Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in London Notting Hill
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1. Uli Pan-Asian restaurant in Notting Hill 5 Ladbroke Road - W11
This “popular and unpretentious” Singaporean/pan-Asian near Notting Hill Gate has earned a very solid local following in its 22 years – boss Michael Lim “makes it special”. The original All Saints Road site closed down in 2015, but the venture was resurrected three years later in this “cool new setting”.
2. The Ladbroke Arms British, Modern restaurant in Notting Hill 54 Ladbroke Road - W11
At the posher end of Ladbroke Grove, this smarter-than-usual local is a “comfortable” and “friendly” spot drawing a crowd of regulars – Jeremy Clarkson among them – as well as tourists. It’s “always a great place to go for Sunday lunch, or indeed any other time”, to sample the “small menu of modern British dishes” – even if some find it hard to accept the “high prices for what is gastropub food”.
3. Chucs Westbourne Grove Italian restaurant in Notting Hill 226 Westbourne Grove - W11
These retro-glam cafés are mostly located in-store, but the portfolio now also boasts the “beautiful building by the Serpentine Sackler Gallery” designed by Zaha Hadid. Perhaps because their price-tag is not exactly ‘bargain basement’, feedback is somewhat limited, but there’s a fairly clear picture of chic Italian dishes that, while “good and tasty”, can seem “nothing special” given the Monte Carlo-esque bill. Any such caveats do not seem to be getting in the way of the chain’s ongoing expansion however, most recently into Kensington.
4. The Ledbury British, Modern restaurant in Notting Hill 127 Ledbury Rd - W11
“Brett Graham never ceases to amaze” at his “simply sensational” Notting Hill fixture, celebrating its 15th year in 2020, and still idolised by its massive fanclub, who feel it stands “head and shoulders above just about any other restaurant in the capital”. “Superbly crafted, beautifully balanced modern British dishes are full of wonderful contrasts of tastes and textures, using the freshest seasonal ingredients” (notably, “world-beating game”). But there’s a “much more relaxed atmosphere than at most top-end ‘Michelin’ establishments”, with many-a compliment paid to its “easygoing, accommodating and un-fussy” staff; with kudos to sommelier Seamus Williams-Sharkey for his “light touch” and “clever advice introducing you to interesting corners of the world”. Decor is sophisticated if low-key, and “while always busy, it’s easy to have a conversation”.
5. Mazi Greek restaurant in Notting Hill 12-14 Hillgate St - W8
This “wonderful, buzzy” Greek in Hillgate Village, near Notting Hill Gate, “goes from strength to strength” in its reinterpretation of the traditional taverna as a “modern neighbourhood restaurant”. The “fresh, delicious menu is perfect for sharing”, but “you need to pick wisely otherwise it’s expensive”.
6. MAM Vietnamese restaurant in Notting Hill 16 All Saints Rd - W11
“A great addition to the Notting Hill scene”, this two-year-old Vietnamese BBQ grill serves a “limited menu which one could eat pretty well every day: fresh, zingy and delicious – what more could you want?”. Owner Colin Tu (of the Salvation in Noodles pho joints) serves his mother’s recipe for fermented dipping sauce – MAM is pronounced ‘mum’ in Vietnamese.
7. Patty and Bun Burgers, etc restaurant in Notting Hill 14 Pembridge Rd - W11
There’s “clear blue water between Patty & Bun and other wannabe mass burger offerings” – the only drawback is “you have to queue all the time”. Having started out as a pop-up, the small chain has grown to eight branches and two spin-offs: Smash Patty and Jefferies, a chicken specialist. The core of the offer is “burgers dripping in all the good stuff, loud tunes, friendly vibes and lots of napkins”. Top Tip – the “legendary lamb burger always makes me smile”.
8. Andina Picanteria Peruvian restaurant in Notting Hill 157 Westbourne Grove - W11
“Quite stunning food at a consistently high level”, led by “fresher-than-fresh ceviche” and other “flavoursome dishes”, earns improving ratings for Martin Morales’s small Peruvian group, inspired by the cooking of the Andes. “Fabulous to visit” – “the room is permanently sunny – or is that just the pisco sours?”. The Notting Hill venue includes a bakery.
9. Osteria Basilico Italian restaurant in Notting Hill 29 Kensington Park Rd - W11
“Simple, honest Italian fare done well” – with “fresh ingredients and great service” – is a combination that has served Notting HIll well for almost 30 years at this local trattoria: the senior in a group of three siblings in the same street (see also Mediterraneo and Essenza).
10. E&O Pan-Asian restaurant in Notting Hill 14 Blenheim Cr - W11
“Still vibrant and alive after all these years” – Will Ricker’s Notting Hill haunt survived its heady A-list celebrity of the early noughties, and even though critics say “you go here to show off your body, or your new friends, to whoever’s around”, its ethos has actually remained surprisingly un-snooty over the years. Foodwise, it’s “no longer breaking new ground with its pan-Asian tastes and mixtures”, but remains a “very fun” option for a superior cocktail with some “eclectic”, SE Asian fusion bites. In mid-2019, its King’s Road sibling, Eight Over Eight – already something of a chip off the old block – was refurbed and relaunched as E&O Chelsea.
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