I WAS looking forward to Sam's not only because I had heard great things about it, but also because brasseries are my favourite flavour of restaurant.
In definition they are informal, bustling eateries where the food is typically simple, and focused around a good quality piece of meat or seafood.
Sam's did not disappoint.
Tucked down a pretty passage just off Chiswick High Road, it proved a warm and inviting enclave despite its warehouse heritage, and although we had a very early booking time of 7pm the atmosphere was already starting to heat up.
Looking at the menu I could immediately see there would be problems.
Too many dishes sounded deliciously tempting and decisiveness is not in my nature, nor is it with my date, a rather rangy New Zealander.
In the end surely sick of being questioned about the details of each dish, but never showing it, our waitress kindly offered to bring us three starters so we didn't miss out on anything.
I voted for the mussels in a saffron cream sauce, which although shunned by The Kiwi, as apparently mussels in NZ are the size of bread bins and nothing in London can compare, he ended up scoffing half of them.
We shared the salt and pepper deep fried squid, and although not normally a favourite of mine were delicious, perfectly tender and with a zesty spicy dip.
The Kiwi also had the Terrine, claiming it was the best he had ever tasted.
For main course, I went with an old classic, Rib-Eye steak and chips.
As a big fan of slabs of cow I wasn't disappointed, the meat was perfectly cooked, the chips fluffy and crisp and most importantly they weren't stingy with the peppercorn sauce.
We were informed by our waitress that The Kiwi's choice of Crisp Sea Bass with Spaghetti Nero, Broccoli, Chilli and Garlic Oil , was a favourite and that was no surprise.
The fish was firm, yet with a melt in your mouth texture and the squid ink flavoured spaghetti added an unusual twist.
Pushing through the 'food baby' barrier we opted for a cheese board and the Bitter Chocolate and Pistachio Tart with White Chocolate Ice Cream.
My tart was extremely rich and I didn't manage more than a few mouthfuls but would have happily ate another bowl of the delicious white chocolate ice cream.
Starters range from £5 to £8 and mains between £10 and £17.