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survey result

Summary

£88
 ££££
4
Very Good
3
Good
2
Average
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The cuisine’s always delicious, seasonal and inventive” at this smart venue in a sidestreet off Kensington High Street – a “top local” more akin to “West End quality” due to the input of stellar chef Phil Howard (of Elystan Street and formerly the Square), who is a part owner, alongside Rebecca Mascarenhas, who has a long history in running excellent establishments. Not everyone agrees about the low-key interior, though – what is “a little souless” to some folks, is, to others, “lovely”.

Summary

£72
  £££
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.

This under-the-radar venture, in a smart row of businesses off Kensington High Street, has supplied “unexpectedly delicious” meals to a well-heeled local crowd for 10 years – although the consistently high marks should be no surprise given that it’s part-owned by star chef Phil Howard (of Elystan Street and formerly The Square). Atmosphere-wise, it’s somewhere between “quietly sophisticated” and “Spartan”.

Summary

£72
  £££
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.

This under-the-radar venture, in a smart row of businesses off Kensington High Street, has supplied “unexpectedly delicious” meals to a well-heeled local crowd for 10 years – although the consistently high marks should be no surprise given that it’s part-owned by star chef Phil Howard (of Elystan Street and formerly The Square). Atmosphere-wise, it’s somewhere between “quietly sophisticated” and “Spartan”.

Summary

£72
  £££
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.

“An upmarket neighbourhood restaurant, in an upmarket part of town” – this “unpretentious” sidestreet fixture, just off High Street Ken’, has a deserved reputation for “always good and sometimes exceptional cuisine” aided by input from star chef Phil Howard (who has an interest in it). If there’s a weakness, it’s an ambience that fans find “lovely” but which critics feel is “a touch limp” – perhaps its August 2018 revamp will add va va voom. Top Tip: “the set lunch menu is great value”.

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Restaurant details

Highchair,Menu,Portions
14
No dress code
70

Kitchen W8 Restaurant Diner Reviews

Reviews of Kitchen W8 Restaurant in W8, London by users of Hardens.com. Also see the editors review of Kitchen W8 restaurant.
Jasmine G
BYO £25 a bottle...
Reviewed 8 days ago

"BYO £25 a bottle"

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Craig H
Food was not exceptional however the staff ...
Reviewed 2 months, 10 days ago

"Food was not exceptional however the staff and kitchen went over and above to fit in with some rather OTT dietary requirements "

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Tim Y
Much as the Hardens 2020 review: polished c...
Reviewed 4 months, 2 days ago

"Much as the Hardens 2020 review: polished cooking, attentive service, well-heeled crowd. Creative mix of ingredients. "

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Steven B
First visit for lunch, quiet. Food was exc...
Reviewed 4 months, 8 days ago

"First visit for lunch, quiet. Food was excellent. Good value lunch menu especially for Michelin starred restaurant. Delicious Rioja by the glass. Mussels starter had them out of the shell and in a sort of risotto. Duck was tender and had a number of pureed legates. Trout was also fresh and succulent if a little small sitting in a risotto . Deserts were superb and have the finish we like! "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Lunch £26.50 £29.50
SundayLunch   £42.50
  Cost Availability Courses
Menu1 87.00 Always available 6

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Pudding
£19.20 £30.50 £9.95
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £30.00
Filter Coffee £5.00
Extras  
Service 12.50%
11-13 Abingdon Road, London, W8 6AH
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Wednesday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Thursday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9:30 pm
Friday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12:30 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12:30 pm‑3 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm

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