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Best restaurants in Notting Hill

Kuro Eatery, Hillgate Street — for minimalist all-day dining

Kuro’s minimal and carefully lit décor – white walls, large white bar counter and blonde wood tables – is considered and striking. Led by chef Andrianos Poulis, the mainly Mediterranean-inspired menu uses locally sourced seasonal ingredients. Fish is showcased throughout the menu with smaller sharing plates of oysters; pork fat powder and apple; bream ceviche, fermented chilli and green apple; and more substantial spaghettoni, clams and bottarga. Don't miss the flatbread, goat's cheese and fermented hot honey, and the exceptional pork chop with chilli pork fat and aged soy sauce – order an extra portion of sourdough and olive oil butter (made in the recently opened Kuro Bakery nesrby) to mop up the delicious sauce, and enjoy a side of roasted potatoes, parmesan oil & chives and a sharp fennel and herb salad. Desserts include tarte tatin with more goat's cheese and a burnt cheesecake with rosemary, berries and oats. The cocktail and wine menu includes a range of natural, organic and biodynamic options, too. kuro-london.com

The Flatbread with Goat’s Cheese and Fermented Hot Honey at Kuro Eatery

Walmer Castle, Ledbury Road— for British-inspired pub dining

Notting Hill’s Walmer Castle pub has had an excellent do-over by publican Jack Greenall (also of The Surprise in Chelsea). References to the area, pre-loved furniture and locally made fittings makes for the ideal décor for an area that includes Portobello Road. The ground floor is a proper pubby bar with a fire in the grate, art worth a closer look on the walls and a welcoming vibe. The menu gives you what you want from a modern pub including pork and fennel sausage rolls, braised ox cheek, halibut with smoked tomato and corn risotto, and a dry-aged beef burger. Vegetarian dishes such as celeriac schnitzel and gnocchi with hazelnut pesto are a cut above, and puddings include the crumble, and, of course, sticky toffee pudding. walmercastle-nottinghill.co.uk

The restaurant space at Walmer Castle in Notting Hill, featuring with pre-loved furniture in warm green and yellow shades

Empire Empire, All Saints Road — for contemporary Indian

The Indian disco era of the 1970s inspired this new opening from Harneet Baweja (Gunpowder). Eat traditional dishes such as bihari boti kebab, tandoori broccoli and chicken malai tikka from the open grill serenaded by 70s Bollywood bangers from the bespoke jukebox. For the ultimate in luxe dining order the showstopping lobster dum biryani to share, £42 – complete with the crustacean’s head emerging from the pastry lid. empire-empire.restaurant

Dorian, Talbot Road — for British bistro cuisine

Headed up by a team with personal ties to the Notting Hill area in which it resides – all of whom are plucked from institutions including the two- Michelin-starred Kitchen Table and Ikoyi, and three-Michelin-starred Core – Dorian’s ever- changing menu is a celebration of seasonal British produce, prepared with playful techniques that are sure to surprise and charm. Coupled with a cocktail menu created with foraged ingredients in mind, plus an extensive curated wine list that’s predominantly from France and Italy, and elegant décor, Dorian has all the makings of a mainstay in the London hospitality scene. dorianrestaurant.com

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Four chefs working at Dorian

SUMI, Westbourne Grove — for Michelin-starred Endo at the Rotunda’s casual sushi restaurant

The bright and airy space, with pale wood panelling, large windows and outdoor decking, perfectly suits the calm practice of SUMI’s sushi chefs. Watch them prepare stunning courses of fresh nigiri on bouncy and neat rice mounds, and wrap wafer-thin sheets of nori seaweed round the likes of minced red tuna and fermented mooli, or diced scallop with delicate purple hanahojiso flowers to make signature temaki rolls. Menu highlights are the seaweed salad coated in a creamy tahini dressing with toasted almonds, and a ceviche showcasing seasonal sustainable fish among a picture-perfect plate of peppers, corianders, marigold and a zingy yuzu dressing. Superb seared Japanese A4 wagyu is served with charred puntarelle and a jug of yuzu onion sauce. Finish by gliding a bespoke wooden spoon through the matcha mille cake’s thin layers of vibrant green, matcha-infused double cream and ultra-fine crepes. Don’t skip cocktails — the popular kawaii ne is a delicate mix of sake, local Portobello gin, lychee and yuzu, while the smoky boulevardier offers a much punchier blend of peaty whisky, umeshu plum sake, Antica Formula and Campari. sushisumi.com

Sushi served on a slab on a wooden table at Sumi

Gold, Portobello Road – for neighbourhood vibes

Gold is a buzzing restaurant and late-night bar on London’s Portobello Road which puts cooking over coals at its heart.

Split into raw, charcuterie and cheese, salads, vegetables and plates, all the dishes are designed to share. Portions are hearty though, so start off steady and see how things go.

Charred pears with burrata welcome the salty tang of Tuscan ham, while a bouncy farro salad with sweet peas, broad beans and Berkswell cheese steals the show with its fresh flavours.

