The Best Restaurants in Notting Hill
Wondering where to eat in Notting Hill? You’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s our guide to the area’s best eateries…
With its pretty coloured streets, bohemian background and buzzing Portobello Market, Notting Hill has long been one of the city’s coolest areas. Its biggest claims to fame are hosting the world’s second largest carnival and acting as the setting for Richard Curtis’ iconic 1999 film – but in recent years, Notting Hill is becoming known for its thriving culinary scene, too. From the trendiest vegan restaurants in town to Michelin-starred establishments, here are the best restaurants in the city’s western shores.
Gold became an immediate hit after arriving in Notting Hill in 2019, with Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Jourdan Dunn and Lady Amelia Windsor all visiting within weeks of its launch. If you go there you’ll quickly see why: it’s an endlessly chic spot, designed to reflect the bohemian spirit of the area – think stripped back interiors exposing the shell of the building and a garden room filled with pretty trees and greenery. But it’s certainly not style over substance: the kitchen is headed up by ex-River Cafe chef Theo Hill, with an eclectic mix of modern European dishes alongside an equally cool cocktail list from Scout’s Matt Whiley and Rich Woods. goldnottinghill.com
Farmacy is where all the trendiest veggies and vegans congregate – thanks to the cool interiors as well as the wonderful food on offer. It’s the brainchild of Camilla Fayed, who worked with experts to develop a menu of nourishing, healthy dishes that are also mighty tasty. The guacamole is one of the best in town and should be ordered as a side no matter what you’re eating, and is especially good when accompanying the sweet potato falafel starter. The Mexican Bowl is a standout with its bright purple potatoes and ‘sour cream’, while the burger is a classic, made from millet, black beans and mushrooms. Pair with a few cocktails (with added medicinal benefits, or cannabidiol) from the Alchemy Bar, and save space for the raw chocolate tart. With no refined sugars, additives or chemicals, you can indulge guilt-free. farmacylondon.com
Suzi Tros is a Greek-inspired bistro from Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou, the husband and wife duo behind west London favourite Mazi. Named after a character in Greek film I Parisiana, Suzi Tros translates as ‘Suzi, you eat’, which is reflected in the warm, fun feel of the restaurant. Located just down the road from its sister restaurant in the heart of Hillgate Village, this charming spot offers a selection of small plates, taking inspiration from the small eateries of Christina’s hometown of Thessaloniki. Think prawn tartare, smoked aubergine with tahini, grilled calamari, and meatballs with tzatziki, washed down with Greek wines and beers. suzitros.com
Veg is finally getting the respect it deserves, taking centre stage on menus rather than languishing as an afterthought somewhere in the side dish section. And it’s restaurants like Holland Park Avenue’s Flat Three that are sounding the charge. Owners Pavel and Juliana met at Wabi, Surrey’s 2AA Rosette decorated Japanese restaurant, and while Pavel’s Nobu and Roka training might imply the menu is strictly Japanese, you’ll find a touch of Nordic influence here. The resulting menu feels like it does you some good without feeling like a martyr. While they offer sharing plates and tasting menus, the three-course lunch is amazing value at £33. Our top pick is the sea bass carpaccio, served with beans, walnut and wild fennel. flatthree.london
With two Michelin stars to its name, as well as a spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, The Ledbury has gained worldwide acclaim since opening back in 2005. It’s headed up by Australian chef Brett Graham, who learned the tricks of the trade under Philip Howard at The Square. British ingredients take centre stage – Cornish cod, Hampshire buffalo milk curd and Berkshire muntjac – all cooked with exceptional flourish. It’s a hugely popular spot, so reservations are crucial. theledbury.com
The third venture from culinary duo Jackson Boxer and chef Andrew Clarke – the duo behind St Leonards in Shoreditch – is inspired by Orosay, a small tidal island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. In comparison to the spacious St Leonards, Orasay is a cosy, unpretentious spot with minimalist wooden tables, terracotta-cushioned benches and flickering candles. Seafood is the focus, with a seasonal menu based on what the fishermen send from their catch – recent dishes have included smoked eel with razor clams and egg noodles, sea bass with courgette and almond miso, and Isle of Mull scallops with shiitake and vin jaune. The vegetarian dishes, however, should not be overlooked: there’s deep-fried gnocchi with truffle, for instance, and grilled pumpkin served with roast fennel. orasay.london
Michael Lim’s modern Asian restaurant Uli was first established over two decades ago on All Saints Road, but closed a few years ago – much to the dismay of its loyal fan base. Luckily it’s re-opened in a new location on Ladbroke Grove with a brighter, cleaner look, and a lighter menu to match. Healthy dishes include coconut tofu curry, pan-fried teriyaki cod, sea bass noodle salad and miso aubergine – though if you’re looking for something indulgent, the sweet and sour battered chicken should do the trick. Be sure to get stuck into the small bites too: the peppercorn salted prawns, spicy scallops and wok-fried daikon cakes are all more than welcome for pre-main nibbling. ulilondon.com
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