steak-frites offer”. The wine list favours France, but doesn’t exclude the rest of the world – note the selection of the month. "

  • Chiswick Herald

    "The restaurant owner at traditional French bistro, Le Vacherin was left surprised last week, following a phone call from Will Smith's associates enquiring about holding a family dinner party at the restaurant. The actor then dined at the restaurant on South Parade with popular British actor, Idris Elba, on Thursday (23 Aug). Although they had just a few hours to prepare for his visit, the owner, Donna, says ''it was a fantastic evening''. Will Smith confirmed this on his Instagram account as he tagged Idris Elba and the restaurant saying ''Thanx for the Perfect Night Out!''. The actor posted a video of him trying the act of sabrage at the Chiswick based restaurant, in which people open a bottle of champagne with the stroke of a sword. The post itself received a huge reaction online gaining 843,621 likes on the social media site. The restaurant shared Mr Smith's video on their Facebook page with the caption ''now this doesn't happen every day and we couldn't be more excited that the great Will Smith paid us a visit with his family and with Idris Elba and took this amazing video of him trying Sabrage!! We couldn't believe our eyes!! We hope you had a night as wonderful as we did Will Smith and you are always welcome!!'' The owner extended her thanks to her staff including the chef and general management for their preparations and work to accommodate the party. Adding that all at the restaurant were ''very, very humbled'' that both stars chose to visit their restaurant out of an array of restaurants in Chiswick. "

  • Evening Standard

    "West london love-in as top chefs cook up their roasts with the most the culinary stars of london’s deep south west come together for a roasting Marc Wainwright kicked off serving roast leg of lamb with duck fat roast potatoes, sprouting broccoli, glazed carrots, Yorkshire puddings and homemade mint sauce, followed by apple crumble and clotted cream for pudding. "

  • Standard

    "This high-end West London favourite is offering three course menus, followed by coffee and mince pies, for £30 at lunch and £40 at dinner. Starters include a pressed ham hock and pheasant terrine and a roast chestnut veloute. Grilled rib-eye, confit duck and spiced pumpkin ravioli are among the mains, with a pear and walnut tart or a white chocolate bavarois and Bailey’s Chantilly cream in the selection of desserts. "

  • viewlondon.co.uk

    "French brasserie over in Chiswick is a taste of France if ever there was one. A gorgeously authentic menu, an impressive dining room and the sounds of Edith Piaf (on what could well be a gramaphone) combine to make those of us that don't live in west London very jealous indeed. Brilliantly thick French accents on the staff finish things off nicely."

  • The Independent Magazine

    "A just-so bistro that delivers classic dishes done with the best ingredients from the UK and France. So, Alsace bacon with diver-caught scallops and black pudding. Best French staff, too" - Tracey MacLeod

  • The Saturday Times Knowledge

    "Le Vacherin offers quality French bistro cuisine in refreshingly undersigned surroundingsThe 90 strong list of regional French wines gives diners an enviable choice."

  • London Eating

    "A great bistro simple, assured French cooking served smartly to a relaxed clientele and at a decent priceIf youre a cheese fan this is probably one of the best places to try it in." - Nick Harman

  • The Independent on Sunday Review

    "We were spoilt for choice with the food, and there was plenty to fulfil a romantic evening out, including the signature dish of whole, baked Vacherin to share. I opted for the plate of charcuterie, which would have been a meal on its own and was imaginatively presented on a rustic cheese board."

  • The Green - Magazine

    "We were spoilt for choice with the food, and there was plenty to fulfil a romantic evening out, including the signature dish of whole, baked Vacherin to share. I opted for the plate of charcuterie, which would have been a meal on its own and was imaginatively presented on a rustic cheese board."

  • Qype

    "Excellent service, tasty dishes and athmosphere that makes me feel more than welcome, I recommend the restaurant to everybody!"

  • Tripadvisor

    "My partner & I had a wonderful 3 course meal. Each and every mouthful was delicious. For me, perfection. We cannot wait until we can afford to visit again"

  • Zagat

    "Can't be faulted" say fans of the "reliable" French cooking matched with a "fantastic" parisian atmosphere" at this "charming", "quiet" bistro a smidge "off the main track" in Chiswick: "unobtrusive service" and a "fab wine list" boister the feeling that, though prices are a "bit on the expensive side", "what you get is definaitely worth paying for. "

  • AA

    "There's plenty of Gallic bonhomie over in Chiswick in the form of Le Vacherin, a restaurant named in honour of a fine French cheese or an iconic dessert, depending, perhaps, on which is your favourite. It looks the part with its polished-wood floors, burgundy leather banquettes and mirror-friezes on cream walls hung with French-themed posters, and the kitchen's output doesn't let the side down either. If a judge of a good restaurant is doing the simple things well, a plate of sautéed new season's ceps with garlic and parsley is a very good sign indeed. There's Bayonne ham with remoulade and classic onion soup, too, and main courses such as confit duck leg with Puy lentils and fillet of sea bass with salsify and samphire. Wild rabbit with Morteau sausage and Dijon mustard is a good dose of rustic authenticity, and, for dessert, iced prune and Armagnac parfait or a good old crème brûlée hit the spot. The prix-fixe menu is particularly good value in any language."