Notting Hill Restaurants
123 Clarendon Rd., Notting Hill
This is Argentinian restauranteur Juan Santa Cruz's very first venture in London, a restaurant with a seriously clubby feel serving up European dishes with a slightly Argentinian bent—i.e., protein-heavy dishes like beef carpaccio and a perfect, blackened chicken. With dark, velvet-clad walls, a stunning copper bar as a central fixture in the middle of the dining room, and decidedly dim lighting, this newly-opened eatery has serious sex-appeal, and is a perfect venue to rent as a whole for a party. The upstairs, which includes a secluded and leafy terrace (for London's good weather) is also available for rent.
104 Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill
This spot is always bustling, in no small part thanks to the grilled meat, which is fresh and delicious. There's seating for casual dining as well as take-away.
Granger & Co
175 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
Known for his relaxed approach to cooking, Bill Granger has fronted major culinary hits in Australia and Asia. This bright, airy, and generally packed place on Westbourne Grove is his first London restaurant, and like its predecessors, it offers casual all-day dining with a comfort food slant (awesome mash) and a fantastic weekend brunch. Look for simple dishes, like the signature ricotta hotcakes or the full Aussie breakfast. The no-reservation policy means you'll probably have to wait, but it's totally worth it.
3 Hereford Rd., Notting Hill
Hereford Road's head chef Tom Pemberton (formerly of St. John) opened the restaurant in 2007 in a former Victorian butcher shop; in the summers, they open up the butcher's window to the street, creating a pseudo open-air space. Though the focus is on British cuisine bolstered by locally sourced, seasonal produce, the menu at Hereford Road definitely caters to adventurous eaters. Get the sea bass, which is intended for sharing.
14 Hillgate St., Notting Hill
Mazi is pushing the boundaries of Greek food (think feta tempura) with slight French influence (the husband and wife owners are French and Greek respectively). Dips in jars and innovative signature large plates are served with Greek wines and ouzo in a clean, contemporary space in Notting Hill.
63 Ledbury Rd., Notting Hill
Mediterranean-inspired Ottolenghi sort of defies categorization: Their four locations differ slightly in their offerings, but they all feature some level of sit-down dining, a deli with pre-made takeout, and excellent catering. Don't be surprised to find a line no matter what time you arrive, but know that it's worth the wait for their near-perfect pastries, quiches, and salads. If you don't have time to cook before a dinner party, it's an excellent pick for a meal that you can pick up and bring home.
Six Portland Road
6 Portland Rd., Notting Hill
Located on a quiet street in upscale Holland Park, this new British bistro has all the makings of a classic. There's no trendy furniture or lighting, there are no small plates, in fact, there are no gimmicks whatsoever, just great food, service, and an extensive wine list. The seasonal menu is British with some Mediterranean inflection here and there, and the meat, from Lamb sweetbreads to boudin blanc makes for phenomenal comfort food. Even if you're not a Holland Park resident, you'll feel, at least for a few hours, like this is your old neighborhood joint.
141-145 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill
Mexican friends living abroad have proudly declared Taqueria as the best Mexican restaurant in London. This bustling Notting Hill establishment offers excellent comida corrida, which isn't easy to find in England. The tacos and antojitos are fresh and authentic, and you can even buy their salsas, spices and tortillas to take home for your own taco night. Dropping in is easy; though it’s always full, the tables move quickly.
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