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Restaurants Near Shepherd's Bush, Notting Hill Gate, etc [London]

My fiancé are headed to London for a week in September and we were lucky enough to find a lovely apartment for rent in the Notting Hill area. The tube stations nearby are Latimer Road, Shepherd's Bush, White City, and Notting Hill Gate.

We were hoping for suggestions in the area for a great pub to grab a drink and some great food. Also, if there are any lovely restaurants in the area we shouldn't miss, please do tell.

We'd like at least one decadent dinner and we have a few places in mind, but we're worried about the timing and if we'll be able to get a table. Our running list includes:

Bruno Loubet
Eastside Inn
Hibiscus
White Horse
Durbar
Dishoom
Pear Liang

We're adventurous and not at all opposed to pub food or a great lunch/brunch spot. I have been on the UK/Ireland page quite a bit and have read some really great reviews. Just curious what you all think? Thanks!

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  1. Ugh, I'm embarrassed by my original post! I have read even more threads now and I should have been more specific! Sorry!
    We love ethnic food with big, bold flavors. We'd also love to try some "traditional" British food. I have read decent things about Ranoush, El Pirata, Master's Superfish, Harwood Arms, Bull & Last, The Eagle, and The Coach and Horses.
    We're going to be hitting many of the standard tourist sights as well and trying to wander around good neighborhoods. I'm looking forward to taking my time at The Borough Market and finding lovely bits and maybe some chocolate.
    Again, I'm sorry for the scattered nature of the post. It's been ages since I've been to London and it will be my fiancé's first time.
    Like I said, we'd love a really great dinner at least one night - one where dressing nicely is expected or at least not looked at weirdly.
    Thanks again all!
    p.s. I have been looking at limster's posts and have gotten some great ideas!

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    1. re: atticaster

      I remember liking Hereford Road in Bayswater for very good British cooking with unencumbered ingredients, simplicity in itself.

      If you're willing to go further for your "nice" dinner, Trinity in Clapham is an outstanding place, enjoyed my two meals there more than, say Eastside Inn or L'Autre Pied.

      Closer to where you're staying, I was very impressed by the understated but technically formidable cooking at Koffman's -- it's straightforward bistrot-like food, without any fanciful presentation, but sumptuous all the same. Should be more than fine for your dressy dinner, even if it styles itself as being casual. Another possibility would be Ishbilla in Knightsbridge for Lebanese (love the breads, the foul muqqala, mouhamara and the grilled chicken).

      Try Maharastrian at Indian Zing in Hammersmith (the veg thali would be perfect).

      Consider combining tapas at El Pirata with mezze at Al Waha and then ice cream at L'Artisan du Chocolat.

      I'm expecting Howler to pipe up with Launceston Place (I haven't been, saving it for a friend that I think will like it).

      Polish food at the reincarnated Daquise in South Kensington is excellent and very old school.

      Also try Min Jiang for dim sum, especially the Shanghainese shu mai.

      1. re: limster

        thank you for your reply!! i have so much more to research now!! i'm getting more and more excited for our trip.

    2. No need to feel embarrassed.

      I have to echo the person who mentioned hereford rd. i have eaten there several times and i love the place, excellent british cuisine, changing on a daily basis. The head chef is from the famous St John's. Harewood Arms is also a very good place to eat.

      You are also lucky enough to be close to Loftus Road, i would recommend taking the time to watch QPR play whilst you are there. ( i jest unless you want the unique lower league football experience). However near by is the Uxbridge Rd which has a large number of ethnic eateries, from Jamaican to Syrian. Esarn Khew is very good, specialising in the food of the eponymous Esarn region of NE Thailand, two caveats though; the decor and owner do not add to the experience. Tolerate both though, its worth it.

      Borough Market is good fun but gets packed quickly. if its a nice day a stroll along the river as far as Butlers Wharf is nice. Tapas Brindisa is a nice place to eat there. The Southwark Tavern on the corner is a nice pub, especially the downstairs. if you walk along borough highstreet past the hostels and turn left onto Tabard street there is one of the best pubs in London for cask ale the Royal Oak which specialises in beer from the excellent Harvey's brewery

      . Another great beer pub is the Bree Louise nr. Euston, they also so a 'pie of the day' (the savoury english kind) for a fiver. Near by is also a very nice Gujarati place, Diwarna bhel phoori although i hear the generic 'curry' dishes there are best avoided.

      As for your expensive night out, the only one in your list i have eaten at is Hibiscus and it was excellent. If the menu appeals the execution shouldn't disappoint. Although i would still credit by best London dining experience to Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley.

      Where are you coming from? this might give a good idea of things to recommend you might not get at home.

