American|191 Portobello Rd, Notting Hill|££|Have a look!
Following a destructive fire, old time favourite for hangovered Saturday and Sunday brunches Electric Brasserie was renovated and was turned to an american style diner, on the dark side. The dark brick room is highlighted with back and white photos and music turned from lounge style to Rock. Love the ambience although because of the dark colours this is really an evening or winter time place than a sunny day one. Service is fast and friendly. The burgers are top. But what is a drink revelation is the twist the Bloody Mary was given. I have never tried anything similar anywhere before.
Try: obviously the Beef burger but for a lighter option the lobster burger is pretty good too. Bloody Mary. You won’t be happy ordering Bloody Mary anywhere else after you tried this.
Granger & Co
Australian|175 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill|££|Have a look!
Japan, Hawaii, Australia and Notting Hill. Aussie restaurateur Bill Granger brings his cooking in London. For such a busy place I am pretty impressed at how well the staff is pulling pressure off when dealing with clientelle. Love the environment, good positive vibes, food is always excellent and fresh. Only downside is that the restaurant is operating a non-reservation system which makes the place out of reach if you are in a hurry and especially in the weekends. Evenings are better than during brunch hours where queues are reaching out on street level. Either way, staff always make you feel at home, just relax at the bar with some good wine until your table is ready.
Try: the beef burger, pavlova
Perfect for: week day dinners
Notting Hill’s ‘Italian Quarter’
Italian|190-192 Kensington Park Rd|££|Have a look!
Colourful, cheerful, attitude free and with adorable service.
Try: white chocolate cheesecake
Italian|37 Kensington Park Rd|£££|Have a look!
Mediteraneo serves good Italian food in a toned down version of Italian rustic deco compared to its neighbours. White tablecloths and rustic chic is more on the agenda for this place. Still beautiful ambience and one more choice at Notting Hill’s Little Italy.
Perfect for: date nights
Italian|29 Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill|££|Have a look!
When it comes to Italian restaurant I like cliches. I like the rustic, traditional touch. The restaurant has two floors but if you can get a table do at the top floor. Great place to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Try: Linguine allo Scoglio
Perfect for: matey catch ups, date nights
Spanish|33 Charlotte Street|£££|Have a look!
Fino is brought to you by the same team that built the Barrafina brand. The food is beautiful (a combination of traditional and modern tastes) and the setting is relaxed although it a bit towards business style. Wine list is excellent, cocktails were strong and service very unpretentious and accommodating. Top stars for this.
Try: ham croquetas, potato & chorizo chips, scallops, pork belly
Perfect for: date nights