The team behind Notting Hill’s upcoming eatery Dorian are calling it an “anti-Notting Hill restaurant”.
Which means, we presume, that there won’t be any haggling, there’ll be no tinnies of Red Stripe, and Hugh Grant will be pre-emptively barred.
But what we do know for sure is that the talent behind the whole enterprise is going to absolutely first-class. You’ll find it, when it opens this October, a couple of streets over from Portobello in a space that’s promised to be ridiculously plush – we’re talking three-sided banquettes, marble tables, antique wood panelling, a copper bar, bespoke brass lighting, smoked mirrors and Bentwood chairs.
All of that will sit in front of the kitchen, which is where we meet the first of the dream-team lineup: head chef Max Coen has worked in two Michelin-starred Kitchen Table, two Michelin-starred Ikoyi, and three Michelin Star Frantzén. He’s one of those people that can poach an egg without even looking it up on YouTube first. He’ll be putting together dishes like bright green bowls of mussels with cucumber and shiso; potato rösti with griolles & Cornish Yarg cheese; and hefty grill-scorched goods like John Dory, côte de boeuf, sirloin, pork chop, and beetroots.
At the bar we have our second star: Ale Villa is fresh from mixing drinks at the three Michelin Star Core by Clare Smyth, and here he’ll be putting together the likes of Fig Leaf Negronis made with gin-infused leaves. As for the wine, he’s teamed up with the guys who supply Noble Rot to curate a suitably stellar list.
And finally we have the folks in charge of running the place, including operator Ben Whitfield (formerly at the helm of Brasserie Zedel) and restaurateur Chris D’Sylva, who is the driving force behind the Notting Hill Fish + Meat Shop.
You’ll never guess what they sell.
NOTE: Dorian is set to open in October. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can keep an eye on their Insta right here.
Dorian | 105-107 Talbot Rd, W11 2AT
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