Treviso, Richmond

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A relaxing restaurant, offering traditional Italian fare

There have been at least three restaurants on this spot in Kew Road, Richmond, in the last few years. From what I remember, they were owned by the same people who regularly opened up under a new name, only to close down again a year or so later. So it was a relief to see that Treviso is a totally new family-run venture.

Three of us went on a cold and blustery Saturday night, when it was good to be inside a cosy restaurant. It is obviously popular as they were turning away people who hadn’t booked. Although the décor – think dark wood and rustic tables – hasn’t changed much from the previous incarnation, the atmosphere is so much better: warm relaxed and attentive waitresses.

For starters, my son, Finn, and I both opted for the cocktail di Gambereti, with Mary Rose dressing and sourdough bread (£6.50). I was half expecting prawns in mayo in a dessert glass, but that arrived was a beautiful plate of meaty pan-fried prawns sitting on the sourdough and garnished with a light dressing. We both thought they were excellent. Alex, my husband, went for the tomato and basil soup of the day (£4.95), which was thick and flavoursome and perfect for a winter’s evening.

I’ve heard great things about their pasta, but I went for a dish that included all my favourite ingredients – medallions of beef fillet, smoked pancetta and Dolcelatte crumb, with crushed potatoes and aubergine caviar (£21.50). While the plate looked amazing, the Dolcelatte flavour sadly seemed to be missing and the steak, while still very good, was more cooked than asked for. Finn’s ribeye steak with roasted mushrooms and salad (£17.50) was really good although could have done with a little more seasoning.

Alex chose from the specials, having the monkfish and lemon mash (£16.95). Unlike Finn’s dish this was slightly over-salted, but good nevertheless. They are definitely generous with their portions, which is always great in my view, but it did mean that we had to forego the delicious sounding puddings, among them chocolate mousse with amaretto (£5.95), tiramisu (£4.75) or vanilla and coffee Panna Cotta with Bailey’s sauce (£5.20).

While I’ve been a bit nit-picking here, we had a really lovely evening. The food isn’t anything adventurous, but a great place to come for a good relaxed meal, which is great value. I don’t think there are many Richmond restaurants where you can get a tasty starter for just £4.95. Definitely worth a try.

94 Kew Road, Richmond

8940 0033

treviso-restaurant.co.uk

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