No197 Chiswick Fire Station – ‘Go west young woman! Go west!’

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

6pm on a typical gloomy looking British summer evening a bunch of media chicks were looking forward to an overdue catch-up. We rocked up to No197 Chiswick Fire Station, recently opened in the leafy suburb of Chiswick on the High street. Walking past alfresco diners and drinkers, we were rewarded with a beautifully refurbished historic building.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

The cool modern interior, with its neutral tones, high ceilings, contemporary furniture and immense love for cacti had me reaching for my camera in sheer delight.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

It exuded a friendly, relaxed vibe. A large central oval bar took pride of place with copper herb pots, bowls of citrus and drink condiments sprucing it up.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

Taking a pew at the bar, I began to regale my love of ginger to the bar man. He recommended the Dark and Stormy made with their homemade ginger syrup. How could a girl refuse? Particularly as he swapped the rum for my much preferred vodka.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

We were soon ushered to a white washed booth, a perfect spot for our catch up. I loved the eclectic decor and different seating layouts across the restaurants, intimate booths, velvet sofas, communal tables and there’s also an outside courtyard for a bit of alfresco dining.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

The menu offers all day dining with ingredients sourced locally and changing seasonally.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

After much deliberation Maria ordered the crispy squid with coriander, spring onion and chilli (£7.95).


The plump, crispy looking morsels were quickly hoovered up. She found it delicious!

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

Torn between a few starters, I was so pleased when Becky ordered the aubergine and sweet potato croquettes with sun blushed tomato, basil and feta salad (£7.50). The crunchy texture pulling together the sweetness and smoky aubergine punctuated with the feta’s tang was right on point.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

My own starter was a winner too. The vegetarian tacos with black bean, avocado and sour cream were fresh and flavoursome (£7.50). My only complaint being the size. They were very, very small and barely hit the sides. Good job I had my sights set on a sturdy main.

With a fair few months of yapping to catch up on, it was soon time for our mains. My pan-fried potato gnocchi with burrata, basil and pistachio pesto (£12.95) was certainly a heavy dish. Although tasty I could feel the inches adding on to my waistline with every delicious mouthful of the buttery sauce.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

Maria went for a bunless halloumi and courgette burger with mint and cucumber labneh accompanied with fries (£10.95). Although halfway through she wished she hadn’t eschewed the bun.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

I think the prize went to Becky for ‘happiest eater’ with her flat iron chicken topped with black bean, heritage tomato, new potato and olive (£14.50).

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

Being National Chocolate Day we couldn’t leave without sharing the Bitter Chocolate Tart with chocolate mousse and rice krispies (£6.95)

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

The combination of the different textures from smooth, crunchy to melt-in-your-mouth had us all in chocolate heaven. The perfect choice to celebrate a day dedicated to the glorious stuff. And of course, if you know me well it could only be washed down with one thing…

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

No, not the waiter. Eyes on the prize: Espresso martinis!

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

The interiors and decor of No197 Chiswick Firehouse totally won me over. Perfect for a girly catch-up, family brunch or romantic date. The bar also rocked a great ambience as the night went on – the lights dimmed and the music pumped.

No 197 Chiswick Fire Station

Apart from my having to schlep across London to visit, I’m not deterred from coming back again. So Maria and Becky when’s brunch?

Where do you go to catch up with friends? Let me know in the comments box below.


No197 Chiswick Fire Station | 197 Chiswick High Road | London | W4 2DR




No197 Chiswick Fire Station



  1. 7th August 2016 / 6:36 pm

    This looks like such a fab place to go and eat with friends. The menu looks absolutely delicious. I also really love the interior design!


    x x x

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      7th August 2016 / 6:41 pm

      It has such a chilled out it’s perfect. You must check it out, if you’re ever in the area Laura x

  2. 7th August 2016 / 7:32 pm

    This looks like such a lovely placed for a chilled little catch up, definitely going to put it on my list of places to visit before the years out! x

  3. 7th August 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Oh wow it looks even better than I thought it would, definitely going on the list of places to visit x

  4. kaleigh
    7th August 2016 / 10:13 pm

    This place is gorgeous! Love your photos

  5. Axela
    7th August 2016 / 10:35 pm

    What a nice place with such a hip vibe.
    I loved the food photos – good job!

  6. 7th August 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Good choice with the vodka! 😉
    Love the photos – so colorful with great composition. I hope to visit London one day!

  7. Analesha
    8th August 2016 / 2:05 am

    Looks like a great place for a catch up with friends. Your photos are so good too!

  8. Monisha
    8th August 2016 / 8:23 am

    Wow food and ambience looks fantastic – would love to go! Wish it wasn’t so darn far!;-)

    • Sima Sthanakiya
      10th August 2016 / 9:13 pm

      You must have chums west…you need to plan a meet up! X

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.