5 OF NOTTING HILL’S BEST RESTAURANTS
Notting Hill is full of brilliant restaurants, and it’s been touch by here Courtlyn Stovall rounds up her top five to on and around Portobello Road
1 Granger & Co
Between his easy-going approach to food and his wonderful instinct for what makes a great meal, restaurateur and food writer Bill Granger has managed to make his brunch specialties known on a global scale. Inside the bright, open dining room in Notting Hill, guests can casually enjoy classic brunch-time favourites alongside produce-inspired dishes with a unique Australian twist. An extensive beverage list permits for the perfect pairing of drinks with any of the selections. But be sure to save room for dessert; Granger & Co offers a variety of decadent cakes and sweets for the perfect ending to any meal.
2 Electric Diner
Influenced by Brendan Sodikoff, the chef behind Chicago’s Au Cheval, Electric Diner in Notting Hill serves a French-American spin on the traditional diner menu. Sodikoff oversees the kitchen team and also collaborated on the menu, supplying several of the signature dishes from his Chicago restaurant. The diner focuses on simple combinations of the best ingredients and provides everything from a hearty egg-dedicated breakfast to shaved rib sandwiches, plus a wide-ranging beer and wine list to choose from to wash it all down.
3 Notting Hill Kitchen
Chef Luis Baena has created an ever-changing menu incorporating Atlantic-facing Iberian Peninsula cuisine and his own personal culinary experiences. Notting Hill Kitchen offers a balanced menu featuring rural yet refined dishes, focused around the importance of the ingredients individually. The menu showcases a variety of shellfish and seafood and demonstrates Portugal and Spain’s everlasting love affair with the black pig. The bar is designed for those who want to enjoy a variety of both good spirits and good company; perhaps share a few plates of food or choose from a selection of Spanish artisanal cheeses.
4 Urban Meadow
Placed conveniently between Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, Urban Meadow in Notting Hill is open all day for stylish farmhouse fare and outstanding drinks from early morning to late night. Urban Meadows prides itself on locally sourcing food wherever possible and keeping it in the city when it comes to the beer list and even coffee roasters. The menu revolves around the consumer, allowing for any style of meal at whatever time of the day. For those who want to enjoy a drink or meal in Hyde Park, they offer a grab and go service too.
5 Boom Burger
Jamaican born Josh de Lisser is the young innovator and mastermind chef behind the Caribbean flavours that brought Boom Burger to life on Portobello Road. The explosive spice combinations and British-bred meat capture the tastebuds of anyone who stops in the heart of London’s carnival district to try one of these electrifying twists on a traditional burger. Growing up on the shores of Montego Bay and learning his cooking expertise first-hand from family recipes, de Lisser authentically produces the taste of fresh seafood and jerk chicken right here in Notting Hill between two buns.