Caractère | Notting Hill Franco-Italian Restaurant
They say the third time’s the charm.
But in the case of the Roux family, the first and second times were also the charm.
After all, Michel Roux opened the UK’s first three Michelin Star restaurant (and another Three Star joint after that one) and his son Michel Roux Jr is one of the nation’s most beloved celebrity chefs.
Now the third generation has entered the game in the form of Emily Roux, who’s about to open her own restaurant in Notting Hill.
So no pressure.
It’ll be called Caractère, and you’ll find it in Notting Hill, more or less within sight of The Ledbury (she’s not making these inevitable comparisons any easier on herself), and within a stone’s throw of CORE by Clare Smyth. The food will be a blend of Italian and French, riffing off Emily’s solidly Franco-centric culinary upbringing, and her husband’s own Italian roots. He, by the way, is the current head chef at La Gavroche.
The menu’ll be divided into sections of different ‘character’, from Robust mains like seared oxtail ravioli with beef consommé and bone marrow; to Curious small plates, like seared mackerel, confit beetroot, black cardamom and parsley condiment. They’ll all be available à la carte, or you can try one from each section in their £78 tasting menu.
Looks like they might have the Caractère to pull it off.
NOTE: Caractère is due to open on 4th October. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more and reserve ahead at their website right HERE.
Caractère | 209 Westbourne Park Road, W11 1EA
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