Been there twice in one month, ordered different things on the menu each time, were so impressed I am already planning my third visit this week. A small menu in which everything is a highlight. Sophisticated food, impeccable service, great lively lovely but relaxed atmosphere on our second visit on a Friday when it was a full house.
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Time Out says
Posted: Thu May 30 2013
Notting Hill suavity versus hearty peasant cooking: who wins? Notting Hill, of course, and Colchis – serene in its stuccoed townhouse – presents a smartly turned-out form of Georgian cuisine, with the rough edges smoothed out. An eager-to-help, proudly Georgian waiter got the meal off to a dashing start, and the varied list of traditional starters increased the appeal. Khinkali dumplings being unavailable on our trip, chicken bazhe filled the slot well: chunks of straight-from-the-grill chicken breast in a walnut sauce that – like Middle Eastern fesenjoon – expertly balanced creaminess and tang, a wedge of polenta-like gomi providing ballast. Khachapuri cheese bread comes in three varieties (including boat-shaped with an egg yolk), but main courses are limited to four types of mtsvadi (shashlik) skewers, presented on a wooden board with pristine rocket and tomato salad; salmon arrived nicely seared and succulent, with a little pot of salsa. To ‘Georgianise’ the dish, we asked for the optional pomegranate nectar, which added fruity zestiness just as the big helping of fish started to pall. Honey cake (two warm chocolate and nut sandwich fingers) was a highlight, as was the glass of intense, dry Georgian Mukuzani wine. With a polished wooden floor, jazz soundtrack and sensitively lit front bar, Colchis dovetails perfectly into the neighbourhood.
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Colchis 39 Chepstow Place
- Venue phone:
020 7221 7620
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- Opening hours:
Bar Open/meals served 6pm-midnight Mon-Fri; 10am-midnight Sat; 10am-11pm Sun. Restaurant open/meals served 6-11pm Mon-Fri; 10am-11pm Sat; 10am-10pm Sun
Tube: Bayswater or Notting Hill Gate tube
Main courses £15-£25.50. Meal for two with wine and service: around £90
- 39 Chepstow Place
- 020 7221 7620
- 39 Chepstow Place
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4.7 / 5
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Beautiful place, unique food but absolutely delicious! Recommend to visit it, I know we will come back again!
Went for dinner on 30 December - table for four. Absolutely deserted (only one Georgian family apart from us), but that was to be expected between Christmas and the New Year. Music a bit loud and dynamic but nice interior, smiling and friendly staff, excellent service and delicious food (this from someone who has been living in Georgia for several years and is married to an excellent cook). Reasonably good selection of Georgian wine - two or three whites and five reds (a selection of Saperavi reds from 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 etc.). The choice of Georgian wine will apparently increase in 2012. Delicious /pkhali/, excellent /khachapuri/, very good /ajapsandali/ for starters, followed by a wonderful pheasant /chakhokhbili/ with /ghomi/ "chips" (the star of the show), a good steak 'cooked slowly in Saperavi wine' with a small but tasty "hat" of cooked spinach with garlic, a couple of nice pork and veal /mtsvadi/ with /tkhemali/ and chips, and an un-Georgian but delicious sea bass in a salt crust. Dessert quite good too but nothing Georgian (the chef is Italian - only one Georgian waitress): cooked apple and pear with /matsoni/ (actually yoghurt mixed with sour cream), panna cotta with melted dark chocolate and hazelnuts (another winner). The place had, alas!, run out of /chacha/ and Georgian cognac... Roughly £30 per person without wine (or Borjomi, which they have!) and all in all a really excellent dinner! A good Georgian in London, at last!, even if it is aiming for the top end of the range.