Granger & Co
Portobello Road represents the stereotyped version of Notting Hill and the highly recommended market, but if you venture a few streets east there is a whole other world to explore.
Tidy little bleach white townhouses and a high street that is so clean and pristine you could eat your food from it using the pavement as a plate. This quiet little residential area is the stuff of middle-age fantasy life dreams, where work is unnecessary and the most demanding part of your day is a stroll to the coffee shop for a croissant.
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This is where I found myself to meet a date, on her recommendation. I had already broken one of the unwritten rules of dating by not bothering to take the lead but I knew this girl knew her restaurants so in the name of being a progressive modern man I kindly and lazily accepted her suggestion. I arrived early around 6pm to find a basic, mostly functional décor. The place was empty and this worried me. The ultimate measure of the quality of a restaurant is how busy it is. However, less than an hour later a mass of diners had appeared from nowhere and the place was completely full to overflowing. They don’t accept reservations, which means you may have to queue to get in during busy periods, but this is a strong display of confidence.
citizenGareth says: everything I ordered was perfect.
I chose a local Notting Hill Blonde craft ale as my warm up drink, and it was a straight yet tasty beer. I ordered miso aubergine as a starter, an airy Japanese themed dish. For the main I chose the yellow fish curry. The white fish was light, the sauce had a zingy after-burn, and the separately served bowl of soft, fluffy rice was cooked perfectly. For dessert, the sesame-seed panacotta was a wobbly vanilla savoury blob of delight. I rounded it off with a glass of white wine – le potager du sud, a crisp sauvignon blanc. Everything I ordered was perfect.
My date informed me that brunch is an equally class act, and at weekends it is not unusual for a long line of people to be waiting patiently outside come rain or shine for a table. Stroll away from the crowds to this gem in Notting Hill, and I guarantee you will love it. Not a Vegemite sandwich in sight.
Granger & Co
175 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2SB
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