Restaurant Review: Bistro by Shot
Bistro by Shot is a fabulous eatery on Parsons Green Lane, midway between Fulham Road and Parsons Green. My date and I ventured there on an unexpectedly sunny Saturday afternoon. This is the third venture by the owners, with the first being a coffee shop and the second a pizzeria; I would love to visit the other two, as Bistro by Shot has a sense of style that does the proprietors proud. Romance is built into the bones of this place as it opened on Valentine’s Day this year, as if it were born into it.
The interior is a mix of Danish chic and Heal’s funky lighting department, giving it a lively freshness – a great contrast to the dark green exterior. The staff are jovial and attentive without making you feel like they’re part of your date. There is a main area of the restaurant with large, solid-looking tables, and a bijou, covered-over terrace with only two tables – perfect for a “getting to know you” lunch. I won’t tell you what myself and my date spoke about sitting in the terrace section, but we enjoyed feeling part of a bubbling restaurant with a little privacy built in. There was a great vibe to the place as the soft lilt of different accents drifted around; the Aussie ululations made it feel like the uber-cool diners around the St Kilda district of Melbourne.
We decided to share a starter: corn muffin with salmon and sour cream. A cheeky little number, served on a deep red plate that provided a great visual contrast to the vibrant dish. For mains, my date went for the haddock with Jersey Royal potatoes, poached eggs and mustard cream sauce, and was very impressed with the “just-right” balance of flavours. I had the bacon carbonara orzo pasta, which went down very nicely with a glass of deliciously light rosé.
The sun was streaming through the roof and the rosé was going down a little too well. I could have easily had more than I should have, but luckily we managed to consume just enough for a giggly afternoon (I hope I’m not too old to use the word “giggly”).
I love sharing desserts; why have one when you can have a bit of two? We were both happy to go halves on the cheeseboard and the chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream. The delicious, deeply flavoured fondant left me wanting another, which is a side of me best not exposed on a first date.
Three courses with a bottle of wine set us back £75. Just as a date should be: not too cheap and not worryingly overpriced. Bistro by Shot has a cracking wine list to help you ease away the nerves on a first date – and by the way, this is a great place for a first date. It’s fresh without pretensions, offers delicious, healthy food, and provides just the right amount of perkiness; you and your date will be grinning like Cheshire cats before you know it.
If the date goes so well that you want to start sorting out your future love nest, you’ll find a great French antique shop over the road. There’s a bang on-trend mirror in there that I’ve had my eye on for some time.