Saturday night and my full party was 30 minutes late for our reservation. Would they still honor it? Yes they did.
Nice crowd. From the folks waiting outside, the people seated inside and out, and the full bar area (completely packed). Good looking people.
Service was pretty good, a bit inconsistent in the beginning but better as the night wore on. Dish explanations were quite helpful.
I highly recommend the lychee & tomato cherry curry. Rice is not included - charged as a side. Large enough portion for one person's full meal. The cod is very good but also pricey at £33! The sashimi was fresh and the sushi rolls ok (nothing to to talk about though). The chili salt squid and edamame are fine starters for the table. And the banoffee pie for dessert is delightful.
Being in London less than a week by this time, I hadn't found a meal I enjoyed until this one. And I know it wasn't the wine talking! Good food. Good quality. Pricey but won't break the bank if you steer clear of the expensive mains.
Little early for lunch right now but thinking of that curry has me hungry....
I've wanted to come here for a very long time, but it's always completely booked.
-book days/weeks in advance
-show up announced at 10pm on a Sunday night
I did the latter.
Ambiance was great: chic, nice decor, swanky but still casual
Drinks were excellent - put lychees in anything and I'm generally happy.
Food was scrumptious.
Big ups to dim sum:
-the pork & ginger gyoza was maybe the best gyoza I've had in my entire life
-spare ribs were soft and tasty
Okay, I get why it's always completely booked.
Notting Hill's own meat market, extraordinaire.
If there aren't singles mingling at the bar its probably dead in Notting Hill.
Well made cocktails and a deep selection of wines by the glass (Kirin on draught).
The pan Asian cuisine is very good. Try the cod Shu Mai!!
Yelp gives this $$, but I would say it is more like $$$. Fun food, very cool vibe and delish. It's easy to find the wrong places in touristy areas like Portobello Road, but this is not one of them. I would highly recommend making a reservation. The dumplings are great. I went with my husband but this is a great singles hang out. Very chic and fun and the food menu is unique and delish!
I have to start by saying, that I did not try their food. This was more of an after dinner drink place for us.
I really liked the bar. The bar tender was helpful and served good drinks. I also like the ambience. It was nice and laid back. The crowd did seem quite a bit pretencious.
I went with a group of 5 other people. So we had a great and made a party out of it. So I would say .. go check it out .. have some drink you never had before and live it up ~smile.
E&O is a trendy pan Asian restarant in the heart of Notting Hill which is very popular with locals. Serving a combination of Malaysian, Chinese and Japanese food in minimilist surrounds it has become a bit of a celebrity haunt.
I have been to E&O twice and enjoyed the food especially as I love Chinese food. The Vietnamese lemonade has an unusual but refreshing taste which complimented my dumpling and noodle dish.
There are other restaurants serving similar food which are cheaper and much less 'showy' but E&O is a stylish place which stands out.
Great drinks and friendly bar staff. Some of the best espresso martinis ever.
Used to come here quite a bit when I lived nearby, which explains why I was always broke!
I came here with a friend for his birthday since he really had a hankering for some Thai and we thought this pan-Asian restaurant would give us some high-quality options and variety.
Firstly, the service was absolutely flawless... courteous, swift, pleasant - I give an outright five stars to our waiter - he was incredible at making us feel welcome and obligingly answered all of our questions and requests.
We started with cocktails and a starter. I ordered the edamame, which I thought could have used a longer soak in some sea salt, but my friend was in love with his prawn dumplings. We both ordered the Pad Thai (since we were in a Thai mood, after all) - mine was veggie and he went for the prawns. This was perhaps the most "fresh" pad thai I've ever had; lots of veggies and not blatantly greasy (which I liked). I also thought the prices were pretty reasonable given the high quality of the food and service.
