West London has a real shortage of decent eateries.
The majority that dominate are kebab shops and mediocre local hubs, mostly pubs. For many of them food is secondary and rather uninspired on all counts. Last week when perusing my inbox of new openings, I found too my delight, one with great promise. A cat amongst the pidgins.
Bistro by shot is a charming local cafe on Parsons Green Lane. Slap bang between the Fulham road and the underground.
Charmingly simple in decor and design, with a cake filled coffee counter and a simple menu, it is the perfect place to stop for a light lunch.
Having spent the last year living opposite Shot, the coffee shop counterpart to Bistro, I can say with conviction that there are few places in town that make coffee so well. My question was whether they would deliver on food too. Much to my delight, they did.
After a hectic morning of errands I could think of no better place to be wrapped up warm enjoying a delicious light lunch.
We went for a mix of dishes to share. Two salads : The roasted butternut squash, kale and pumpkin seed and also a pearl barley salad, with pickled beetroot, feta and sesame. Both delicious, fresh and particularly good together. We also got a selection of sides too.
All of the food, including the breads, cakes and pastries are made on site, (by their lovely French chef) so quality was high on all counts. The best thing we ordered was certainly the sweet potato mash. Smooth as silk and light as whipped cream, it was just asking to be slathered on top of a freshly baked loaf, or dunked into a salad. I would do back for that alone!
The juices weren’t bad either. We went for an avocado/ kale greens containing one, and a rather more pleasing in taste berry and kiwi smoothie to share.
Finally was the obligatory shot coffee to finish. My favourite being a cappuccino with almond milk. Frothing with almond milk is certainly an art in itself, but these Aussie barrista geniuses manage it every time. who knows how, I need tips!
I also couldn’t resist a few snaps of the pastry counter.
You can find the details of Shot here
It is certainly the place for an evening aperitif, light supper or a relaxed lunch. The staff are all lovely and knowledgeable and the menu varied, yet uncomplicated. I will certainly be back for more.