Innovative, modern Iberian cooking in Notting Hill, with Portuguese chef Luis Baena serving up more hits than misses.
The Portuguese have a passion for salt cod. At this cool, air-conditioned bar and restaurant in Nottihg Hill, you can have it served in a delicate starter-sized portion, perfectly rinsed (a labour-intensive process), fried with egg and straw potatoes then rendered into a fibrous paste; quite unilke the more rustic versions in most other restaurants. But the chef here, Luis Baena, likes to experiment and push boundaries. Some of the dishes are Iberian rather than Portuguese; the intense flavour of Spanish pata negra ham paired with succulent bone marrow, served in the bone. The best foil for these was the basket of excellent sourdoughs and Vollkornbrot from Bread Bread, Bridget Hugo’s award-winning bakery in Brixton.
The starters were a tremendous kick-off, too high a standard to keep up for long. Portuguese food is not one of the great cuisines of the world, but this hasn’t stopped executive chef Luis Baena from doing his best to modernise this menu with good ingredients, small plates and innovative combinations. Squid rings were fried until crisp with a tender bite; the intense tomato sauce was also good, but together in a small bowl with chunks of beetroot, the combination was too busy. The tendency towards fuss reached its peak with a dessert which had more disparate elements pulling in different directions than the Portuguese economy: in this case, deep-fried greengage, quartered strawberries, ice cream and sail-like biscuits – stuck into cinnamon cakes. But stick to the simpler dishes and you’ll be fine.
|Venue name:||Notting Hill Kitchen||Contact:|
92 Kensington Park Road
|Opening hours:||Lunch served noon-2.30pm Wed-Fri; 11.30am-2.30pm Sat, Sun. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Wed-Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Notting Hill Gate|
|Price:||Main courses £17-£23. Tapas £2.50-£17.50|
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I Had "dinner" at the bar with a friend and we were both blown away from the food,the service and tge grwat buzz. Tapas style dining so the dishes are not huge but the flavours are big! Every dish was mouthwateringly delicious! We started with one of the Mini Iberico Pork Burger, the Pata Negra and the spider crab brioche to share and all were amazing! we followed with the Chorizo platter and the slow cooked pork cheek dish...also very tasty. Then came the star of the show , Alentejo hills ( Bone Marrow with para negra on toasted sour dough bread) - Stunning! We stayed quite late and the buzz was great, the music just about the right level and a very hood crowd. Finally, the service was great, the bartender/waiter was grwat and he really knew his stuff - his choice of wine to match our food and for a cocktails after food was perfect.
I shared brunch with friends today at Notting Hill Kitchen. The food was sensational. We had jamon croquetas, lamb chops as startets; and octopus and rice and aubergine and hazelnut salad as mains. Cherie parfait as we finished a light bottle of red. I wish I could finish every Sunday like this. Thank you all the staff of NHK. YUMM
Had a great Thursday evening at the bar with a few friends. Started drinking a very well priced (recommended by the bartender) Spanish wine and a had variety of tapas to go with it. The buzz at the bar was great and the tapas were excellent. Strongly recommend the Spider Crab Brioche, the lamb chops and the truffle egg yolk. The cocktails were unusual and really good as well. Will be coming back for sure ...
Had heard a lot of mixed reviews on the restaurant and decided to try for myself. Went on a failry quiet night but it worked out extremly well. Went with the family and we started tby having a drink at the bar. The bartender was extremly nice and while the bar wasnt full it had a good buzz. Didnt try the tapas but will come back soon to do so. We were then taken to our table and immediatly presented with an excellent bread choice and amazing olive oil. While the restaurant was far from full we had to wait a bit for the menus and service could have been sharper. That said the waiter recommended us a Spanish wine that was delicious and very well priced. In any case what followed was outstanding! Both starters and mains were spot on. On the mains, my personnal preferences lead me to try the berlengas sword fish whish was a clear 5 out of 5, but the grilled porc neck was at the same level.. On the desert side, the nata was excellent while the cheesecake less so! Overall it was an great dinning experience and looking forward to coming back...
Very good & friendly. I had alheira sausage, pork cheeks & pastel de nata as desert. Have to confess it was one of the best meals I had lately in London.