One note on the level of "hipness" that this place is notorious for - I just didn't get that vibe... I mean, it had a modernist twist, lots of black white, yes... but "hip"? I would say not-quite. It was really really crowded, and all the tables are shoved so close together that you're practically dining with the table next to you... plus, the noise level was more than a few decibels above what I consider imperative for a very chic or refined dining experience. Not that I didn't like it - I did. I'd come back on a casual nothing of a Thursday night - but I *do* wish we'd chosen elsewhere for his birthday dinner - and would not recommend it to others for semi-special occasions.
I used to live around the corner from this place and it was a regular celebrity haunt. I wondered what all the fuss was about so I tried it and the food was FABULOUS, probably some of the best food I have ever had. Bad for the hips but oh so delicious!
However, Pretty pricey and the atmosphere could do with a shake up.
Style over substance - that's how I would summarize this review.
E & O is where to go if you want to impress someone...maybe 3rd or 4th date worthy. The crowd is always stylish, and the cocktails are among the best in the area. The food however is a bit underwhelming considering you'll spend a week's salary before you leave. It's not bad, it's just that I'm usually skeptical of "Asian Fusion" and they seem to pull if off to a meet a minimum grade. I find it ridiculous that they would have pad thai on the menu and charge twice what you could get from anywhere else.
Pros: excellent service, great bar, cocktails
Cons: small portions, very expensive, must book in advance
We had lunch here recently and the food was delicious, unfortunately I cannot say the same about the service. The staff were quite rude and we couldn't pay with card so my husband had to go and get some cash around the corner.
I came here to duck out of the rain in the mid afternoon and was pleasantly surprised to find great food, interesting drinks and accommodating staff.
We tried the Gyzoza, Pork Belly, Pork Ribs, Watermelon and Duck salad and had non-alcoholic drinks spiked with booze. When you don't want to feel guilty about drinking in the mid-afternoon one must hide it in a ginger smoothie.
The food was really tasty and the drinks were great. There was a mix of hipsters with crazy mustaches and hand tattoos and mums with toddlers. Odd mix, but then again, it was 3 in the afternoon.
The coffee was delicious but it was had a ton of chocolate powder when it was supposed to be a non-chocolate drink. Whatevers, a little bit of cacao didn't hurt anybody.
I think the statement that its a cheaper Nobu really hit it on the head.
Finally an asian fusion place that reminds me of all the great places in San Francisco. We went on a Tuesday night at around 10PM and eventhought he place was pretty full we were able to get a table.
The food was excellent and the prices (surprise, surprise for London and especially Notting Hill) were reasonable.
I would suggest to everyone to order a sample of starters as they are all delicious.
I had a friend from Singapore in town and headed to E & O.
Good Pan Asian food and stuck to the starters only and they were very good. They had a diverse selection thought all sounded interested.
I am pleased PAN ASIAN FUSION food is getting more popular and common in London.
Tuna Sashimi was tasty and reliable. The Pork Belly was lovely. The waiter was good and recommendations were spot on.
Cocktails were good and flash just what you want when a Corporate is paying.
Very trendy crowd.
If I had to pay I may think about going again.
While I was in London last fall, my birthday arrived, and I gathered with a good-sized group of friends in the little bistro area near the bar in the front of E&O. We were a very disorganized bunch, and having more fun photographing ourselves with a DSLR and making impromptu experimental films on my Flip, than figuring out our orders. My friends were ordering little dishes to share, left, right and center, and our waiter handled it all like a pro.
Everything I tried was delish - both food and drinks. People would go outside to smoke, and we could talk to them through the open window adjacent to our banquette. A stranger at the bar took a group photo for us. So, the vibe that night was very friendly, moreso than I might have thought, given the place's posh appearance.
Overall, some wonderful memories in that little place on a corner in Notting Hill.
