Just a stone’s throw from Kew Gardens and next to the picturesque Kew Green, Linnea is in the picture-perfect location.
Nestled between an eclectic handful of desirable public houses, the restaurant offers diners a chance to relax in a hedonistic setting.
The fact the fine eatery is seconds from Antony Worrall Thompson’s Kew Grill need not worry owner Jonas, who is also the chef, but perhaps should work in his favour.
The intimate and classy Linnea shares its name with the national flower of Sweden as well as Jonas’s grandmother.
For prospective customers trying the restaurant for the first time, there is no doubt it will impress.
Not only is the service impeccable, but Jonas’s skills in the kitchen, along with the pristine presentation and manner of waiter Jan, means guests will surely want to return.
The fresh selection of breads from the basket offers diners a choice before the menus have even been looked at and the walnut and raisin slice is a fruity and nutty blend of wholemeal bread brilliance.
The menu boasts an extravagant selection of extraordinary dishes, each thought-out and created with love and the freshest ingredients.
To start, the scallops, hand-picked from Ray Bay, are accompanied by a delicate carrot puree with a cucumber and coriander salad, while the watercress soup with sour cream strikes a perfect balance between elegance and hearty good-for-you food.
Portion-wise, the plates are presented with aesthetics in mind and, when the main courses of Deadham Vale beef fillet, crispy bone marrow and Bordalaise sauce, along with the roasted lemon sole, glazed vegetables and citrus butter sauce arrive on the table, it is like a work of art - both visually and in terms of taste.
The balance of flavours is so perfect it is clear Jonas is a chef with a scientist’s brain.
Afterwards the homemade ice creams with crumbled shortbread offer a delightful ending to a sensational meal.
Jan, our server, whose knowledge of the menu and wine list is refreshing and accommodating, brings some homemade chocolate truffles, which are melt-in-the-mouth-William-Curley-eat-your-heart-out divine.
For a plush evening out, with food and service that will have you talking about it for weeks after your visit, Linnea is surely top of the list for restaurant goers and lovers of all things tasty.