The Shot Espresso coffee bar just off Fulham Broadway now has a larger offshoot, Bistro by Shot, just down the road on Parson’s Green Lane, a stone’s throw from the tube. More food-oriented than the parent operation, it starts with breakfast from 8am, a brunch menu on Saturdays, a short lunch menu as well as the evening dinner menu that we tried.
It’s a small room, with space for about 25 covers at any one time; of this, two tables of two are in a more rustic, small covered courtyard area. Nice in summer, but I have a feeling that it might get a bit cold in winter.
The menu has a choice of five different starters and the same number of main courses, as well as four snack plates. Vegetarian choices are limited to one starter and one main course. We started with beef tartare and chips, and smoked salmon salad with beetroot. Before this arrived, a small plate of tempura vegetables with a vinegar and shallot dipping sauce was well received; the tempura was nicely crispy, and the sweetened vinegar was a well-judged addition. Of our starters, the beef was the more memorable, with the accompanying jenga tower of chips giving a welcome crunchy contrast to the tender, perfectly spiced beef. Starters range from £5.50 to £9 for a small steak tartare (£16 for large).
Main courses of rump of lamb and duck breast, for me and H respectively, showed a sure hand in the kitchen when it comes to cooking meat. Both asking for medium rare – we’re both happy to eat steak tartare, but need a bit more colour in our lamb and duck – saw both dishes cooked to perfection. The broccoli purée with the duck was particularly noted, an excellent complement to the duck fat. Portions were generous, but we probably should have added a vegetable side dish from one of the four choices. Main courses range from £12 up to £24 for beef fillet. There was one special available; when we visited, it was pan fried salmon.
For pudding, an overly runny chocolate fondant was a minor let down, but a pannacotta was better. But a weaker showing for pudding is hardly unique to Shot, but a common problem amongst restaurant kitchens. There was a good selection of wine by the glass available, with suggested pairings for the puddings, as well as a wide range of spirits and cocktails. Service was attentive and timely.
Our dinner, of three courses, a cocktail and two glasses of wine, came to a total of £80. We thought that, for this location, that counted excellent value. Were we to be living closer, I think that we would be popping by fairly regularly, and possibly sharing a selection of starters between us as the couple next to us were. But even with the longer distance to travel I’m keen to go back for brunch and try the eggs Benedict.
Bistro By Shot
28 Parsons Green Lane
020 7371 7533
We were the guests of Bistro by Shot. All opinions our own.