I've been to E & O now probably 4 times. I don't love it here, but I don't dislike it, and I will probably go back. I can't exactly pinpoint it - maybe I just think the menu could use a bit more direction. For instance, it has Spicy Tuna rolls, Pad Thai, curry and watermelon duck salad - Japanase, Thai, Indian and Chinese (hopefully I got that right...). There's just really no need for all the variety unless it's all really good. Don't get me wrong, its not bad at all. It's just A-OK, as my 3 star rating suggests. If you like celeb spotting, not a bad idea to check it out. I've seen Emma Thompson, and the Slumdog Millionaire couple here.
Excellent atmosphere and terrific food (dumplings, ribs, calamari,etc). Staff was helpful with recommendations and overall the service was good.
I've grown to love this restaurant. I thought it was a bit overpriced when I went there years ago, but after trying countless other restaurants in this neck of the woods, I realized this is par for the course. Also, I've been there enough times that I've weeded out the dishes that just aren't that great (in my opinion) and am faithful to a number of items that never fail to please.
Personal favourites include the chili-salt squid, the duck, watermelon and cashew salad, duck pancakes and a great chili flavoured chicken. The sushi/sashimi is consistently above average.
The bar is also good fun - lots of amazing cocktails and people watching on the street.
We have coined this palce the cheaper version of Nobu. The sushi melts in your mouth while bursting with flavor. The sushi couldn't be more fresh. The fried rice has a special ingredient that just makes you want more and more. Everything we ordered was devoured in 3 seconds. I can't write a review without talking about the miso cod. We have found over the years that it's a dish that can easily be 'messed up' but E&O did it perfectly! I just wish they had more sushi items on the menu.
When I arrived to this restaurant, I was intrigued from the outside it looks like a bunker concealed from the outside world by its wood blinds. Once inside it was a minimal style decor space, very designy, so far so good. The menu was easy on me, as it had few options but they all sound good, so I decided trying the £35 menu, that way I could try many items for a fixed price, I love that concept, and I must say ,it was delicious, specially the pak choi with the steamed ginger rice, it is slightly pricey but a great lunch option.
I have been to E and O just the one time, and I was pleasantly surprised. It is very trendy inside, with a minimalist décor. This was quite exciting for me, as my friend bought a house nearby and wanted me to give him a hand with decorating, he's a good friend so I though why not.
When his wife got home from work, she was so impressed with how much we got done, that she wanted to treat me to a meal. She took us to E and O, and I kind of felt out of place as I was in a jeans which had a bit of paint on them. I think that we were quite lucky that it was around 4pm, otherwise I wouldn't have been allowed in.
Still, that didn't stop me from enjoying a fantastic Dim Sum. Some Asian restaurant make a big song and dance about their dim sum but then really let you down, E and O was one of the best I have had, I was starving after a hard days work and everything was so fresh that you could tell that each dish had come straight from being cooked, so tasty. As for the prices, we all had dim sum and our table must have seen about 20 dishes, including drinks, that being the tradition Jasmine Tea, the bill was around £120, I thought that was reasonable really, as it was such a trendy place, and supposedly popular with celebrities.
Very flash, very modern, with Asian food, a dining area, and fancy cocktails. But just not my sort of place. Despite being wooed with free promotional rum (timinator.wordpress.com/…) , it was a bit too flash, with too many posers, for me to want to come back.
I like this place but there are more suitable places for me to imbide in the area. the food's good but just so. I wouldn't be against another visit, but I doubt it would be my idea.
One of my favourite places in London, consistently great Asian food, mixing mainly Japanese and Thai. Service is typically friendly and pro and the places is always packed, which is the only downside... but you can often get lucky later at night for the second service. A great bar too overlooking Kensington Park Road and the Portobello crowd, with great cocktails and always lots of buzz.
A great bar/restaurant specialising in modern, asian food. Sushi, dim sum, noodles, blackened cod, stir fries are all thrown together with great aplomb. Essential to book ahead, but worth the visit. Always busy, always lively. Only downside is bar is very very cramped! And although it sits at the top of the league in terms of food, ambience, locations & desirability it thankfully drops a few places in terms of price. Definitely worth a visit. Check out its sister restaurant Eight Over Eight in Kings Road too!
