Small & Beautiful

Restaurants, European Kilburn
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This Kilburn High Road restaurant and bar is certainly small - whether you think it beautiful depends on your view of dining rooms with an informal hint of the Med about them. Chairs hanging from the skylight, a colourful ceiling print and a copy of Botticelli's Birth of Venus give things an intriguing bit of quirk. 

There's an Italian slant to the food menu, though cuisines from elsewhere are an influence too. Expect an offer ranging from antipasto misto, tricolore salads and spaghetti carbonara to fish cakes with coriander, spring onions and a sweet chilli sauce, pork schnitzel and 'puffy duck' - a dish of roast duck with leek honey and mixed herbs wrapped in puff pastry and served with a Grand Marnier sauce. 

A keenly priced wine list features a good selection by the glass - kicking off with house red or white at £3.45. The list focuses on the old world, though bottles from South Africa, Australia, Chile and even Brazil also feature. 

Keep an eye out for live music on occasion, too. 

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Small & Beautiful says
We offer continental European cuisine at affordable prices. We strive to run a family-style business with all our staff aiming to provide an efficient and attentive service
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Venue name: Small & Beautiful
Address: 351-353 Kilburn High Road
Transport: Tube: Kilburn tube/Brondesbury rail/16, 32 bus
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Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Good and service impeccable. Ambience second to none. The best restaunteur in town.

Was a cold day and the restaurant was packed with visitors. Inside was cozy and smelled good cuisine and freshly ground coffee. was November 26, 2011, it was the birthday of a guy named Kesho. I want to believe that since then nothing has changed. (the book "The Gift of the Gods")

Awefull creepy flirty waiter, really bad service my friends pizza finally came 10 minutes after we were finished. Pizza had no taste. Salmon was nice. Owner said it out own choice for eating there and will not offer any discount our very late meal Will never go back

I love the Small and Beautiful. It's sweet, cosy, charming and the food is great, especially for the money (but don't think that means it's substandard - it really isn't it's really genuinely good)! The squid starter is always excellent, as is the Ajvar (spicy vegetarian red pepper pate) and the feta stuffed peppers. I have never had a main I don't like there but particular stars for the pork schnitzel and mushroom sauce and 'Tiger island' - a massive portion of mussels and prawns with a delicious broth - great with chips. The wines are fine and cheap and the portions are very generous. It's good, and not just good for the price (although the prices are unbelievably reasonable).

Can't believe timeout have given this 2 stars! It's awesome! Great food, atmosphere, nice staff, eyebrow-raisingly cheap. Highly recommended.

Went to this cozy little restaurant last night for dinner with my two girlfriends and was pretty impressed with their quantities- were quite generous.Two of us had the pizza deal with a soft drink for 6 quid and the other had a greek salad which had generous portions.For desserts, the mango sorbet was really nice.However, the lumpy bumpy chocolate dessert was a bit too sweet for our liking.A meal for 3 of us with our soft drinks and desserts came up to 30 quid and whilst it was a bit annoying that they didnt accept card,we were able to pay our respective shares with cash though the waiter was a bit confused with dealing with giving us the change.A pleasant experience barring the fact that one waiter would keep hovering around our table from time to time to ask us if we were finished and ready to move on to the next course.Barring that,it is a nice,cosy place and I would definitely visit again.

My boyfriend and I strolled down to the next town along to check out this cute little restaurant that had been described to me as ‘Cheap & Cheerful’ by friends. However I’d read the online reviews and most shamed the restaurant for its poor service, cold food, and the hand written menu’s. But I completely disagree with the reviews. Firstly, I loved the hand written Menu’s, it was a very unique touch. And the food that was served to us – hot food may I point out – was absolutely scrumptious. I couldn’t fault it. We ate every last scrap. We each had our own starter and then shared some Potato skins, and all three were delicious. As for the mains, my Salmon was lovely, very large for such a small price (I paid £20 for a salmon last week that wasn’t nearly as nice, this was £5.95)). However, as delicious as my Salmon was, I felt incredible food envy when my boyfriends lamb was presented to him. My mouth actually watered. Upon tasting his, I knew I’d made the wrong to decision to go with the Salmon. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed my fish. And finally the service- okay, so it wasn’t the most spectacular service I’ve ever had, but it was still service with a smile, and that’s all that matters right? Our drinks came quick, as did our food, so no complaints there. I was however disappointed to discover from the waitress that there was no Vanilla Cheesecake left, ten minutes after I had ordered it, and was waiting for it fork in hand. But I was so impressed with our starters and mains that I could easily let it slide (not to mention I would have had to unzip my jeans upon attempting to eat it). The nicest surprise of all, was just how cheap Small and Beautiful is. And for such good food – it’s almost a wonder how they make any money. I’d definitely recommend it as a great place for a romantic date, or for a small group of friends. I can absolutely see myself eating at Small & Beautiful again. If only to order that lamb! Notes: - You can get a Pizza and a beer for £6 - Small and Beautiful serve Breakfast everyday till 5pm, ideal for late risers like me - At Christmas time a set menu is available – a 3 course meal, £20 per person; perfect for staff parties - Small & Beautiful only accept cash or cheques. They do not accept cards which is fairly annoying – however, it’s situated on the busy high street which has plenty of cash points dotted closely around.

I must admit to being fairly startled by the bad reviews here - personally I'd tend to agree with the Time Out review and Emma's. Over the past four or five years I've frequented Small and Beautiful maybe a dozen times when visiting The Luminaire (which tragically closes this very evening) as both a punter and promoter. Many of the bands that have played shows for us at the Lumi have chosen to dine at S&B, and all have given glowing feedback afterwards. The food and service have been dependably pleasant, and the minor-but-welcome complimentary flourishes such as olives and bread whilst ordering add to the cosy, welcoming atmosphere. I can only vouch for the meat-free options (I particularly recommend the vegetarian wellington) but there is a decent selection given the relatively small menu, and my meals there have always been hearty, tasty and well-priced. Small & Beautiful is unquestionably my principle recommendation for cheap eats in this part of town.