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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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Caractère Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Caractère Restaurant in W11, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Caractère restaurant.
Lloyd S
If you were to ask me if travelling from es...
Reviewed 24 days ago

"If you were to ask me if travelling from essex to west london to visit Caractere is worth it my answer would be a resounding yes. I say this because saturday was the fourth time we’ve completed this journey. The reason for this is quite simple really because this restaurant is absolutely amazing and where the standards in food and service just keep rising to the next level each time we visit. This was even more evident on our latest visit and why Caractere has become one of our favourite restaurants to dine out in. So now let’s move on to saturday itself where once we arrived at notting hill we made our way down portobello road until we reached Westbourne Park road where you turn right and in a couple of minutes your at the restaurant. As we entered we were given a delightful welcome by manager Eugenio before he escorted us to our table. He then brought over two complimentary cocktails for us to try. One was a refreshing mocktail and the other was a bergamot martini that really packed a punch but was a delight. It was then time to meet assistant manager Antonella who also gave us a nice welcome back as then did other members of staff which really gives you a lovely feeling. We were then given the menu which is set out into six categories with apart from the cheese has two courses in each. You can choose between a Lunch Menu , A la Carte or like we have always done go for the adventurous Tasting Menu. The next thing was to choose a bottle of wine to which I was quite proud of myself as we’ve recently had a wine tasting session to gain more knowledge of wine and in particular french. So with this and a little help from Eugenio we chose a fabulous Crozes-Hermitage Sybele 2018 from the northern Rhône valley that as it turned out was a delightful pairing with the entire menu. Before the arrival of our first course we actually met Emily Roux for the first time and she really is a lovely lady and was an absolute pleasure to talk to throughout our entire lunch. It was also nice to see her joining the team by bringing out the food to each table. Now let’s move on to the food itself. The first category is called CURIOUS and here we started with a Crab Tartelette with sturgeon bottarga and wasabi condiment that was absolutely delicious and just a dream beginning. My wife chose the other dish which was an Aubergine Ravioli with sicilian red prawns , samphire and a bisque. You could clearly see by the delight on her face how good this dish was. We now moved onto SUBTLE and what was to follow was absolute heaven. I allowed my wife to have the signature Celeriac ‘Cacio e Pepe’ with aged balsamic vinegar. This allowed myself to enjoy a truly outstanding dish of Acquerello Risotto with parsley , gorgonzola , piment d’espelette and breadcrumbs that personally will go down as probably the best risotto I’ve had the pleasure of eating. It was creamy , cheesy and with the addition of breadcrumbs sent your palate into orbit. Now we moved onto the fish category called DELICATE and here we got to enjoy two more fabulous dishes. My wife opted for the Roast Turbot on the bone with crispy potato , foraged leaves and seaweed condiment. For myself I had the Steamed Cornish Cod with petit pois , cauliflower and creamed chicken jus. These dishes were an absolute delight and lightened your palate after the previous course. Now it was time for the main course ROBUST and where these dishes did that title proud. The roast dry aged Creedy Carver Duck with glazed and stuffed artichoke , red wine jus and the addition of a Duck Sandwich. This was a dish that my wife described as the best duck dish she’d ever tasted. I was left with the pleasure of enjoying the latest version of the Herdwick Lamb. The roast saddle with sweetbreads , courgette , sultanas and crispy shallots was definitely the best version of the lamb dish they’ve created to date. Next to follow was the STRONG category or cheese course. This was a fabulous selection of french cheeses with homemade seed crackers , apple and prune chutney. We’ve now reached the finale GREEDY. This is the dessert section where we finished with their version of the Rum Baba with english raspberries. I had the delight of enjoying the Coffee Tartelette with almond praline , “caffe borghetti” liqueur and chantilly a fabulous take on a tiramisu. We finished with a coffee and petit fours to bring to an end an absolutely fabulous dining experience. This restaurant is really going from strength to strength where the quality of the food just keeps improving with every visit. This is matched by friendly and professional service where each member of staff really does make you feel so very welcome. Now I don’t need to say this but yes I really would highly recommend a visit as I promise you that you will not be disappointed. Thank You Emily , Diego , Eugenio & Antonella for a truly fabulous lunch and look forward to seeing you all again soon. "

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Jin L
Excellent cooking, should be well on way to...
Reviewed 25 days ago

"Excellent cooking, should be well on way to Michelin stardom. Exquisite crab tartlet, beautifully constructed, generous amount of crab and delicate pastry case. Duck 3 ways - the duck toast and stuffed artichoke hearts were the stars. Wonderfully light rum baba. The cheese- selection of 5 - is as good as it gets from La Fromagerie. Friendly service. "

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Vaughan L
Excellent overall, good vegan options...
Reviewed 1 months, 25 days ago

"Excellent overall, good vegan options"

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Duncan G
Everything was excellent. Can’t believe I...
Reviewed 1 months, 30 days ago

"Everything was excellent. Can’t believe I’d lived so close and never been. Will definitely go back, mainly for special occasions as it’s quite pricey"

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Lloyd S
This was simply another fantastic visit to ...
Reviewed 9 months, 3 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

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £58.00
Lunch   £39.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 80.00 Always available 5
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £55.00
Filter Coffee £4.50
209 Westbourne Park Road, London, W11 1EA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:45 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:45 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:45 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:45 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9:45 pm
SundayCLOSED

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