London Restaurants - West London
This Notting Hill restaurant is from a Middle East restaurateur who has produced this mash-up between Mexican and Japanese cuisines. Alongside tostadas, tiraditos and ceviche, it features the "Gangster Taco menu" with 22 new takes on a taco. And yes, there is plenty of tequila or mezcal on hand (including a tasting flight) on the menu.
Hugely popular not only in its original West Village location, but also in Paris and Tokyo, Notting Hill is where hip New York bistro Buvette has landed in London. Like the original, it's part cafe, part wine bar and restaurant. As they say, it's for everything "from an early morning espresso, to an afternoon croque madame" and late night cocktails.
Sunday in Brooklyn has been a big hit in New York - now they're one of a few NYC restaurants making a home in Notting Hill. Their hazelnut and brown butter pancakes are the main attraction (you'll want a whole stack) and the all-week-long brunch is a big deal too. The corner location means that it's a bright and airy place to have a US-style brunch.
This is the original London venue for the LA import. The unconventional name gives a hint at what to expect - lots of eggs, mainly in buns. There's the option of scrambled or fried eggs in their brioche buns as well as a coddled egg if you want to veer away from the carbs. The counter is the place to be here (although it's also very handy for takeaway).
Having already opened his fabulously-reviewed Endo at the Rotunda, sushi master Endo went one further, opening this new sushi bar in Notting Hill, which went down extremely well with West London folk. Easily one of the best sushi spots in town.
The Cheese Bar team could simply have settled for serving cheese platters on a boat and Londoners would have lapped it up, but they've done so much more with this floating restaurant. The vessel itself - purpose-built- gives nearly everyone a water level view. As for the food, it really is all about cheese in many, many different forms - and that's a very good thing.
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Notting Hill's food credentials are boosted by a restaurant and bar team that comes via the River Cafe and Soho House to take what was once a pub. They're serving up sharing plates, and food cooked over fire or in a wood-burning oven, all across four floors.
Jackson Boxer (also of Brunswick House) took inspiration from the Scottish islands and highlands for this West London seafood restaurant which has become one of Notting Hill's best. Dishes range from fried prawns to whole day-boat fish and sharing dishes like the Belted Galloway Rib with Bearnaise.
Critic reviews - total score out of 10
Emily Roux is the latest member of the Roux family with a successful restaurant. She joined up with her husband, Diego Ferrari - former Head Chef at Le Gavroche - to run this restaurant that's part French, part Italian. The menu has a fine dining feel, but presented in a more laid-back setting, with courses split into sections like "curious", "robust" and "greedy" (which, yes, is the dessert section).
This family-run restaurant may technically be in London, but its buccolic charm and setting belies the urban address. Chef Kenneth Culhane and his team are all about providing a convivial experience with super food.
Notting Hill's Ukai is very much in the fusion mould - mainly Japanese, but taking in Mediterranean and South American infuences. The robata grill is put to good use - and look out for their snacks, aka "Japas".
This Notting Hill pub is highly rated by locals, having been a success for over 25 years. The ethos is "Eat heartily and give the house a good name'" which has given London this lovely, modern gastropub, with a strong selection of oysters and shellfish. The seafood platters are a particular draw here - and even if you're just popping in for a drink, a plate of oysters is strongly recommended.
This egg-focused, brunch-heavy restaurant comes from Ennismore (the same people behind the Hoxton hotels). There are all types of eggs - in burgers, omelettes, salads and even simple boiled eggs and soldiers if that's what you fancy.
Natoora are already known for their excellent grocery stores, and this Notting Hill outpost also features an in-store cafe, the Natoora Counter. Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, each dish on the menu is fully traceable.
Originally beginning life as Cool Chile Co stall on Portobello Road, the team moved inside to become Taqueria, serving up tacos, tostados, ceviches and all manner of Mexican treats. After many years, it still holds its own as serving some of London's best tacos.
This Tonkotsu is a small departure from the rest, as it features a counter-style ramen bar of the kind you'll find in Tokyo. But don't worry - if it's your favourite ramen dishes you're after, they're on the menu too.
Imagine being friends with someone who enjoys all the benefits of a super house share in Notting Hill. That's the premise of this pop-up turned permanent bar and restaurant on All Saints Road.
This is one of the smallest fine-dining restaurants in London, run by chef Richard Wilkins (ex-Petrus and Waterside Inn) fitting in just six tables for a maximum of 12 diners at any time. If you manage to grab one of those precious seats, you can expect a modern French menu.
An open charcoal grill is at the heart of this Greek bistro, from the people behind nearby Mazi. There's a focus on northern Greek cuisine and Thessaloniki in particular.
If you know your chia seeds from your raw cacao nibs, this is one for you. Farm Girl, is a mecca for uber-health conscious Londoners, and this was their first outpost in London. Expect coconut BLTs, gluten-free doughnuts, smoothies and more.
Critic reviews - total score out of 10
The former executive sushi chef at Zuma has opened a tiny sushi restaurant in the Television Centre at White City development. With just 15 seats expect, this is already one of the hottest tickets in the area.
This sister restaurant to the London Shell Co.'s cruising restaurant is a permanently moored barge by Paddington Central serving up seafood and sparkling wine.
The KPH (Kensington Park Hotel) has been pretty legendary in Ladbroke Grove for a while, with a big music following and the place of Tom Jones first London gig. Now it's been revived with Henry Harris and ex-St John chef Ruairidh Summers in charge of the food.
They have restaurants in Bristol and Spain, and now Wellbourne have arrived in London. It's an all-day brasserie affair by chefs and management with an impressive pedigree.
In the 80’s, Alex Giri opened West London’s Canal Brasserie. Now, 30 years later, she’s back with her son Oscar in tow to bring flexitarian food to Notting Hill’s Kensington Park Road, with a separate cocktail bar featuring sharing plates.
After a stint roving around London, Gerald and Ko of Bistro?s Mirey have decided to settle in Fulham, where they?ll be continuing to whip up seasonal dishes from a short menu that's big on French and Japanese flavours.
Drawing on London inspiration from Borough Market, and not-so-local inspiration, The Pilgrm will be catering to the Paddington crowd with menus they're billing as ?journeys in themselves?, plus internationally acclaimed cocktails and a special late night menu laden with comfort food.
For years Clare Smyth was seen as the guiding light of Gordon Ramsay's flagship Hospital Road restaurant. Since going it alone with her own fine-dining spot in Notting Hill she's already notched up three Michelin stars as well as the top London slot in the Good Food Guide.
This longstanding neighbourhood gem of an Italian has been packing Notting Hill's denizens into its light-filled dining room - above the ground floor pizzeria - for over 20 years. They source the best Italian ingredients possible for a classic Italian menu that's inspired by the chef's Sardinian childhood.