A Danish restaurant in Notting Hill.
A bright, clean jewel in the centre of Notting Hill, Danish café-slash-restaurant Snaps + Rye is the true embodiment of that near-untranslatable Scandi philosophy, hygge. Its founders define hygge as a state of being beyond cosyness, “where all your senses are evoked by just feeling good”. And while total sensory satisfaction might sound like a pretty high bar for such a humble space, which by day serves open sandwiches and pastries, Snaps + Rye raises it.
Sensory nirvana begins with the service. I’m ushered into the simple, well-lit room by a waiter so genuinely welcoming I mistake her for the owner. She talks us through the four-course evening set menu (available Thursday-Saturday) with the kind of passion and knowledge that’s infectious. The cuisine here is Danish but the chef, Tania Steytler, is Cornish. The result is food that’s creative but understated. Steytler was previously head chef at Gloucestershire fish specialist Severn & Wye Smokery, and her respect for quality ingredients is wonderfully apparent. Take the third course, my personal highlight, an exquisite dish of cured salmon, scorched potato and Danish prawns – the saltiness of the fish and the smokiness of the potatoes perfectly balance one another, but every flavour is so fine and clean it stands alone.
Another triumph is the starter of tender asparagus, goat’s curd, toasted seeds and pickled baby tomatoes. The sweetness of the tomatoes offsets the sharpness of the cheese and the result is so fresh it makes the tongue sing. There’s also a delicate, tender dish of guinea fowl, honeyed carrots and rich black pudding fritter.
Every course is beautifully paced and I round off my night sitting outside drinking fiery ginger schnapps wrapped in one of the lovely, soft blankets Snaps + Rye have dotted around the restaurant. See what I mean about total sensual satisfaction? Meals like this remind you food can be an art form. It’s such a lovely thing to remember.
Opened in 2014, Snaps + Rye is the result of countless happy hours spent in the buzzing cafes and restaurants of Kell’s native Denmark + desperately wishing that we could transport one to the UK. When the opportunity to open a restaurant on Golborne Road presented itself we jumped at the chance of recreating a little of Copenhagen’s culinary culture in this wonderfully diverse pocket of London.
In pursuit of the Danish Good Life in the heart of West London, we've foraged, baked + infused our way to creating an authentic + innovative menu. Every dish is created in-house: from freshly baked organic sourdough rye bread to home-cured herring + house-infused Akvavit.
We prepare all of our food in house using the best fresh, seasonal + sustainable ingredients. Our fish + seafood comes from The Severn + Wye Smokery in Gloucestershire + we use Clarence Court eggs in all of our dishes.
SNAPS + RYE is available for private parties, events and media launches. We also create custom-made hampers for corporate or media gifting, please contact us for more details. Gift vouchers also available.
|Venue name:||SNAPS + RYE|
93 Golborne Road
|Transport:||Tube: Ladbroke Grove/Westbourne Park|
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Snaps & Rye have just started opening for dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. We ate there for the first time last night (after several recommendations from friends) and were bowled over by the excellent food, warm and helpful staff and good atmosphere. The kitchen went out of their way to accommodate my dietary needs (no gluten) and came up with imaginative and delicious alternatives wherever necessary. It is a set four-course menu but you get to choose between two mains - last night salmon and roast lamb were on offer. The ingredients are obviously as fresh as can be and of the highest quality and are beautifully presented and served with an imaginative twist. (The lamb came with subtly liquorice-flavoured jus and the best mashed potato I've ever tasted, with a hint of five-spice.) We are very glad to have the only Danish restaurant in London so close to home and will definitely be going back.