Emma and I were looking for somewhere to take my sister for a birthday dinner. Although I’ve lived in the Wimbledon area for almost 2 decades, I’ve not made it to Light House, a local restaurant with a good reputation. So, it was a windy November weekday evening that we made our way to Light House, located not far off the main drag of Wimbledon Village.
As we were eating a little late, it was buzzing inside when we arrived, a healthy sign of a successful restaurant. Despite the number of diners, the service was attentive all evening and the food arrived in a timely manner.
Emma’s chicken liver and pink peppercorn pâté, pear chutney and toast ticked all the boxes for a pâté – earthy with a little heat from peppercorn though I think my Heston Bumenthal-inspired home-cooked version does pip it mainly due to a wonderful reduced alcohol mix that goes in to flavour it but for a restaurant dish, this would push up the price significantly.
The only dish that didn’t quite live up to its promise was my starter – seared scallops, champ, oxtail gravy and crispy sage. The scallops just got overwhelmed in the mix of flavours when they should have been the star of the dish.
For mains, Emma and sis went for the roast venison haunch, fries, green beans and green peppercorn sauce. It was the largest slab of venison we had ever seen served in a restaurant and it was cooked to medium rare perfection.
A side order of buttered greens was delicious.
We shared 2 desserts – chocolate cake and panna cotta with poached rhubarb. The chocolate cake was quite dense but very chocolatey. The panna cotta had a suitable wobble and the rhubarb the perfect foil.
Food: ★★★★☆ Service: ★★★★☆ Ambiance: ★★★★☆ VFM: ★★★★☆ Overall: ★★★★☆
Price: Good solid bistro food with prices to match
75-77 Ridgway,Wimbledon, SW19 4ST