Earls Court Jazz at Mr Wing
Mr Wing has been serving delicious Chinese fare to the Earls Court locals since the 80’s and continues to up its game 30 years on.
Having had a recent makeover the menu is more exciting than ever, offering a selection of the finest traditional favourites but each with a twist to make the dining experience a little more interesting. Try the Custard Battered Prawns deep fried and served with Wasabi Mayonaise, or Vietnamese Grilled Chicken Skewers with Jungle Salt, Peanuts, Black Pepper and Sesame Seeds. Enjoy Fresh Lobster as an intermediate and then savour the Oven Baked Black Miso Cod as a melt in the mouth main course.
But I’m forgetting to get to the point of this article, because the food here is very distracting, but not the only distraction…
Is Jazz and Chinese food an unexpected mix? If I threw in a floor to ceiling, wall to wall tropical aquarium would it be even more surreal?
On Friday and Saturday evenings why not enjoy all of the above in one go? At the weekend Mr Wing opens the downstairs dining area, where the aforementioned aquarium is housed, and seats their resident Jazz pianist at the eighty-eight upstairs. It’s quite a heady mix which I highly recommend.
I should also mention to those of you who find themselves at an occasional lunchtime loss that there is a wonderful deal to be had; a ‘Quick Lunch’ at the very reasonable price of £6.50. Choose any main from the lunchtime menu and it will come with steamed rice, vegetables and a free soup.
Yes, please.Mr Wing 242 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 0DE 020 7370 4450 Mon-Sun 12.30pm-12am
Ping Pong and Pizza
Earls Court is serving up pizza by the slice and ping pong by the game. One of the latest crazes to rock New York City has bounced across the pond and landed squarely (or roundly) in our neighbourhood.
Table tennis, once a simple, nerdy side show for the ‘not-quite-sporty’ was transformed a few Olympics back by Asian speed demons in tiny shorts. Now, having long grown tired of being recognised as a genuine sport, ping pong is revived for the desperately hip. With bars and clubs popping up all over the shop proving that there is a clear market for ranked beer pong, it’s no wonder that a line forms around the block each Friday when Ping opens its doors.
But don’t just settle for the weekend, why not stop by for a Tournament Tuesday. Entry is free and there’s a £100 gift voucher for the lucky winner.
If you haven’t quite got your top spin perfected you can always get yourself a haircut at the eponymous Deano’s Barber Shop, located downstairs and cropping men’s barnetts from Monday-Wednesday 6-11pm.
If you’re like me and prefer a less pressured experience (the last time I played ping pong I hit myself in the face with my paddle) then just grab a stool, a beer and a pizza and take in the show.Ping 180-184 Earl’s Court Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9QG
020 7370 5358 Mon-Wed 6-11pm Thurs-Sat 6-2am Closed Sunday
Rocco – Restaurant & Salumeria
I was terribly sad when Langhan’s finally closed its doors. An Earls Court fixture for almost thirty years the French brasserie seemed a hard act to follow even though diners had been steadily dwindling for years.
The site, nestled neatly under art deco residential blocks on the Old Brompton Road, is well over 3,000 square feet and when Rocco took over the plot in 2012 they certainly made the most of the light and space. With exposed brickwork, wooden beams and concrete floor it comes over as a thoroughly modern experience.
The food, however, is traditional Northern Italian and there’s not a pizza in sight. The menu focuses on the heavier pasta, ravioli and tortellini, all full in flavor and served often with a light sage and butter sauce so that you can really taste the fillings, which are delicious. All breads, pasta and desserts are made fresh daily on site.
The real gem here though is the salumeria. A salumeria in Earls Court! Connecting the restaurant to a small delicatessen on the left hand side of the eatery is a heavy steel bar where you can sit and sample the delights of Rocco’s charcuterie board. All sliced to order, as thinly or thickly as you like this is some of the best Proscuitto, Salami and Braesiola this side of Milan.
Treat yourself to a glass of Prossecco and charcuterie board when you’re not in the mood for a full dinner. Bellisimo!Rocco
254-260 Old Brompton Road , Earls Court
London, SW5 9HR
(0)2072592599 Mon-Sun 10am-12M
Poetry Night – The Troubadour
If anywhere is going to host a regular Live Poetry event it’s going to The Troubadour, Earls Court.
The quirky café plays host to some of the most innovative entertainment in the area and they never fail to deliver the goods they advertise. As proof, poetry night is often a sell out.
Running since early 1997 and set up by published poet and author Anne-Marie Fyfe, this long standing fortnightly performance takes on many shades of regalement by offering up a plethora of artists and poets from all levels of fame within the craft. Not only that, some nights turn into lively debates on the latest publishings or the celebration of past greats with the likes of Keats, Yeats, Rilke being performed, dissected and discussed live.
All of this takes place in the cellar club at the bottom of The Toubadour House and costs as little as £6.00 to attend. So grab yourself a beret and a studied look of deep thought and get thee down to a reading.
Readings are on alternative Mondays from 8 to 10 pm, doors open 7.30pm. For more information, please visit Ann-Marie Fyfe’s website www.coffeehousepoetry.org or contact her on 020 8354 0660.Poetry Night The Troubadour 265 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, SW5 9JA 020 7341 6333
Garnier – Earls Court
Garnier opened its doors in the heart of Earls Court to little fanfare in 2012. A sleek no nonsense cream interior with red banquettes and white tablecloths presented a sedate if not slightly detached London bistro. As a result not many locals showed interest and the dining room remained largely empty for the first quarter.
Who knew then, that this Earls Court restaurant was going to offer some of the finest French cooking to hit West London in a decade? AA Gill, that’s who. A double page, five star review in the Sunday Times put paid to all the indifference and Garnier was soon turning would be diners, without a booking, away in droves.
The menu is more ‘brasserie style’ than ‘haute cuisine’ but this does not hinder the flavor or presentation of the food. I would whole-heartedly recommend anything on offer here but have to say that the simplest dish of all has stolen the show. The Fillet of Scottish Beef with Tarragon Sauce; cooked to perfection (I like mine medium rare) melts in your mouth, coated with meaty juices and buttery tarragon deliciousness that somehow only the French can deliver to a dining table. Can it get any better? Only with some flawlessly fried chips to clean up your plate with.
If there are more mouths to feed then why not feast on the Cote de Boeuf? And do not forget to enjoy the extensive wine list, which is a joy to read even if there are a couple of bottles that could seriously damage your wallet!
To have this little gem planted right in the middle of your neighbourhood is a gift. Enjoy it!Garnier 314 Earl’s Court Road, Earls Court, London, SW5 9BQ 020 3641 8323 12-3pm, 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat 12-3.30pm, 6-10pm Sun