From the street you’d be forgiven for thinking that The Fiddlers Restaurant is a Tudor coaching house; the building certainly looks the part, even if it is plonked somewhat randomly in a London suburb. Inside things are even more retro, the dining room would not look out of place in a David Lynch movie, but this somehow only adds to the fun. Off Harrow Weald on the High Road, The Fiddlers Restaurant is treading the difficult line between kitsch and cute with their Italian fare.
There’s so much about the Harrow Weald eatery that confounds. The place’s name, The Fiddler’s Restaurant, should shout that here is an output of The Emerald Isle, and really, the outside is so reminiscent of the kind of place your school would take you for Christmas dinner after panto. But these are red herrings. Once you’re seated (yep, red velvet chairs, you could hoover them if you wanted) these noisy elements fade. Instead you’re presented with a menu that is every inch devoted to the bel paese. The menu at Harrow Weald’s High Road’s The Fiddlers Restaurant is a diverse homage to all things Italy. There’ avocado con gamberetti (avocado, prawns in a cocktail sauce), bruschetta classica (chopped onions, tomatoes and olives on ciabatta bread) or salmone affumicato (smoked salmon) to start with. Follow that with an accomplished bowl of pasta, like penne gennaro (macaroni in a spicy tomato sauce), melanzane alla parmigiana (aubergines in a mozzarella and tomato sauce) or rigatoni amatriciana (wide macaroni with bacon, onions and tomato sauce) or go for a filling meat or fish plate instead. Whatever you go for, you’re assured of great Italian flavours in an atmosphere you won’t forget in a hurry.
We went for my 18th birthday meal. We were the only ones in there so service was fast. The food was great as well, however, the t-bone was slightly rare. If you're ordering the t-bone make sure you ask for at least a medium.
Having booked an early time it was quiet which was just what we wanted. The proprietor was friendly, welcoming and attentive. The food was very good.