We’ve eaten the gourmet burgers. We’ve drunk the bellinis. We’ve extensively tracked the movements of the yummy mummy brigade. Behold the results of the most gruelling restaurant research of all time (probably). Enjoy.
The Dock Kitchen
When one of London’s finest chefs decides to collaborate with an internationally renowned furniture designer, the result is one of two things:
An experimental kitchen in a converted Victorian wharf with impeccable interior styling.
Thankfully, in the name of public hygiene, Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon chose the former, and 7 years after launching as a pop up, The Dock Kitchen is still going strong serving an ever-changing menu loaded with seasonal, globally-influenced dishes inspired by the staff’s culinary travels.
Details: Open daily for lunch and dinner | Portobello Docks, 342-344 Ladbroke Grove, W10 5BU
Farm Girl Café
As a former dairy farmer, Rose Mann is simply outstanding in her field…
Which is no longer milking cows like a pro, but serving up flawless flat whites using coffee from the Roasting Party alongside health-conscious brunches to the people of Portobello. Her holistic approach to the colourful Aussie café culture means that soups, salads and sandwiches are packed with nurturing ingredients and sprinkled with superfoods.
Details: Open seven days a week for lunch only (closes at 4pm) | 59a Portobello Road, W11 3DB
The roots of this restaurant lie firmly in rural Nutbourne, Sussex… Which means they’ve grown an impressive 45 miles in length… leading to an idyllic farm and vineyard where the Gladwin brothers were brought up, and now source a bumper selection of the English countryside’s finest ingredients.
As farmer, chef and restaurant man respectively, they’ve formed the perfect family food cycle: from farm to table – via the kitchen, of course – where Oliver turns already delicious things into delicious-er things like lamb chops with lemon, parsley and harissa. If that wasn’t farm-y enough, expect reclaimed tractor parts, cow portraits and oil drum tables.
Details: The Shed is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday | 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, W8 4RT
We don’t have any vegetable jokes, so if you do, please lettuce know.
But one place where veggies are no laughing matter is at Farmacy – a glittering, plant-filled temple to healthy eating on Westbourne Grove. It’s the brainchild of Camilla Al Fayed, whose mission is to enable clean, guilt-free indulgence with dishes like the ‘Farmacy Burger’ (a millet, black bean & mushroom patty served with garlic aioli and goji ketchup) as well as heaps of other raw, vegan and free-from options including plant-based Ice Cream Sundaes. And that’s not all – the central Alchemy Bar serves cocktails made from market-fresh ingredients with “known medicinal benefits”.
No prescriptions needed.
Details: Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner | 74 Westbourne Grove, W2 5SH
Snaps and Rye
Denmark is the happiest country in the world. Fact.
Probably because they have 19 million pigs. Also a fact. But more likely because they get to eat smørrebrød (delicious open rye bread sandwiches) on a regular basis.
Now you can, too, at Kell and Jacqueline Skött’s contemporary Danish restaurant on Golborne Road. This former hairdresser’s has become a Scandi haven, serving authentic Nordic fare like home-cured herring and house-infused akvavit, as well as traditional cakes and pastries. There’s also a small shop where you can stock up on high quality Danish produce and stylish homewares.
Details: Open Tues – Sun | 93 Golborne Road, W10 5NL
West Thirty Six
West Thirty Six is a retro-modern, hipster hangout by Robert Newman of Beach Blanket Babylon. Here, he’s serving a grill-heavy, all-day menu of burgers and steaks along with killer cocktails like the pear & elderflower Bellini, best sipped at the chunky wooden bar.
It’s spread over three floors of an impressive corner townhouse, so choose a Chesterfield in one of the upstairs dining rooms – and make sure you visit the ‘Tool Shed’ terrace for its roaring fire pit.
Details: Open Thurs – Mon | 36 Golborne Road, W10 5PR
With jerk chicken and melt-in-the-mouth pork belly ribs on the menu as well as weekend brunch options like cola-cured gammon with a crispy fried egg, the RK’s food should tee you up nicely for an all-night boogie downstairs in the private member’s lounge which is open ‘til late.
And to state the obvious, there’s rum… lots of rum.
Details: Open daily | 6-8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH
It’s the 14th best restaurant IN THE WORLD. Which means it miiiiight just be the best restaurant in Notting Hill. One thing is for certain: Aussie chef Brett Graham’s spine-tinglingly good cooking is worth a detour. Expect dishes like clay baked white beetroot with caviar and smoked eel as well as Herdwick lamb and aubergine glazed with black tea and olives.
It’s the finest of fine dining.
Details: Open daily | 127 Ledbury Road, W11 2AQ
Adjacent to one of London’s oldest cinemas, is one of Portobello’s premiere eating spots (see what we did there? Of course you do).
Open for breakfast and serving right up until 1am at weekends, their French-American menu covers everything from gruyere cheese omelettes and syrupy waffles to chilli dogs and honey-fried chicken with sesame seeds. And like any worthwhile establishment in a cool and happening part of town, it ticks the Big Three aesthetically – exposed brickwork; industrial lighting and red leather booths.
Details: Open for breakfast from 8am, and serving right up until 1am at weekends | 191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED
Main image: West Thirty Six
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