Kitchen W8

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For understated Michelin-starred charm, look no further than Kitchen W8. Just off the main drag, on an unassuming stretch of street, this dining room exudes refinement with its orderly white table linen and smooth, unstuffy service. Furnished in a muted colour palette, a few olive green banquettes breaking what otherwise might be monotony, there’s nothing remotely ostentatious here. The restaurant is busy throughout the week and at weekends, with diners in the know coming for the pedigree: founding partner Philip Howard is co-owner of both the Square in Mayfair and the Ledbury in Notting Hill. The menu is modern English with a French complexity, its delicate mains featuring the finest seasonal ingredients. A pretty starter of heritage tomatoes with marinated peppers was served at an exacting temperature to bring out the flavours. A main of Cornish pollock was a delightfully fresh fillet accompanied by a novel swirl of cocoa bean purée. Desserts come into their own with characterful concoctions such as roasted hazelnut parfait with sea salt caramel ice-cream and chocolate-soaked brioche. The set lunch and dinner menus are one of the better-value ways to enjoy Michelin-starred cuisine in London.

Venue name: Kitchen W8
Address: 11-13 Abingdon Road
W8 6AH
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat; 12.30-3pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: High Street Kensington tube
Price: Main courses £19.95-£29.50. Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £21 2 courses, £23 3 courses. Set dinner (Mon-Fri) £22 2 courses, £25 3 courses
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I have a huge amount of time for this restaurant having been at the weekend on the recommendation of a regular restaurant eating friend. I had the Raviolo of Lamb’s Sweetbread with a Fondue of New Season’s Onions to start and found it the best dish I have eaten all year. The filet of Sea Trout wasn't quite as impressive but still delicious. We ended by sharing the Bitter Chocolate Pavé which was light and incredibly well balanced. We will be going back as soon as possible


I'd read good reviews about this place so i thought i'd take my mum there. We did not receive a very warm welcome by the girl at the front desk. We were just a few minutes early and she obviously wasnt happy to accommodate us, even though we were happy to just sit in the corner for a moment. The rest of the staff were very friendly. The food tasted very nice but the portions were miniscule. I would have expected much more for the price. There was no music, no atmosphere and the £7.90 service charge was automatically added to the bill. Whilst i am more than happy to leave a tip, i understand that it is discretionary, not compulsary. I wont be going there again.