8 Station Terrace

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Kensal Rise

Brilliant Kids Café held their last children's party few months ago, vacating this site for a more grown-up neighbourhood spot.

It’s now a brasserie serving breakfasts, Sunday brunches and roasts, and Square Mile coffee. Snacks include sausage rolls, leek and goat’s cheese tart with salad, or soup. In the evening the tempo shifts a bit, with the odd table occupied by parties of convivial drinkers, but the majority of customers are local residents grateful for a cosy new place to eat.

The brief menu is modern without being slavish to fashion, and more Nigel than Jamie. A salad of lentils, spinach leaves, green beans, hazelnuts, roasted beetroot and feta perhaps had one ingredient too many, but the result was nonetheless pleasing and, at £7 for a generous portion, good value.

A risotto of fresh peas, broad beans, mint and parmesan wasn’t the sort of dish you’d impress a north Italian with, but for home-style cooking, it was well made and only cost £8.

The rest of the menu follows the simple-but-satisfying route: steak sandwich, lamb rump with rösti, grilled sea bream fillet with salsa verde and roast tomatoes.

Our prune and almond tart (£4) was a decent version, though the scoop of clotted cream accompanying it could have been more generous.

The wine list is brief – perhaps too brief – with six low-priced wines sold by the glass. But these are served in tumblers not proper stemware, which cramps the wine bouquets – so there’s no point in spending on better wines anyway.

The real appeal of 8 Station Terrace is that it’s affordable and has a good atmosphere, helped along by smiling but rather amateur service. When the lights are turned down and the music not too intrusive – the delightful Felix Laband and Nuyorican Soul playing on our visit – it’s a neighbourhood place you’re happy to linger in.

Venue name: 8 Station Terrace
Contact:
Address: 8 Station Terrace
London
NW10 5RT
Opening hours: Open 8am-9.30pm Mon-Sat, 9am-7pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Kensal Rise rail
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £40

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James Renwick

Myself and my girlfriend go to Station 8 for breakfast almost every weekend. It's fairly expensive (around £9 for a full-english) but to be fair it's the best breakfast I've had in London - and I've had a lot of breakfasts. The guys that run the place are really nice and friendly and the ambience is perfect for a lazy morning breakfast. Highly recommended.

paul Jason

I'm not sure what I like most about Station 8, the exceptional food or the great relaxed atmosphere, both excellent on every visit. Always greeted by staff that are friendly, polite, helpful and with a smile this is one restaurant worth heading to - simply perfect and delicious.