Airy and elegantly designed 2 Michelin starred restaurant by Brett Graham in opulent surroundings of Notting Hill neighbourhood - some of the best breads on record
Editor's note: closed June 2020 owing to the impact of COVID-19
This was an entirely different affair on this visit celebrating my Birthday with the entire tasting menu for lunch. Once again the bacon and onion bread was a treat to have (although somehow not as good as the first time experienced – perhaps that is always the way holding so much expectation on second visit) and some of the different dishes experienced were marvellous. I had a genuine fireworks moment with the simple salad that used sugar and cherry vinegar to accompany the vegetables and creamed goat cheese and will almost go so far as to say was one of the nicest food moments I have ever had.
Other bombshells were the mackerel tartare, the cod with creamed sauce and pork sensation. Every element of this menu put a huge smile on my face from one end to the other and the icing on the cake was going down to the kitchen afterwards and meeting the Australian head chef showing us the roe deer he had gained from the recent hunt which he had served us and speaking about all his produce. This was an absolute belter – light, exciting, pitched well, delicious and joyful to have. I walked away knowing that I would remember this one for many years to come and was a gem to have. The only downer in general is its somewhat out of the way location so taxis at the ready for here, however once you go, you will not be disappointed for virtually any occasion.
Food Grade: 90%
This is a delightful option within the 2 Michelin starred family, set in the alluring Edwardian, white-terraced neighbourhood of Nottinghill. The restaurant has been designed to allow as much light in as possible with large, windows all around and in the Summer, this is a wonderful place to visit for its unstuffy and stylish feel. The staff certainly knew their products on this visit as one would expect for a 2 Michelin starred venue and the set menu lunch on this occasion had very pleasing extras (carrot merengue amuse bouche and classic French petit fors). The food was highly stylish on this opening occasion with smoked wild boar as something different and the onion and bacon bread was amongst the best bread I have ever tasted. A little difficult to assess the restaurant in full with only the set menu experienced however, one can tell it is entirely stylish as much in its décor as it is in the presentation of the food which has great care put in to it. The only down side was that it fell in to the very pleasing but non-explosive bracket on this occasion in terms of the overall dishes.
Food Grade: 82%
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