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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 summer menu might include seared tuna with radish, prawn and coriander salad in a soy-sesame dressing as a starter and glazed navarin of lamb with sweetbreads, vegetables and gribiche or red mullet with a shrimp and bisque risotto 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.