I know it's not cool to admit anymore, but a spotting a celebrity still excites me and makes me grin. My trip to E&O gave me two in one - Stella McCartney and Damon Albarn in the same room at lunch, midweek (they weren't together I hasten to add). Anyway, that aside, E&O has food to die for if you love pan Asian food this is great. Favourites? Sticky spare ribs were delicious, tempura with its perfect batter and above all else black cod, which took my taste buds to heaven. It's a little pricey here, but great for a fabulous lunch close to Portobello but away from the crowds - take a good friend, invest in a bottle of wine or two, eat amazing food - and take turns to scan the room (discreetly) for famous faces
A classy estabishment, good for just a few drinks or to go in the back room and have a full meal. Service was good and efficent and not bad on the price front.
E&O is a nice place to eat. It serves classic fusion fare, has a good bar and also seats people outside, very handy for those summer Notting Hill nights. It has a good bustle too. But at the same time it is the kind of place that risks killing Notting Hill's old bo-ho charm, with its expensive food and throngs of people with expensive clothes and expensive tastes! So while the food is good and the atmosphere is buzzing, value for money it is not.
Mostly a drinking and meeting place for successful twentysomethings with better than average bar food. Service was excellent but conversation difficult because of the noise.
Great asian Fusion Cuisine. The atmosphere is chic yet relaxed in the Restaurant Part and chic and crowded in the Bar Part This was the Place i had my First try of edamame as an Appetizer. It was 5 or 6 years ago and Nobody knew what it was back then ;-))
Great value, great food - service only okay.
Atmosphere great and location fab !!!
delicious cocktails. non-memorable (but not disgusting) food. the edamame w/soy sauce was nice!
I have been on two first dates here and have decided it's the perfect venue for them. Of course there's the Asian fusion food which is fabulous. But only a foolish first-dater would commit to an entire meal with someone who, let's face it, might bore your pants off within five minutes/pick their nose/eat with their mouth open/yell at the waiters. So in E&O we have the perfect compromise. It's very lively, which provides some much needed noise when conversation peters out. Plus, it's dimly-lit - great if you have lied about your age/height/looks. What's more you can order some finger food there and try and eat it sexily with chopsticks (I have not managed this yet). Crucially, the loos are a good way from the bar downstairs, and it's easy to slip away home from them unnoticed if sparks don't fly. I'm obviously being a little negative. You might get on famously, in which case you have the fun of trying to secure a table in the restaurant - impossible if you're a muggle and haven't booked years in advance, but quite easy from 10pm. I went on a first date here recently and it didn't disappoint, although no sparks.
Nice food, friendly place. Good for take aways. Friendly staff.
despite a little attitude and the place being hectic, its always worth a visit. good cocktails and range of interesting dishes. you could easily be in NYC given the overall quality of the food, decor and experience. clearly, its popular for a reason.
Went to this place last night and the food was amazing!!! What a nice menu, I would totally recomend it. they have the best black cod. Quite pricey but worth every penny. Thanks for a great evening x
I don't know how many times I walked past this little gem without dismissing its misleading black and unglamorous exterior, making me believe a dingy bar with smelly fitted carpet was hiding inside. In all honesty, I never even bothered looking through the windows. After being invited to dinner there by a friend, this is definitely on my list of places to return to. Any place that has black cod on the menu does it for me, really. It was a little piece of heaven, and a bittersweet experience having it as the portion (which is usually the case with black cod) wasn't particularly large. The sushi selection isn't huge, but our sashimi and rolls were fresh and tasty. The duck salad was interesting and something I'll be ordering again. All of these overshadowed the pad thai, but as a pad thai on its own it ticked all the boxes. Did I mention they have black cod there? Great food, good service. A good option for a smart/casual dine when you want to stay away from the chains.
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