The dining room here is a large glass-clad room, giving those with window seats the feeling that they're in a gold fish bowl; and while tables are fairly closely-packed, this doesn't put off the rich and famous .
Although there have been both head chef and ownership changes over the years, fish has always been well to the fore - indeed they have opened a wet fish shop next door. But the food on offer, is basically that of the top-end of the brasserie-type.
Expect the likes of 'Griddled Scallops, Pea Purée and Mint Vinaigrette' 'Grilled Polenta with Roast Peppers and Rocket' and 'Thinly-Sliced Raw Tuna topped with wafer-thin slices of Turnip, Soy Sauce and Wasabi' among the starters.
Perhaps 'Sea Bass with Citrus Fruits and Olive Oil'; 'Rabbit Stew with Button Onions and Wild Garlic'; Hereford Dry-Aged Rib Eye, Pommes Frites & Bearnaise Sauce' and 'Grilled Wild Boar with Sage and Lemon' to follow.
Among the desserts ' Hot Chocolate Pudding with Custard' and 'Crème Caramel with Chocolate Financières' have been much enjoyed.
All in all, a great London establishment - if only over-booking (or at least table mis-management) wasn't so common during the evening, when you can find yourself held at the bar for what might seem like an interminable period.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-15.30; set L Tues-Fri £16.50 (2 courses), £19.50 (3 courses), Sun £24.50; mains about £15 to £26
- Dinner: all week, 18.30-23.15 (Fri & Sat 23.45); Mon-Thurs early set D 18.30-19.30 & Fri & Sat 18.00-19.30 £20 (2 courses), £25 (3 courses) mains about £15 to £26
- Seats: 140
- Wine: the wine list, which would make good bed-time reading, kicks off in the low £20's
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate Underground
- Directions: near the top of Kensington Church Street. See the map on this page.
- Parking: street parking - with difficulty
- Closed: check for Christmas and New Year openings
- Air conditioned