survey result

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’”.

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.
Jin L
This is our third visit- it was excellent p...
Reviewed 5 months, 29 days ago

"This is our third visit- it was excellent pre-pandemic and seems to be struggling. It’s certainly not bad and better then average but not quite the quality it was previously. The beef while tasty was chewy, tough and gristly. The rum baba was previously served with a few raspberries to lift the sweetness, which surely would cost no more than 20p extra. Disappointing."

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Martin B
Precise, thoughtful and delicious dishes (c...
Reviewed 8 months, 8 days ago

"Precise, thoughtful and delicious dishes (celeriac, crab, turbot and veal). Wine list and cheese board both conservative but none the worse for that. Service smiling and attentive. A lovely evening out. Go."

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David F
The food was very good and the design of th...
Reviewed 8 months, 30 days ago

"The food was very good and the design of the tasting menu was imaginative and quite effective, but the way that the wine flight was organised was bizarre and it didn’t work. Rather than choosing which of the 2 dishes we wanted at each stage in the menu, we were given one each and a different accompanying wine. We were then expected to swap both food and wine so that we would sample the whole menu."

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Helen R
Been meaning to try this place for the long...
Reviewed 10 months, 5 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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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Dinner   £78.00
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 105.00 Always available 6

Traditional European menu

Pudding
£0.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 13.00%
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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