survey result

Summary

£139
£££££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Run by Michel Roux’s daughter” Emily and her husband Diego Ferrari (former head chef of Le Gavroche), this Notting Hill five-year-old “gives us the best of two culinary worlds: French and Italian”. The “precise, thoughtful and delicious dishes (celeriac, crab, turbot, veal)…” are “real high-end comfort food” and the “dining room is cool and buzzy without being overly formal”. “Both wine list and cheeseboard are on the conservative side, but none the worse for that”; and “the Italian sommelier has an encyclopaedic knowledge of Italian wines and will always steer us to something new and unusual”. Some reports note a “post-Covid blip amidst staff changes”, and a slip in ratings generally backs up those who feel the experience is “not bad, and better than average, but not quite the quality it was previously”. Top Tip – “lunch is particularly good value”.

Summary

£111
£££££
4
Very Good
5
Exceptional
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Bringing the expertise and professionalism of Le Gavroche to a more local setting” – Emily Roux (daughter of Michel) and her husband Diego Ferrari’s (former head chef at Le Gavroche) Notting Hill four-year-old has become one of London’s more notable destinations. It’s “an excellent combination of gastronomic dining in a relaxed and civilised interior with just the right balance of buzziness” that provides “understated luxury, but without an eye-watering price tag”. The French/Italian menu “changes regularly to show off seasonal ingredients”“slightly quirkily presented” and with “thoroughly enjoyable” results. And the experience is buoyed by “excellent attention to detail from arrival to departure” from its “skilled and friendly” staff. Top Tip – “divine” lunch menu, which is “brilliant value”.

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’”.

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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.
Peter S
Quite the best restaurant that I've visited...
Reviewed 5 months, 11 days ago

"Quite the best restaurant that I've visited in the UK over the last 18 months. Very imaginative, albeit short, menu with choices of each course developed along particular themes. Whichever theme you choose, your choice is supplemented by 3 very generous and highly imaginative amuse-bouches at the start (savoury), and then another 3 (sweet) at the end. Given the quality, the menu is one of the best value in London although, like everywhere else, finding a reasonably priced wine is challenging, but not impossible"

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Jane J
Since Covid the footfall at Caractere has d...
Reviewed 7 months, 19 days ago

"Since Covid the footfall at Caractere has decreased which is a shame given the quality of the food. Each dish is truly a work or art and a delicious combination of flavours. Staffing problems post Covid have now been resolved with attentive and knowledgeable staff. This restaurant deserves a Michelin star and it is amazing it hasn’t got one already."

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Jeremy B
Almost empty evening service (8 covers). No...
Reviewed 8 months, 19 days ago

"Almost empty evening service (8 covers). Now quite expensive. I hope it finds a way forwards as it used to be a busy, well run restaurant ."

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always   £87.00
Lunch   £60.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 115.00 Always available 6
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £60.00
Filter Coffee £5.50
Extras  
Service 13.50%
209 Westbourne Park Road, London, W11 1EA
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday6:15 pm‑9 pm
Wednesday6:15 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑1:45 pm, 6:15 pm‑9 pm
SundayCLOSED

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