Spanish in Notting Hill
Notting Hill is somewhat a strange place for eating out. There are plenty of great bars in the area, from the old school rum bar, Tailor Happiness to the gin heaven Portobello Star. Restaurant wise of course how can we forget the best restaurant in London, The Ledbury, to the cheap and cheerful places such as Honest Burger and Fez Mangal. But there doesn't seem to be a mid priced restaurant in Notting Hill so when Zomato invited me for a gathering at a Spanish restaurant called Notting Hill Kitchen, I was curious to see if it was the answer to my wondering.
|spider crab mousse|
We started off the meal with a numbers of tapas, I was instantly in love with the Pata Nerga dish, with bone marrow and truffle yolk on a crispy toasted sourdough. It was rich and nutty, lots of powerful flavours and the chef really got creative with the Pata Nerga with lots of different elements on the plate to enhance the ham, what a fabulous start. Spider crab mousse was also great, the crab mousse was earthy and sweet in a warm doughnut form.
|sea bass ceviche and mini cod burgers|
The sea bass ceviche was refreshing and light, the herbal and citrus notes offering freshness to the finely sliced sea bass. My only disappointment of the evening was the pork neck, cooked medium well but lacked seasoning, the cabbage and lentils were fine but what really killed the dish was the unnecessary use of the watercress on top of the meat, the peppery note didn't match other elements of the dish and it really dominated everything else.
Notting Hill Kitchen is a very interesting find, unlike your usual Spanish Tapas restaurant, it has a touch of creativeness and playful elements that is not too common in London. Service is also friendly with a great sense of Latin humour. Price wise it is mid range and expect to pay anything from £20-£50. Overall it was a very pleasant experience and many thanks for Notting Hill Kitchen and Zomato for such a fun evening.
92 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2PN