Tuesday, 27 June 2017

REVIEW: Fire Stables, Wimbledon

Today's review was a real treat and one of the nicest restaurant visits we have had in a while.

Young's Pubs, which finds itself quite happily at home in south west London, is not always the first name one thinks of when it comes to a fish restaurant. Perhaps one of the loftier names housed in Smithfield market comes to mind quicker? Well that's about to change thanks to the return of Fire Stables - a Young's restaurant specializing in impeccably cooked fish in a wonderfully contemporary space. 
Previously a favorite local pub, the venue has recently undergone a remarkable renovation. The restaurant’s new look is timelessly classic with a touch of Parisian cafe charm, in keeping the easy-going sophistication synonymous with the Wimbledon Village area. The dark wood-topped tables make the perfect spot for me to snap our booze - an All Day IPA for Alex, a truly wonderful Picpoul de Pinet for me.
To start, I sank my fork (rather delicately) into citrus vodka cured Chalk Stream trout with tomato pannacotta and Bloody Mary dressing. This trout, seriously, was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. The texture was slightly firm so you could still bite into it and the vodka/citrus flavour was so subtle it simply elevated the exquisite fish flavour. The tomato pannacota, while visually odd, worked really well as did the dressing of celery and cucumber. I am still raving about this dish a week later, I loved it so much. 
Alex went for the slightly more classical starter of perfectly pan-seared scallops with peas, broad beans and scraps - the bits leftover from battering fish. Topped with pea shoots, I personally found the dish could have benefited from a dressing but the scallops were so beautifully cooked that thought was easily forgotten. 
For the main event I, obviously, went for fish - a whole sea bass to be precise. The skin was so flaky, the flesh so, so sweet and soft - it just simply slid away from the bone when touched by a fork. This dish was absolutely dreamy. I also LOVED the sides of fresh fennel salad with apple, chive and radish and crushed Cornish Mids with spring onion, herbs and lemon. Simply put, this is how great fish should be cooked, served and eaten. 
Being a Sunday, Alex by-passed the fish theme and went for the hearty roast of belly pork with roast potatoes, a larger-than-life Yorkshire pudding and seasonal veggies. This all came drenched in the richest gravy we've experienced in a while. The pork was sweet and soft and the roasties again some of the best we've tucked into for a while. I mean, look at that Yorkshire!
Annndddddd dessert! I went for the Black Forest Brownie which absolutely fulfilled all my 1970s dreams. From the criss-cross chocolate design to the macerated cherries and heady, rich chocolate brownie - what's not to love! Alex also went for a classic - the deconstructed tiramisu, which, while delicious, could have been even better if it was reconstructed.
Overall, we were both really delighted with this visit. Wimbledon Village is about and hour and a half away from home but we agreed it was worth the trek. Even if you go just for the trout you'll be in heaven - add a glass of Picpoul de Pinet and you'll never want to eat anywhere else again. 

Thank you Fire Stables and Young's for hosting this review. All opinions are my own. 


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