Fine dining for everyone
PUBLISHED: 17:08 13 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:08 13 February 2017
An elegant venue with an eclectic menu
Touch of Noir is bringing fine dining with a difference to Chingford, with a focus on high- quality food for sharing.
Head chef, Rob Laverack, explains, ‘It’s a tapas concept, without the tapas, fine finger food. We’re serving a la carte dishes to be shared with family and friends in a warm, relaxed environment.’
This elegant, bright and airy restaurant with its quirky light bulbs and giant mirrors lends itself to lingering meals and already, just over a month after opening, Touch of Noir has established a number of signature dishes from its extensive menu.
Favourites include the king prawns with black garlic puree in muscle cream sauce with a fragrance of lemongrass and warm salad to the grilled lamb rack with pea puree and mint butter.
There’s also a trio of burgers, topped with smoked bbq sauce and bacon, leeks and cheese and an avocado salsa. Rob says, ‘Our burgers and our bread, like everything else, are freshly made, in-house.’
Just last month Touch of Noir began offering lunch with dishes ranging from muscles and fries to veal escalope and, whatever the time of day, Rob is clear that the focus is on ensuring a very special dining experience for every customer.
He explains, ‘For me it’s about achieving that balance of each and every meal looking fantastic and tasting amazing.’
That relationship between customer and chef is also important to Rob and, with an open kitchen, Touch of Noir customers can watch he, and his team, create.
Rob says, ‘The age of the shouty, unapproachable chef is well and truly over. I want people to see us work and to come and chat with us.’
Having spent six years as a pastry chef at some of London’s most top restaurants, Rob remains incredibly passionate about desserts. ‘It’s the crescendo of the meal,’ he says. ‘A fantastic dessert can really make a customer’s night and it’s always good to end the meal on a high.’
Touch of Noir offers a dessert platter, five mini puddings for £14, including a Glenfiddich chocolate tart, a blackberry and Grand Marnier granita and an almond crème brulee with, again, that focus on sharing.
Looking ahead to Valentine’s Day Rob is expecting to be busy. He says, ‘Our ethos is perfect for an intimate evening for two. What could be more romantic than sharing food together and a few cocktails?
‘The drinks here are just as special as the food and the cocktail menu contains a lot of theatre, we have one which is a tower of glasses that are set ablaze, it’s absolutely stunning to see.’
Above all, Rob believes that fine dining should be available to everyone. He says, ‘We want to make that experience affordable. Our menu is vast, so we’ve something for everyone, and we want each customer to leave feeling they’ve had a stunning meal in a relaxing venue and had good value for money.
‘Being part of the Touch of Noir team has helped me rediscover my love of cooking, and I hope that’s reflected in every single dish we serve.’
Touch of Noir
170 Station Road Chingford,
020 8529 9200