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The Glasshouse Restaurant Review: The Glasshouse is the kind of successful local restaurant that makes you wonder why anybody ventures into central London for a good meal. You’ll find it at Kew’s Victorian railway station so even those who live far away find it accessible. The Glasshouse impresses right from the start with its modern, glass-fronted room, wooden floors and crisp white linen. This you realize is a smart, self-confident joint where you can just sit back and enjoy the experience. The mainly French influenced menu has touches from Spain and Italy, and is seasonally led. A winter menu might include spiced duck breast with caramelized endive, quince purée and chestnut raviolo as a starter, and fallow deer with roasted salsify, braised rainbow chard, cranberries and grand veneur sauce to follow. Pressure from the regulars keeps favorites like foie gras and chicken liver with lentils on the daily changing menu. This is cooking that never seems to put a foot wrong and always comes to the table looking beautiful. The wine list is very good indeed. It’s international, with a nice selection of Burgundies, plus some bargains and there’s a fine selection of wines by the glass.