Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Kensington And Chelsea
Hardens guides have spent 25 years compiling reviews of the best Kensington And Chelsea restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 45 restaurants in Kensington And Chelsea and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Kensington And Chelsea restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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Mediterranean restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
209 Westbourne Park Road - W11
“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’”.
. Core by Clare Smyth
British, Modern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
92 Kensington Park Rd - W11
“The third Michelin star must be on its way” say fans of Clare Smyth’s “world class” one-year-old, which – after its “brilliant start” – is much “better than Restaurant Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road” (her former gig); and was the most-nominated restaurant in the survey this year for providing London’s top gastronomic experience. Occupying the Notting Hill venue that some still recall as Leith’s (long RIP), she has created a “smart-but-unintimidating” space, where “superb, friendly, and unpompous staff” steer a course between “slight informality” (no tablecloths) and being “highly professional”. And “Clare and head chef Johnnie always make time to say hello”. “So much original thought has gone in” to the “masterfully-blended dishes, showing occasional idiosyncratic touches” to create “precise, exquisite morsels that look like art on a plate and taste fabulous (if at a high price tag)”. “Words aren’t enough to describe the journey your taste buds go on!”. “Unfortunately, however, it has become almost impossible to book”. Top Menu Tip – “I never thought a potato could taste that good!”
Scottish restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
31 Kensington Park Road - W11
As “a welcome arrival in the area”, Jackson Boxer’s “friendly and unpretentious” new venture (which oldies will think of as opposite the long-RIP 192) commands a lot of support from Notting Hill locals, and it’s drawing a “fun crowd”, including a few famous faces. The cuisine focuses on the Hebridean islands where Boxer spent childhood summers: to fans, results are “superb”, but one or two reporters feel “good ingredients are fussily assembled” to create dishes that are merely “good but not amazing”.
. The Sea, The Sea
Fish & seafood restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
174 Pavilion Road - SW3
“Fish shop by day and seafood restaurant by night”, this “cutely-situated”, mid-2019 newcomer, in an über-chichi enclave off Sloane Street, comes from the same stable as Bonnie Gull, and has won instant acclaim as a “great entrant to the London seafood scene”. “Minimalist decor” sets a tone where the focus is on pristine ingredients zhooshed up with a bit of culinary magic by chef Leandro Carreria: beautiful, if “very expensive”. You can also eat there at lunch, but with “no mains, desserts or coffee”.
Middle Eastern restaurant in Kensington and Chelsea
7-9 Bute St - SW7
“Brilliant”, “fresh” and “unusual” Levantine flavours; “cheerful and helpful staff”; and “sunnily charming decoration” ensure these “above-average”, modern Middle Eastern bistros are “invariably lively and bustling”. The SW7 branch is a well-known fixture of the ‘Petit France’ enclave of South Kensington, while its year-old spin-off has made a good start establishing itself at the top end of Soho – “you can understand the popularity when food of such a high standard is produced at such very reasonable prices”.
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