Family-run restaurant Piate offers a delicious shared dining experience in a warm, welcoming atmosphere
The hospitality gene runs deep in the Hagisoteri family. Andreas, who recently opened Piate on King Street (opposite Tesco Express) in partnership with his father, is the grandson of (another) Andreas who owned the popular Kleftiko restaurant in Chiswick for many years. ’You could definitely say that I was born
into this business,’ he smiles. ‘I grew up in my grandparent’s kitchens, I was always in there tasting the food.’
Andreas is the Head Chef at Piate – most recently, he was a chef at the US Embassy – and he has a clear concept in mind for his first restaurant. ‘We are focusing on dining tapas-style, so all our dishes are designed for a minimum of two to share and, most importantly, they are excellent value,’ he explains. ‘I always describe my food as Mediterranean-influenced. It is high quality, unfussy, seasonal and we’re proud to use fresh, locally sourced ingredients.’
It takes some arm-twisting to persuade Andreas to recommend any signature dishes – he’s a modest man – but, in the end, I’m successful. ‘The calamari is worth trying – I cook it in a crispy batter with chilli and parsley, the lamb cutlets are alway good and I’ve had some nice feedback about the courgette and cauliflower fritters, which are made with a lovely honey and yoghurt dip. Also, if customers would like more vegetarian or gluten-free alternatives, if they contact me in advance I’ll create or adapt something for them.’
The menu is complemented by a varied wine list that combines well-known and less familiar labels. Stylishly designed, Piate is the perfect place to hold a party; clients can design a menu according to taste and budget and, from January, Andreas will be starting a daily lunch service.
Even though it has only been open for a month or so, Piate is already attracting an enthusiastic local clientele. Andreas has clearly inherited his family’s knack for friendly, attentive customer service and great-value fine dining.
300 King St, W6 0RR
300 King St, W6 0RR