Sometimes memories are best left as images from the past. I remember many a hilarious night (early morning) spent at Vingt-Quatre, 325 Fulham Road. The legendary 24-hour diner was a perfect option when going home just didn’t seem fair. Screams of delight as we bumped into familiar faces and a non-negotiable buzz for all who were desperately seeking a midnight feast.
However, fast-forward too many years and, it is without the beer goggles that, I was asked to review VQ (renamed following a full refurb) as it hopes ‘to attract more than just the late-nighters’ in its latest guise.
I picked out my guest perfectly. Until recently, she has been a late night/late morning party girl and has only been halted by nipperdom.
To be fair, at 8pm on a Monday night we shouldn’t have expected a full house. But it was very empty and, in fact, rather soulless. The interior could have been so much more interesting and the menu a little less diverse to make it all the more appealing. Opting for the chicken milanese with tomato and rocket salad (£11.50) and 8oz sirloin steak with fries (£17.95), we were somewhat underwhelmed. However, the apple crumble and custard (£5.95) we shared was a great comfort-food option and our smartie treat (a signature of the café) with our bill, was the absolute highlight of our meal.
There’s no doubt that VQ will always be an ideal hangout for those looking to party into the wee hours. The waitress told us that there is usually a queue down the road past 11pm. But, would I choose to have a mid-week dinner there? Not without my beer googles.
Vingt Quatre 325 Fulham Rd, SW10