"the decor could do with a makeover, informal was verging towards shabby, but it still offers honest bistro type food at a very fair price."
"When you go to an Indian restaurant and it is full of diners from the sub-continent you can rest assured that the food is authentic. If there is a Mayfair gloss in terms of the setting and service, so much the better. It took a little while to become accustomed to the downstairs room, but the bright, intelligent service soon helped to settle us. The Taste of Tamarind menu was full of good things, beginning with very good poppadums and three chutneys, red fruit and mango, date and fig and tomato and onion seed, followed up by spinach tikki with red fruit sauce, and then a starter of channa chaat with delightful spicy chick peas, tamarind sauce, gram flour, fresh coriander, raw onion, mint and chilli and some very welcome and refreshing yoghurt. The smashed tomato and onion seed sauce with the super scallops seemed to have a sour touch at first but it made an excellent match and was backed up well with smoked peppers. The delicious tandoor-grilled chicken breast was served with a vegetable tikki with crispy gram flour coating and a tomato sauce with fenugreek which had a real kick on the tip the tongue but it all went down a treat, and was followed by a very interesting tamarind and sensational date sorbet dish as palate cleanser. Generous lamb chops were served with a rogan josh sauce, saffron rice, spiced spinach, cucumber yoghurt and raita, a special creamy dal makhni, touches of coriander and cumin and very good naan bread. A beautiful dish, intelligently conceived and executed to show off the full range of flavours. The dessert came very close to equalling the main dish with red fruit jam dobs which harmonised exceedingly well with the carrot fudge cake, as did the essence of pistachio in the kulfi. A further bonus was provided by the petits fours of fresh mint leaf in white chocolate and chocolate orange zest, and to complete the pleasurable experience the chef came out to chat about the variety of dishes on the menu and his vision for the future of this first-class venue. This is definitely one to return to."
"For the price the food is excellent, the service is good, but the restaurants are too noisy for my liking."
"Very good value Italian."
"Good food, decent wine. The Mongoose lager was disappointing. Crowded, and busy on a Friday night. The service time was average, but the waiter was unfamiliar with some of the choices."
"We arrived in pouring rain, just as the restaurant opened. Perhaps the weather tipped the staff customer ration in our favour; service was attentive and courteous. A minor mistake was quickly fixed. The food was good, with some very good starters. The ambience has an historic feel - even in the newest parts of the building. Dogs are welcome in limited sections of the restaurant."
"Very good seafood served in a rustic manner. Not cheap. Bench seating in a crowded wooden hut. On a cold day, it is warm and cosy inside. Dogs welcome. It is fully booked through most of the Summer season. A stone's throw from the beach (which is called Milton Sands at one end, and Thurlestone Sands at the other). There are carparks at each end, with a footpath between the two (6 minutes walk); by car the distance is 3.5 miles! [Note for Editor - This is in Devon]"
"We had the set menu available from 6-7pm and it was a very reasonable £35. The dim sum and honeyed bass and dessert were delicious and we found the wait staff very attentive, and not snooty as mentioned by others but maybe that was the early seating?"
"Really nice food, good service and reasonably priced lunch menu but the restaurant is very cramped, you are literally rubbing shoulders with the guest at the table next to yours."
"Small mistakes with starters corrected easily and with grace. Attentive and not overbearing staff. Recommend"
Dinner with wine and service: £35
“A far remove from the usual Tex Mex” – this “always buzzing” Notting Hill cantina offers an “interesting” menu majoring in tacos, “admirably complemented” by some “excellent” tequila-based cocktails.
The Rum Kitchen W11
Dinner with wine and service: £28
Bringing Caribbean beach shack food and cocktails to Notting Hill, this 200-seater restaurant makes a great Carnival pitstop. It's open until 12.30 am on Sundays but closed Mondays.
Gail's Bread W11
Lunch with drinks and service: £27
“For a pastry and to rest your feet”, these “buzzy and friendly” cafés make an excellent standby. On bank hols they stay open an hour later until 8 pm.
Dinner with wine and service: £25
There's no menu or ordering involved at this casual tapas hangout, you simply wander up to the bar and choose the pintxos (snacks served on skewers or pieces of crusty bread) you like the look of. Open every day.
Eat Tokyo W8
Dinner with wine and service: £23
“Spankingly fresh sushi” at “very reasonable prices” wins a major thumbs-up for these busy Japanese outfits; service is “prompt”… but “more focussed on getting the job done than wooing customers!”
The Cow W2
6 oysters and a pint of Guinness: £14
“Fresh-as-you-like seafood, among the west London glitterati” – Tom Conran’s cramped but “friendly” Oirish boozer, on the Bayswater/Notting Hill border, “is a great pub in its own right”, but its Guinness and oysters “make it a pearl!”. They're also hosting a Carnival party.
The Oak W2
“Incredible thin and crispy pizza” – especially at the “really buzzing” Bayswater original – helps make these “airy” and “fun” west London pub-conversions perennially popular hangouts; in W2, there’s a “vibey” bar upstairs too.
Lucky Seven Diner W2
Burger and a shake: £10
“Back to the USA in the ’50s” – Tom Conran’s authentic-looking diner, on the fringe of Notting Hill, is a top spot for burger and shakes; “you really do feel like you’re back in America”.
Boom Burger W10
Among the vintage furniture and jewellery stores on Portobello Road sits a little taste of Jamaica. Boom Burger turns out patties and buns with an island twist. Try their Jerk Boom (Jerk chicken, with fried plantain, rocket, mango and pawpaw sauce). Closed Mondays.
Notting Hill Chippy @ Kensington Place W8
Fish & chips: £9
Until 24 September D&D London's Kensington Place will host this seafood-focused pop-up offering a twist on traditional chip shop faves. Try their fish and chips in curry spiced batter, mango chutney and lentil dahl. Walk-ins only. Closed Mondays.
Lowry & Baker W10
Brunch dishes: £8.50
The Notting Hill set loves this little independent coffee shop and brunch spot – so much so that you may find it almost impossible to get a table this weekend!
Snack and coffee: £8
“Great coffee, and perhaps the best pastries in London!” win ongoing acclaim for this “stalwart” Portuguese café in North Kensington; it’s “always busy”.
George's Fish Bar W10
Fish & chips: £6
We haven't had much feedback on this Portobello Road chippy but locals (and Jamie Oliver) seem to love it.
Falafel King W10
Falafel, pitta and houmous: £6
Also on Portobello Road is this ever-popular purveyor of tasty falafel wraps, great for a quick lunch or food on the go.
Hummingbird Bakery W11
Cupcakes from: £2.50
For a sweet treat after your burger or falafel just mosey down Portobello Road to this bustling little bakery where you'll find a dizzying array of cakes, tray bakes and pies.
We would have liked to include Bone Tea W11 – a pop-up broth (or stock if you prefer) bar serving a variety of different meat and veggie broths, as well as chicken wings and savoury buns – but they are closed this bank holiday weekend.
Farm Girl W11
Breakfast plates: £6-10
Keeping up London's 2015 trend for health food-focused cafés is this new Antipodean joint just north of Portobello Market. Go for breakfast/brunch on their (hopefully) sunny terrace before the carnival frivolity begins. Closed Monday.
Egg Break W8
Plates range from £4-9
A joint project between Soho House and Ennismore (owners of The Hoxton hotel) with – as the name might suggest – a focus on eggs. Closed Monday.
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