Notting Hill's gem
|The Shed, photo from management|
|brown crab bomb|
|Nutbourne lamb, squash, barley|
|stout cured mackerel|
The format of the menu is similar to many modern London restaurants with the small plate concept which is great for sharing. Inspired by Thai tastes, the canapes of brown crab bomb packed a punch with the refreshing lime and spicy chili, the balance was just right with both elements enhancing the rich crab meat beautifully. Stout cured mackerel was a clever concept, the earthiness of the stout was beautifully infused with the richness of the meaty mackerel and the mild sweetness of the pumpkin and cranberry jam which off set the robust flavour to give the dish an extra layer of taste.
|braised pork hash, egg, black cabbage, garlic|
|Grilled beef heart, celeriac, |
artichoke, almonds, lovage pesto
Braised pork hash was the weak link on the night, while the flavours were fine and the sharpness of the garlic worked well with the pork and cabbage, the meat itself lacked moistness which resulted in a rather dry and unexciting dish. In contrast, the beef heart was splendid, it had a powerful mouthful flavour and every single garnish on the plate linked well together to create a masterfully constructed piece of cooking. Dessert of the evening has to be the whisky cream, the oaky and vanilla profile of the whisky was just right without overwhelming the dedicated taste of the oat and rhubarb.
|magnum vienetta parfait|
|whisky cream, oats, honey|
The Shed was a very interesting find, with some very good usage of fresh vegetables, not like your usual British restaurant. In some ways it reminds me of The Dairy on Clapham but with less experimental elements in its cooking. Judging the restaurant which was almost a full house in a cold January on a Tuesday evening, clearly The Shed is doing something right. Service was also very knowledgeable and very caring which was a real good plus, along with the fun and relaxing atmosphere, it is the kind of place I would visit often if I lived nearby.
What I paid:
£50 per head with a cocktail
Average cost without drinks and services :
£25 - £40
122 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RT