Venue Notting Hill Kitchen

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Notting Hill Kitchen

Traditional Portuguese cuisine in an atmospherically converted Edwardian townhouse

Notting Hill Kitchen
Notting Hill Kitchen

92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2PN

Tel. +44 (0)207 313 9526

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LOCATED JUST NEXT to London’s famous Portobello Road, in an old character property with multiple rooms, the Notting Hill Kitchen builds its menus around three core principles: a huge variety of fresh and seasonal Atlantic fish; traditional black pig from Alentejo; and good quality, often little known, Iberian wines. Branding itself Spanish-Portuguese fusion, influences also abound from Gallic cuisine, but with first courses designed to be shared, executive chef Luís Baena’s childhood memories of convivial familial mealtimes are brought back to
life wholeheartedly.

Originally home to the legendary Leith’s, this warren of interlocking rooms, spread across three adjoining Edwardian townhouses, has been done out by Barcelona-based Sandra Taruella in a range of earthy colours with flashes of traditional blue-and-white tiles. Taruella can also credited with designing Spain’s El Celler de Can Roca, currently top of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. The subdued colours and wooden furniture are lit up by scattered tea lights, which are especially atmospheric when flickering in the ancient alcoves.

Portuguese tapas (pesticos) served at the ‘standing bar’ are to be highly recommended, offering up such dishes as octopus fried and steeped in olive oil; salt cod fish cakes; corn-fed chicken croquettes; lupino bean dip with Carolino rice crisps; succulent miniature chorizo-licked suckling pig pies; and light bright pan con tomate. Such dégustation allows, of course, for a wider sampling of accompanying wines, but whichever way you play it, the venue as a whole offers immersion into Portuguese culinary culture. Seated in the restaurant, you might still delight in salt cod (bacalhau) as a starter, followed by traditional ham carved at the table.

VENUES | TASTE PORTUGAL 14/15

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