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      1. re: Hasan

        may i employ you for the duration??? haha! these places sound lovely!

        we're coming from omaha, nebraska. my fiancé and i are not novices when it comes to food or travel, so we are most definitely up for anything. i would say we would like to stay away from super heavy dishes and huge portions. it seems america can tend to over-do it when it comes to portion size.

      2. can i hijack and ask what people's experiences of the electric brasserie (next to the electrric cinema) on portobello road are?

        atticaster - on another tangent, i can recommend the cinema if you have time. individual leather armchairs with foot rests and side tables, a bar at the back which serves wine and cocktails and snacks for nibbling on such as quesadillas, hummus with flat breads plus decent coffees. much better than the usal fizzy drink, sweets and popcorn offerings.

        back on track though, next to the cinema is an ice cream shop called dri dri where i got an excellent lemon sorbet. there is also a fabulous spanish deli called garcia on portobello road if you plan any make-your-own meals.

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        1. re: abby d

          Churros with dipping chocolate are good at Garcia's (the Portebello Road Market stall) - I assume that they are of similar quality at the permanent store?

          1. re: limster

            Churros Garcia (www.churrosgarcia.co.uk) and Cafe Garcia (www.cafegarcia.co.uk) though both selling Churros in Portbello are unconnected. Compare the churros for yourself, but, for my money, the stall ones win hands down

            1. re: andypaynton

              Thanks much for setting the record straight. Noticed that that the stall has a presence at Broadway Market as well, but haven't tried yet. Same quality overall?

          2. re: abby d

            I've only had a brunch there and thought it was mediocre. I think my tea was served with a pitcher of not boiling water and a tea bag which is always frustrating.

            1. re: relizabeth

              thanks, sounds like it's not worth the visit. some of the other reviews i've seen seem to be positive but say it's overpriced.

            2. re: abby d

              we would LOVE to have the option to cook at home, so thank you for the deli suggestion. and yes, i would also love to enjoy a film if we have the time. cheers!

            3. Two superb pubs in the area around the Nottinghill Gate Tube station are the Churchill on Kensington Church Street, one of our favorite pubs in all London, which also offers quite decent Thai food, and the newish Mall Tavern. I haven't been to the latter yet for more than drinks last winter when it first opened under current management, but my husband who was there in late July says the food is very good and it recently had a quite good report on Time Out. Food is modern British/ gastropub type stuff.

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              1. re: Joan Kureczka

                That reminds me to also mention the Princess Victoria on Uxbridge Road.

                1. re: limster

                  this pub looks amazing and i've read that the chef uses UK sourced ingredients, which really appeals to us! I'm making many a list at the moment!

                  1. re: atticaster

                    "chef uses UK sourced ingredients"

                    Most chefs will - local, seasonal produce is the essence of British cuisine. Obviously, there are things that we cannot grow here, say like citrus, that have always been imported.

                    1. re: Harters

                      I just appreciate seeing "locally-sourced" when it comes to restaurants. I live in Omaha, Nebraska, which is in the middle of the United States and surrounded by agriculture and farmland. However, it still seems difficult to find more than half a dozen restaurants that use more than 50% local ingredients. I'm looking forward to visiting a city that embraces what is local and in season.

                      1. re: atticaster

                        I think you'll find that by some miracle of nature, many fruits and vegetables in England actually have a taste! Compared to the American peas, potatoes and apples, the produce here is really amazing and truly inspirational. I will stick up for American blueberries... they are superior. :-)

                        1. re: zuriga1

                          Actually, June, we have a very minimal homegrown commerical crop of blueberries. Most are imports.

                          1. re: Harters

                            Yes, true.... and I should have made it more clear that I meant blueberries found in British shops (from wherever). The best ones I've found (at least this year) were Polish and from M&S. They are large, juicy and sweet. I paid top price, but it was worth it. I don't know if most of Tesco's and Sainsbury's are also Polish imports, but theirs are usually fairly awful.

                            1. re: zuriga1

                              Usually Polish in Sainsbury (I buy them when they're on BOGOF).

                              1. re: Harters

                                I often shop at Sainbury's and have their blueberries many times. On occasion they match the M&S but not usually. I guess there are Polish blueberries and Polish blueberries. :-) I don't know how M&S source such good ones. I only wish they weren't so dear.

                                1. re: zuriga1

                                  M& S buyers are the dogs bollocks when it comes to doing their thing.

                                  There was a local dairy that used to produce "own label" yoghurts for a number of supermarkets. Marks & Sparks always had the highest spec. and the most intensive compliance procedures.

                2. re: Joan Kureczka

                  sounds perfect! thanks! what can we expect weather-wise while we're there? do we want hearty meals to fend off potentially chilly weather? will we be able to stroll around from place to place or shall we take cabs, the tube, etc...?

                3. thank you everyone!!! i was about to give up on chowhound because i felt embarrassed and lame for presenting such a vague post. thanks for restoring my faith in CH!