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Summary

£83
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Absolutely the best new restaurant in the past year or so” – the Roux dynasty have come up trumps with this “great newbie in the Notting Hill ’hood”, on the site of Bumpkin (RIP). It’s the brainchild of Michel Roux’s daughter Emily Roux and her husband Diego Ferrari (former head chef at Le Gavroche). “Just around the corner from The Ledbury, but half the price and less formal” – it provides a “fabulous all-round experience”, founded on “outstanding” and “creative” cooking “born out of two great cuisines: French and Italian”. (However, “the unusual menu layout does take a moment to puzzle out”, with headings like Curious, Subtle and Greedy). “Impeccable service” and the “very comfortable” space, decorated with “quirky touches” complete the experience. Top Tip – “don’t miss the celeriac ‘cacio e pepe’”.

Summary

£83
 ££££
5
Exceptional
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Absolutely the best new restaurant in the past year or so” – the Roux dynasty have come up trumps with this “great newbie in the Notting Hill ’hood”, on the site of Bumpkin (RIP). It’s the brainchild of Michel Roux’s daughter Emily Roux and her husband Diego Ferrari (former head chef at Le Gavroche). “Just around the corner from The Ledbury, but half the price and less formal” – it provides a “fabulous all-round experience”, founded on “outstanding” and “creative” cooking “born out of two great cuisines: French and Italian”. (However, “the unusual menu layout does take a moment to puzzle out”, with headings like Curious, Subtle and Greedy). “Impeccable service” and the “very comfortable” space, decorated with “quirky touches” complete the experience. Top Tip – “don’t miss the celeriac ‘cacio e pepe’”.

Summary

The Notting Hill site that was formerly Bumpkin (RIP) has had a change of fortune: Emily Roux (yes, daughter of Michel) and her husband Diego Ferrari (currently head chef at Le Gavroche) have taken it over with a view to creating this October 2018 newcomer with its own, er, character (geddit!). A blend of French and Italian cuisines is promised, but the style is to be simple and seasonal rather than ‘fayne dayning’.

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Reviews of Caractère Restaurant in W11, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Caractère restaurant.
Lloyd S
This was simply another fantastic visit to ...
Reviewed 5 months, 11 days ago

"This was simply another fantastic visit to Caractere and where we felt on this occasion the quality of the food and service had risen to the next level. This time we took the short five minute walk from Westbourne Park train station to where we then arrived at the restaurant. Once inside and out of the rain we were given a delightful welcome from Beatrice and Romeo before being escorted to our table. Once seated we then got a little surprise as assistant manager Antonella had come in a bit earlier especially to see us. As we got comfortable we were treated to a complimentary glass of rose champagne to welcome us back which was a really nice touch. We were then given the menu where you had the choice of the Lunch Menu or our choice of the Tasting Menu that has two dishes in each section. During browsing at the menu we were given a fabulous little amuse bouche of a Mushroom & Parsley Tart along with the breadsticks. Then before the first course we had our first basket do sourdough bread and butter. Before moving on to the the food it was time to choose a bottle of wine to pair with the menu. The recommendation from sommelier Romeo was an absolute delight. The Paolo Scavino Sorriso 2018 with it's pale yellow colour and bursting with flavours of sage , flowers & citrus fruits that was also very soft on the palate. This was a perfect pairing and also I felt was great value for money. CURIOUS So now we begin with the first course and wow because these two dishes absolute amazing. The Ricotta & Wakame stuffed cannellone with prawn , moscardini & bisque in the opinion of my wife was delicious. My choice of the Buckwheat & Cepe Tartelette with kabocha pumpkin & veal sweetbread was delightfully rich and a flavour sensation. SUBTLE The standard of the food didn't drop with our next course as the Acquerello Risotto with trompette mushroom purée , fontina & marinated beetroot was beautiful. I had the pleasure this time of enjoying the amazing Celeriac Cacio e Pepe with extra aged balsamic vinegar. This is a dish where you only need to say one thing and that is it's stunning. DELICATE We now moved on to the fish section where the choice was either the roast skate wing or the monkfish. After a chat with Antonella who said that the monkfish was here favourite dish on the menu we both decided that this would be our choice. I have to say how right she was as the Roasted Monkfish with fondant potato , grilled cabbage , herring roe & miso butter sauce was absolutely delicious. ROBUST If the flavours of the previous dishes wasn't enough they were about to intensify with what was to follow. The Roast saddle & pulled shank of Herdwick Lamb with salsify & gremolata was amazing. The Grilled Pigeon with glazed turnips , liver farce , Laredo do colonnata , figs & jus is a dish I'll remember for a long time and personally was the best pigeon dish I've ever eaten so definitely massive compliments to the chefs. STRONG Now it was time for some cheese which was done differently this time as you were given a selection of four cheeses a goats , cornish yarg , tallegio & mild blue cheese along with the baby leaf salad , seed crackers & onion chutney. GREEDY Yes you've guessed correctly it's time to finish with desserts and two absolute delights they were as well. The Molten chocolate tart with pecan praline , salted caramel & mascarpone ice cream is such a rich but heavenly dessert. The Blackberry Mille Feuille with diplomat cream & milk ice cream was just outstanding and one of the best desserts I've enjoyed this year. The mille feuille was paired with a fabulous sweet wine chosen perfectly by Romeo. The Coteaux du Layon was simply bursting with flavours of honey , quince & candied yellow fruits and was a great accompaniment to the dessert. We finished with tea , coffee & petit fours to bring to an end a truly memorable lunch. As I said at the beginning the quality of the food really has been taken to the next level. This along with the excellent service and fabulous wine means your not going to be surprised when I say that I would highly recommend a visit. Just before we left it was nice of chef/owner Diego to come and say hello and thank us for coming. To be honest I literally can't wait to return as this restaurant is definitely one of my favourites. I would like to thank Antonella & Beatrice for looking after us , to Romeo for the excellent wines & and of course to Diego and his team for the amazing food. All the best and look forward to seeing you all again soon. #SupportHospitality"

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Prices

  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 78.00 Always Available 6

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£13.00 £25.00 £11.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £42.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
Extras  
Bread £0.00
Service 12.00%
209 Westbourne Park Road, London, W11 1EA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:30 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:30 pm
SundayCLOSED

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