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New Chef takes over at Sonny's in Barnes

Sonny's needs no introduction if you live in SW London. More than just a neighbourhood restaurant, like Chez Bruce in Wandsworth, it is more of a destination restaurant which attracts diners from considerably further afield. With the congestion charge causing people to think twice about driving into central London, such out of centre establishments look set to benefit from these changes.

The good news is that one of Marcus Wareing and Gordon Ramsey's proteges is taking over  as head chef.  She is Helena Puolakka. After spells at L'Oranger ad Aubergine, she became Head Chef at Pierre Koffman's La Tante Claire in 2001/2, so she is no stranger to Michelin stars. But at Sonny's she intends to do her own thing, without the particular pressures of conforming to the somewhat narrow Michelin strictures. So she's come up with her own menu, which is based on a robust interpretation of the classic French repertoire with some modern twists.

Typical dishes might include: A salad of crispy pork belly with poached egg and cepes; Escabeche of Mackerel, warm beetroot salad and horseradish emulsion; Grilled halibut, crunchy onion tart and sweet potato cream; Roasted Barbary Duck, shitake and sweet corn relish and foie gras source; Ballotine of chicken, pancake of chickpeas, wild mushroom and tarragon sauce; Light orange mousse, citrus salad and nougatine biscuit.  Look out for the very interesting wine list starting with house wines from £10.95.

Prices: Starters: £4.50 - £8.50; Mains: £10.50 - £ 16.50; Puds: £5.00 - £6.50
Set Lunch 3 courses £16.00, Set dinner Monday - Thursday 3 courses £19.50

There's also a shop with a cafe menu ranging from £3.95 to £8.50 

Sonny's 94 Church Road, Barnes SW13 0DQ Tel: 020 8748 0393

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