These guys are onto a winner.
You see, way back in 1875, the folk of Pomona in LA County were undecided as to what to call their city. Not having much by way of entertainment in those days, they held an dramatic and nail-biting naming contest, and, well, you can probably guess the rest. But in a wonderful karmic circle, this city has now given its name to new relaxed West London eatery, Pomona’s.
Taking inspiration from culinary trends on the West Coast, founder and executive chef Gareth Sanderson has travelled the region extensively before settling down to bring Notting Hill a taste of Beverly Hills. The atmosphere here is laid-back Californian, with an interior reminiscent of a 1970s beach postcard, featuring pops of muted pastels and an abundance of potted palms – except everyone here has much better hair.
In this bright botanical abode, you’ll be free to peruse the menu, brimming with small plates like steak tartare with shredded kimchi and bone marrow on rye sourdough, with horseradish and bacon vodka. And while Californian food may be delicious, the LA set aren’t known for their huge appetites… but luckily, we are, and you’ll find generous mains too – with hanger steak (courtesy of Ginger Pig) and crispy pork belly with smoked polenta and mojo de ajo also on the menu.
And if you’re in a really indulgent mood? Sidle over to the American bar, which has been placed in the more-than-capable cocktail-shaking hands of Kestutis Sturba, former head bartender of nearby Portobello favourite, The Electric. And they even do dessert – including caramelised croissant and plum pie, and a truffle salted chocolate cremeux.
Plum pie and cocktails?
Sounds like a winning combination.
NOTE: You can reserve a spot at Pomona’s on 0207 229 1503.
Pomona’s | 47 Hereford Road, W2 5AH
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