The dessert menu is worth bringing a crowd for so you can unashamedly order them all. Honey rum babas arrive as boozy as they should be, with plenty of lemon verbena cream, while buttery sable biscuits layered with raspberry and mascarpone are lifted further with the crunch of praline.

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A greenhouse-style dining room has exposed brick floors, palm trees and hessian chairs

Orasay, Kensington Park Road – for British produce

Modern, cool cooking in a posh end of town, with big flavours and the best British produce, particularly Scottish shellfish, from one of London’s most talked-about chefs.

Any meal that starts with little fried shrimp, dusted in celery salt, that you’re encouraged to eat whole – head, shell and all – has got to be good. And it was, right through to the posh rice pudding at the end, hiding sweet and sour, Pink Panther-hued stewed rhubarb, fired up with ginger, and topped with a crisp brandy snap.

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A white oval shaped plate is topped with stewed white beans with bitter greens and slices of Tamworth pork chop

Caractère, Westbourne Park Road – for date night

The debut modern French/Italian restaurant from married culinary couple Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari, in the heart of London’s fine-dining territory.

There are influences from both their ’hoods, namely France and Italy, and an unconventional approach to menu writing, grouping sections as character traits, ‘curious’, ‘subtle’, ‘delicate’, ‘robust’, ‘strong’ and ‘greedy’.

It’s some of the more veg-centric dishes that wow the most. Celeriac cacio e pepe with aged (25 years, no less) balsamic vinegar steals the night early on. Ticking multiple trend boxes without being gimmicky – the al dente root added an earthiness we didn’t know such a classic needed.

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Celeriac cacio e pepe

Core by Clare Smyth, Kensington Park Road – for fine-dining

The tablecloths might be missing at Clare Smyth’s debut but the tone is undeniably formal. Don’t let that be confused with stuffy, though – Britain’s most lauded female chef has made her first solo mark thoroughly modern.

Décor is stripped back and contemporary – via a small bar (where you can eat, too), you’re led to a dramatic chef’s table in front of the glass-fronted kitchen, and through to the bright dining room.

Colchester crab royale to start comes in three parts – a bowl of sweet white meat surrounded by a moat of brown meat, a crab doughnut and a flute of shellfish broth. A single Isle of Mull scallop is cooked over wood fire and delivered under a cloche of smoke. A brackish, buttery sauce is lifted by herbs and chopped coral pearls of roe.

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Isle of Mull scallop sitting on a large shell and under plenty of greenery

Trailer Happiness – for cocktails and dancing

Descend from busy Portobello Road into this lively basement tiki bar for an evening of rum-fuelled fun. Bartenders in tropical shirts set cocktails on fire, laid-back locals drape over low-slung chairs and a DJ spins Northern soul and disco tunes from a wooden booth in the corner.

The bar décor is enthusiastically kitsch – think geometric carpets, yellow fish stencilled onto glass doors, and tropical wallpaper. Tiki-style vessels in various shapes and sizes hold punchy rum cocktails. Try the Cotton Mouth Killer, a fiesty combination of Don Q and Wray & Nephew rum with apricot brandy, blue curaçao and guava. There are also playful rum twists on classics – Bacardi Carta Blanca is stirred with watermelon shrub, St Germain and tonic water in the Supersonic Tiki Tonic; and spiced rum is shaken with Tia Maria and Trailer Happiness homebrew coffee to create the Espresso Martiki.


A bar lined with hundreds of bottles of rum and more at Trailer Happiness Bar Notting Hill

Farina, Notting Hill High Street – for pizza

Nestled on Notting Hill High Street, Farina pizzeria focuses on traditional Neapolitan pizzas, with no pineapple or pepperoni in sight. In the summer, grab a table by the floor-to-ceiling folding glass doors and wait for the smoky scent to waft over, or hunker down next to the small open kitchen.

The 48-hour fermented dough is light, with a pillowy, charred crust – tear some off to save for mopping up the leftover tomato juices at the end.

Order the Farina, topped with ‘nduja, salami and provola if you like something spicy, or the Burratina topped with courgette and burrata for a fresh, creamy topping.

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Farina pizza at Farina pizzeria, Notting Hill, London

Snaps + Rye, Golborne Road – for scandi vibes

Snaps + Rye, a Danish café on Golborne Road, is an effortlessly cool place. Typically Scandi in design (light and airy, clean lines, soft brown décor and a splash of red in the form of industrial shelves and bar stools), it’s the realised dream of local couple Kell and Jacqueline Skött, who also run a hairdressers round the corner.

Diners choose from an a la carte menu that’s peppered with various wonderful combinations of fish, egg, rye bread, pickled things, berries and potato – so if you like all of the above, you’ll have a great time.

The food is partly inspired by Cornish head chef Tania Steytler’s seaside upbringing, although there are also snippets that hark back to Kell’s childhood in Denmark – a surprisingly rich mushroom, nut and cream pâté, for example, that’s been a secret family recipe for decades.

