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Summary

£86
 ££££
4
Very Good
4
Very Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The food is the centrepiece” at Emily Roux (daughter of Michel) and her husband Diego Ferrari’s (former head chef of Le Gavroche) “gem tucked away in Notting Hill”, which has established a strong foodie following. “The French/Italian theme to the cooking works well”, delivering “strong flavours with a light touch” from “an interesting menu whose dishes are a little out of the ordinary”. Service is “fabulous and personal” too, which helps make for “a very special meal out” in this comfortable, “cosy” space. “Surely it’s getting a star some time soon?”

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.
Helen R
Been meaning to try this place for the long...
Reviewed 1 months, 22 days ago

"Been meaning to try this place for the longest time, and finally we made it! I am surprised that Caractere has not received a Michelin star yet, I have certainly been to much lesser establishments in the capital with one! Service is relaxed and friendly whilst knowledgable. Food was well presented & well prepared. Loved the bread, and of course the other extras canapés & petit fours! Lovely crockery, glassware and the salon decor is much warmer than it appears in the photos. Lunch deal is very good value, and it is no surprise that they are busy. I will definitely go back for lunch and would be happy to recommend it to others."

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Jin L
Wonderful bon bouche- amazing truffle tartl...
Reviewed 6 months, 22 days ago

"Wonderful bon bouche- amazing truffle tartlets with crisp delicate pastry shells. Pigeon a bit gummy and octopus a bit salty. But still very good and excellent value for lunch."

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Zvi H
dined with a friend, both took the soft lun...
Reviewed 7 months, 21 days ago

"dined with a friend, both took the soft lunch offer @ £50 for 3 courses + half bottle of wine. Food, service and ambiance were at Micheline star restaurant. The Grilled squab pigeon was cooked and presented perfectly, but not enough sauce. The Aubergine ravioli was not hot enough. Tables are booked for 2 hours - not enough for dinner! "

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Valerie P
Terrific food, elaborate and imaginative. ...
Reviewed 8 months, 26 days ago

"Terrific food, elaborate and imaginative. Portions sizes pleasingly modest. Good house wine. Menu layout is tricky to get your head round. Set meals only. Risotto starter is memorable."

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Lloyd S
If you were to ask me if travelling from es...
Reviewed 10 months, 12 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 10 months, 13 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 11 months, 13 days ago

"Excellent overall, good vegan options"

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Duncan G
Everything was excellent. Can’t believe I...
Reviewed 11 months, 18 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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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
Monday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
Tuesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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