Opened in 1997, Assaggi was in its early years a modish spot; although the fashionistas have moved on since, the first-floor dining room remains busy, with many customers greeted like long-lost relatives. The interior is low-key, with a breezy colour scheme in peach and blue; the sash windows allow much natural light into the room. As the menu is written entirely in Italian, it is a pleasing tradition to listen to the passionate recital of dishes from the maitre d’. The style is relaxed and informal, but there’s nothing frivolous about the cooking. A dressing of squid ink brought to life an otherwise spartan chargrilled cuttlefish and artichoke salad. Soft gnocchi served with an intensely flavoured venison and tomato ragu made us sigh with pleasure. Tender veal cutlet with deep-fried potato strings and a rosemary-infused jus hit all the right spots too. We ended with fabulous cheeses, and a classic Assaggi dessert: fluffy baverese (vanilla cream) doused with espresso coffee. The wine list offers a brief tour of Italy. Assaggi has never been a cheap restaurant, but every visit we've paid has made its seem an enduringly compelling destination.
39 Chepstow Place
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri 12.30-2.30pm, 6.30-10pm; Sat 1-3pm, 6.30-10pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Bayswater, Notting Hill Gate or Queensway|
|Price:||Main courses £19.80-£29.95|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:0
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:1
Loved this place. A bit confused by the one-star review below (or possibly above?) as service was extremely attentive without being overbearing and food beautifully presented (starting with the Italian language menu) and tasted as good as it looked. Very fortunate to sneak in without a reservation, seems to have a loyal local following. Would recommend.
We love this place. The service food and overall experience is consistently good. I'm just worried it now might be a little harder to get a table with time out's spot on review.
Travelled all the way from Westminister Bridge to Notting Hill because of a couple of great reviews. Save your money. The reasons for them losing their Michelin star were obvious. Started well with nice servers but went bad quickly. The appetizers arrived with the cocktails and we had to beg them to slow down the service. the mains were almost un-eatable. I told the server that I'd let him know when we were ready for the next course. It was a frito misto and it hit the table no more than 60 seconds after I gave him the signal. The dish had clearly been under heat lamp. Oily and barely warm. The chef came out and got angry at our questioning his work. By the way, he claimed to have fried the seafood in olive oil. That just does not work as the oil can not get hot enough to handle a batter. Surprise surprise, the service dried up and we just asked for the bill. No adjustment...no tip. Stay away. This is one of the worst restaurant experiences I have ever had. This is also the first time I have left any kind of restaurant review. I'm really not one to complain. Disaster.