My favourite restaurants in Notting Hill
By the time you’re reading this, I’ll be married and heading off on honeymoon…isn’t that a weird thing for me write? The last month or so has been one of the greatest transition and stress that I’ve probably ever experienced. Amongst planning a wedding, Oliver and I also moved into our first home together. Notting Hill has always been a special place for me: my mum’s side of the family have always been based in the area, and I spent my teenage years visiting Portobello Road Market on Saturdays, and later, during my university years, wandering the neighbourhood streets by myself and sharing my photos of the pretty, coloured houses on Instagram. I’ve rounded up my favourite restaurants in our new local area below:
Picture this: three floors of elegant restaurant space, and a buzzing bar on the ground floor. It’s no surprise that Gold has been doing a roaring trade since opening earlier this year. Offering a Mediterranean-inspired menu in a chic but unpretentious setting, it makes the perfect location for date night, dinner with friends, or after-work drinks.
You can expect friendly service, farm-to-table cooking, and a daily changing menu at The Shed, a cosy restaurant tucked away in Notting Hill. Dishes are made from freshly foraged ingredients, and the atmosphere here is always lively; this is a great place for date night if you don’t mind squeezing in close to your neighbours on the next table.
Jackson Boxer’s restaurant off Portobello Road offers a seafood-focussed menu in a chic and elegant setting. Don’t miss the melt-in-the-mouth cod’s roe flatbread, and make sure to leave some room for the tasty desserts on offer too.
The first London outpost by this popular LA eatery is located on Portobello Road, and offers what it says on the tin: dirty, sloppy egg baps, served in fluffy brioche rolls, with a variety of sauces, toppings, and extras. A delicious, hot mess.
Despite the crazy queues here (even on weekdays), I do love Eggbreak for their tasty brunch offering. You’ll find all of your favourite classics here: Turkish eggs, avocado and poached eggs on toast, and American-style pancakes, but lots of ever-changing and seasonal dishes thrown in for good measure too.
My favourite Vietnamese restaurant in London, MAM is a chic and modern Vietnamese-fusion restaurant on All Saints Road. Spring rolls, pho, and delicious chicken rice bowls all feature on the menu here: you’ll find comfort food in a cosy and elegant setting.
The pioneers of Australian brunch in London, Granger & Co’s original branch is on Westbourne Grove, and has queues round the clock, every day of the week. The queue moves quickly here however, and the atmosphere inside is always lively and inviting. You can’t beat their delicious brunch classics either: creamy scrambled eggs, the best hotcakes known to man, plus tasty salad bowls and a hearty ‘fresh Aussie’ breakfast. There’s only one or two places that I’ll willingly queue at, and Granger is one of them.