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Plate of fish at Snaps + Rye, Notting Hill

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Andina, Westbourne Grove – for Peruvian sharing plates

The first West London location for Martin Morales’ Peruvian empire, focusing on traditional dishes served in family-run picanteria restaurants across the Andes.

In the style of a traditional Peruvian picanteria, the restaurant has an open kitchen counter where you can sit and watch chefs mix up marinades for ceviches, dress dishes with nasturtiums, and drizzle sauces over slow-cooked meats. Even on a weeknight the space has a buzz, helped by the constant stream of cocktails being shaken up at the bar at the back (try the exemplary pisco sours).

Andina Picanteria is all about bold flavours and unusual ingredients from the Andes. Start with sweet potato sourdough with Andean hummus, made with almonds and peanuts to give a slightly sweeter taste than the Middle Eastern version, or super fresh tuna tartare with neat blobs of avocado purée, crunchy kiwicha seeds (also known as mini quinoa) and pearly trout caviar.

Order a couple of ‘big plates’, split into vegetarian and fish/meat sections. A huge octopus tentacle was marinated with chilli and finished on the plancha grill, then served on a bed of squash dressed with a punchy uchucuta sauce (feta, spinach, coriander and, according to our waiter, “cariño, siempre cariño (love, always love)”). Beef shin was cooked for eight hours so the meat fell apart into a rich veal stock and vibrant yellow carapulcra stew made with dried potatoes and plenty of spice.

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A spread of dishes including a meat stew

Egg Break, Uxbridge Street – for brunch

The people behind Soho House and The Hoxton Hotel Group together opened an egg-based café on a residential street in Notting Hill.

Split into basics (eggs on toast, egg benedict etc), buns, plates, salads and sides, the most dishes at this daytime café come with an egg of some sort, be it poached, fried or – surely the most fashionable egg of the moment – 63 degrees: cooked slowly in a waterbath at, you guessed it 63 degrees.

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Interiors of Egg Break, Notting Hill

Zayane, Golborne Road – for Moroccan food

Head chef at Zayane, Chris Bower – previously of Thackeray’s and The Ivy – uses a mixture of British seasonal ingredients and imported spices to bring modern Moroccan food to London. The air here is laced with cardamom and the room is decorated like a mini bazaar, peppered with colourful cushions, little wooden stools upholstered in yellow fabric, vibrant wall hangings, glowing lanterns and North African teapots on shelves behind the bar.

The Zayane platter was a collection of pretty Moroccan bowls filled with ‘chakchouka’ (otherwise known as shakshuka), beans in fresh tomato sauce, salmon terrine and zaalouk. The latter, a kind of aubergine and tomato stew, was silky and delicate – we loved the buttery chunks of slow-cooked aubergine so much that we asked for seconds. Our platter came with warm, pillowy wholemeal flatbreads made fresh that day.

Scallops at Zayane, Notting Hill

Electric Diner, Portobello Road – for brunch

Electric Diner’s interiors are true to its name – ribbed red leather banquettes are set up, train carriage-style, down one side of the narrow room, condiments are waiting to be used on wooden tables, and the buzzy atmosphere bounces off low curved ceilings and exposed brick walls. Slide into a booth or sit on a green leather stool looking onto the open kitchen to make sure your eggs are being prepared just how you like them.

The egg-heavy brunch menu features omelettes laden with Gruyere cheese, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, and all of the classics – Benedict, Florentine and Royale.

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Eggs with Hollandaise sauce on a plate next to a plate of half grapefruit and a bowl of strawberries and banana

Bucket, Westbourne Grove – for seafood

We might be in leafy west London but the vibe inside Bucket is more upmarket beach club, with chairs and tables under canopies and a palette of soft, weatherworn neutrals. Place settings are decorated with sprigs of fresh rosemary, and cut lemons perfume the air around each table.

Starters include the likes of cockles with chorizo and squid-ink crackers, and mains range from salmon crudo with grapefruit and pink peppercorns to seafood linguine. The main draw, however, are the seafood buckets. Selections change according what can be (sustainably) sourced at the time, but on our visit we could choose from calamari, whitebait, prawns and fritto misto (plus tempura of banana blossom, viola artichoke and fennel for the veggies). Mussels came in a choice of sauces that ranged from classic white wine, garlic and parsley to coconut and chilli.

A decadent prawn and lobster toastie acquitted itself well, its rich, creamy filling lifted by tarragon (less impressive was the tuna tartare, which need a zingier sauce than the avocado mayo it came with) but it was the buckets that impressed the most, namely a pail of small but succulent spicy prawns and – best of all – fat, juicy mussels in a decadent lobster and brandy sauce, for which it would be a crime not to order extra bread or fries for dipping in.

Look out for the cocktails – our seaweed martini, made with Hendrick’s, St Germain, seaweed, sea algae and cucumber was super-fresh and clean, with a subtle briny edge.


Words by Alex Crossley, Charlotte Morgan, Ellie Edwards, Hannah Guinness, Laura Rowe

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