I had a great meal at Notting Hill Brasserie - the food was top-notch and the service was of similar quality (apart from a small mistake by the waitstaff on when salads were to be brought to the table - i.e. with the appetizers or the main courses). The chips here (triple cooked!) are incredible. My Sea Bass with Herb Gnocchi and Squash Puree was similarly dynamite - crispy skin, juicy and flavorful fish, melt in your mouth creamy pasta. Interestingly, I would also pay attention to the bread - a variety of choices, all of which were deliciously warm, soft, crusty, and rich.
I would warn prospective diners about the vibe here: veeeeery relaxed and surprisingly formal. You are greeted by a piano player turning lounge classics; the restaurant is dimly lit, well manicured, and quieter than any other brasserie that I've ever been to. Which is great if the in-laws or parents are in town (or perhaps for a low-key, romantic night out with the significant other) - but not so much if you are looking for a lively meal or a scene with lots of buzz.
Especially if you call Notting Hill home, the namesake Brasserie is a very good choice for a meal. Just don't suggest it as a pre-game for a big night out.
Hadn't been here in a long time and they have redecorated since, so expectations were when I took my parents here for Sunday lunch with the kids.
Unfortunately the nanny room is no longer there. A real shame. The jazz element to the Sunday Jazz Lunch was a pianist in the lobby which could only be heard through speakers in the diningrooms.
Service was not great, and definitely far away from the trademark super-service it used to be. We waited and waited throughout the visit. They screwed up the orders. And they got our bill completely wrong. I only noticed because my dad hadn't brought his glasses so I looked at it.
Food was good, but not wow.
Still worth a visit, but such a shame to see a place go backwards from fantastic to just OK.
Notting Hill Brasserie was very nice but not really me , I did'nt know wether to
eat the food or put it on the wall as art work. Atmosphere was if you could afford it then its ok to eat here, the staff were efficient and on hand if you needed them. But I would'nt go again i like a good atmosphere and I felt like I did'nt fit in.
I recently dined here with friends and had a really lovely time. Located in the heart of Notting Hill, this chic restaurant has a romantic feel to it. The decor is neutral, ceilings high, and opposite our table there was a man playing on the piano. The service was excellent, I didn't order a starter as I wanted to save space for a dessert :-)
I had the Chicken main course - roast breast with wild mushroom risotto and artichoke purée - it was absolutely delicious. Followed by my favourite dessert combination: Fondant - warm chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream. One word - yummy!
I wasn't sure what to wear but opted for smart casual, as this is Notting Hill! I wore my high-waisted J Brand Doll jeans with a silk floral blouse and heels. Everyone looked smartly dressed - men in trousers and shirt, and quite a few women were wearing cocktail style dresses, but it was a Saturday night. There was no pretentious feel to this place.
Location: It's within walking distance from Notting Hill Gate Underground Station (approx 10 mins), or I hitched a lift from my friend as they have a K&C parking permit, so we ended up parking just opposite the restaurant.
The outside of this restaurant (and its name for that matter) is not indicative of what awaits you inside - an utterly sophisticated, white tableclothed affair. Fortunately, I went there on a special occasion (taking parents out to dinner) because while the food is special, prices are high.
You pass through a quite grown-up lounge/bar with a piano before entering the dining rooms which, in spite of most of our fellow diners, did not feel too stuffy. Chairs are plush, the floors are hardwood and there is interesting artwork on the walls. The waitstaff is deferential but friendly.
And the food was superb. From the bread (I still think about the raisin and walnut rolls which I could NOT stop eating...) through to well-portioned starters (perfect scallops) and mains (exquisite monkfish), everything was excellent. Dessert was a decadent chocolate thing and we all practically rolled home.
I eat a lot of lunches and this is the best lunch I have ever had in London. The food was outstanding. And probably mid to expensive of the range but wonderful. Service very discreet. Decor a bit early 90s. Location a bit of a schlep from town. But wonderful wonderful food. Incredible.
I have eaten at hundreds of restaurants in London but this is up there with Galvins as one of the best I've had the good fortune to visit.
It's got all the ingredients of a superlative night out. Numerous attentive staff anticipate your every need before it's occurred to you. There's the ambience: live but unobtrusive jazz emanates from the bar area, where divine peach cream kir slips down nicely. And then there's the food.
On a recent mid-week visit, there was no sign of the credit crunch, but instead the buzz of plenty of well-heeled locals settling in at the generous, well spaced tables. And once you have settled into the comfortable chairs, it's hard to leave this intimate, low-lit setting which inhabits several converted Edwardian townhouses.
When I visited, I found myself moaning with pleasure over the immaculately presented dishes. Mouthwatering, melt-in-the-mouth tuna with soft shell crab appeared, with imaginative accompaniments, followed by tender monkfish drizzled with an artichoke sauce. Portions were a little modest when I visited - apple tart arrived with a single full stop of ice cream beside it - but the intensity of the flavour means you savour every mouthful.
The only downside to the Notting Hill Brasserie is the price, with main courses costing around £25but trust me, it's worth every penny.
The lunch menu here is delicious. It makes me hungry just thinking about it. The service is very good - you hardly notice them unless you want to get involved in chit-chat and the decor is very clean and bright... sparkly almost. Try the chocolate desert for a lovely little treat ;o)
If you are a chip connoisseur get yourself here shortish, this place has arguably the best chips in London fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside bliss remember to ask for the hollandaise sauce to dip them in. This restaurant has been serving up reliable and honest food for years and is still going strong. The design means that every table feels more private than at most places so it is ideal for a date or a special occasion. Service is excellent and friendly without being over bearing, every time I have visited I have had a member of staff sitting with me by the end after much coercion from me. I would like to recommend other things on the menu but I always opt for steak and chips and cant bring myself to stray, I have it on good advice that other dishes are equally good. Go on treat your other half and take them here, just as long as you don't forget the hollandaise sauce!
it was like night and day tonight, may 17th, compared to many enjoyable meals previously taken here. Tonight started off with a greeting at the door that a teenager could have handled better....not professional at all. It was the first sign that perhaps this place may have been sold recently and the new personnel simply don't give a damn about the reputation this previously wonderful place once had. My prediction -- it will be shuttered within 6 months. The previous "top notch" restaurant has lost all its laurels.
Following the very cold and impersonal welcome, it continued with the pony tailed waitress we had....surprised she wasn't chewing gum. It took her 15 minutes to come to our table to take an apperitif order....and we were the only table in the room. She just simply had to complete her conversation with the other waiters. Food was mediocre. Service was impersonal. No connection with the customer. It was as if it was an imposition for her to wait on us tonight.
The food: an "okay" foie gras terrine, but the scallop dish and the seared tuna were tasteless. Two of us had the overpriced (GBP32.5) beef that was also tasteless (consistency here!) and stringy. The lemon sole was so overbreaded that one could simply not taste the fish.....or was it mystery meat?
Sorry.....it was not a memorable evening. But not to worry....after coming here for over five years, we will not be coming back. Too many other wonderful places in this part of London.....certainly not worth the journey.
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