Frontline – Paddington
Frontline prides itself on making food from locally sourced produce. The menu is quite small but has sufficient choice.
On this cold winter’s day, there was no doubt what was needed; a bowl of hot soup. On the menu was celeriac, Bramley apple and whole chestnut soup. The combination sounded a little strange, but I thought that it was worth a try. Whole chestnuts, chunks of apple in a creamy celeriac based soup. Surprisingly, the sweet and savoury flavours worked well together. It was not too sweet with the apple.
A small brown crusty roll was served with the soup. It tasted like it had fennel seeds in it.
I skipped the main course and went straight for the dessert. Crumble has always been a favourite of mine so I was happy that Frontline had Autumn fruit crumble on the menu.
The crumble was served in a ramekin with a small jug of custard on the side. Chunky fruit was topped with a nut based crumble. The vanilla custard had not been overdone on the sugar side of things. The whole dessert was lovely and the taste of the fruit was great.
Frontline had lots of artwork decorating the brick walls. The dining area was made of dark chairs and also seating along the walls. The waitress gave us lots of time to decide on our meal, to eat and to chat. The staff did not bother us throughout the meal, even though we were there for a good few hours. At the same time, it was easy to get the attention of the waitress if we needed anything.
Frontline is a great place to catch up with friends as well as having quality food. The restaurant was surprisingly quiet for a Sunday afternoon.
Frontline, 13 Norfolk Place, Paddington, London, W2 1QJ