Test Driving Faber – a coastal seafood delight in the heart of Hammersmith

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewMaldon oysters to start at Faber

So there’s a new seafood restaurant in town?

That’s right – Faber is a new spot in Hammersmith focusing on sustainably sourced seafood. The folk behind it are Matt Ward and Anthony Pender who also run the seafood-focused pub The Victoria in Mile End. They’re joined here by executive chef Ollie Bass who is ex- Quo Vadis and Sessions Arts House.

Where is it exactly?

You’ll find it just minutes away from Hammersmith tube station (it used to be pizza restaurant Villagio) on Hammersmith Road.

What’s the space like?

The corner site means it’s got plenty of light making it a great spot for lunches (there’s a worker’s lunch deal during the week for £15). At night it’s a buzzing space with plenty of room for larger groups too.

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewThe dining room’s a lovely bright space

Is it just seafood on the menu?

While fish and shellfish are definitely the focus here, there are alternatives if you fancy meat or vegetarian options. The key thing is that all the produce is sourced from ethical suppliers, mostly from coastal areas. So the bread is from Cornish-based Coombeshead Farm, the tomatoes are from the Isle of Wight – you get the picture.

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewBurrata with samphire and dulse crumbs from Car Y Mor in Wales.(£12)

In addition to the menu that you’ll find online, there’s a blackboard with all the daily specials up on it – which on our visit was mostly based on the catch of the day but also included a veal ragu option.

Here’s what we had to give you an idea of what to expect:

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewGrilled Cornish cod cheek skewers with tartar sauce (£5) – one of their signatures, you should start with this. 

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewChalkstream trout tartare (£13) – another unmissable signature dish sees Hampshire chalkstream trout prepared three ways; belly and trout caviar lightly marinated in a white soy dressing on a horseradish cream and trout loin sliced sashimi style and finished with nori.

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewScottish langoustines (£34) from the specials board, served with a lick the plate XO sauce.

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewLemon sole (£40) landed in Cornwall and served simply, but perfectly, with garlic butter.

Anything else we need to know?

Yes. Get the chips because they are fabulous.

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewSUCH good chips. You can thank us later.

Room for desserts?

You’re going to need to save room because, out of left field, this seafood restaurant turns out to be serving up one of London’s best tarts. We ordered the honey tart below fully expecting it to have been supplied by another London bakery but this slice of joy is made in-house.

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewBruleed honey tart with creme fraiche (£12) – as good as it looks, with perfectly thin base and a barely-set feel that elevates it .

What about the drinks list?

The wine list starts with a wholly British section, before being split into coastal and inland European options. Our Sicilian Grill (£38) was delicious and there were plenty under the £40 mark to choose from.

faber hammersmith seafood restaurant reviewCocktails are also made using coastal-sourced ingredients. This was the Monksbeard Martini (with Wrecking Coast scurvy gin and samphire) and a sugar kelp Old Fashioned.

Overall thoughts:

Word is already out about how good Faber is and although our servers were stretched on the night by a packed dining room, they coped admirably with the demands. With plans to roll out the concept in other parts of London, you can only hope that your neighbourhood is next.

 

More about Faber

Where is it? 206 Hammersmith Road, London W6 7DH

Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @faberrestaurants

Hot Dinners dined as guests of Faber. Prices correct at time of publication.

 

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