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Wondering where to eat in Notting Hill? You’ll be spoilt for choice. Here’s our guide to the area’s best eateries…

With its pretty coloured streets, bohemian background and buzzing Portobello Market, Notting Hill has long been one of the city’s coolest areas. Its biggest claims to fame are hosting the world’s second largest carnival and acting as the setting for Richard Curtis’ iconic 1999 film – but in recent years, Notting Hill is becoming known for its thriving culinary scene, too. From the trendiest vegan restaurants in town to Michelin-starred establishments, here are the best restaurants in the city’s western shores…

Gold

Gold became an immediate hit after opening earlier this summer, with Princess Eugenie, Princess Beatrice, Jourdan Dunn and Lady Amelia Windsor all visiting within weeks of its launch. If you go there you’ll quickly see why: it’s an endlessly chic spot, designed to reflect the bohemian spirit of the area – think stripped back interiors exposing the shell of the building and a garden room filled with pretty trees and greenery. But it’s certainly not style over substance: the kitchen is headed up by ex-River Cafe chef Theo Hill, with an eclectic mix of modern European dishes alongside an equally cool cocktail list from Scout’s Matt Whiley and Rich Woods. goldnottinghill.com

Farmacy

Farmacy Interior

Farmacy is where all the trendiest veggies and vegans congregate – thanks to the cool interiors as well as the wonderful food on offer. It’s the brainchild of Camilla Fayed, who worked with experts to develop a menu of nourishing, healthy dishes that are also mighty tasty. The guacamole is one of the best in town and should be ordered as a side no matter what you’re eating, and is especially good when accompanying the sweet potato falafel starter. The Mexican Bowl is a standout with its bright purple potatoes and ‘sour cream’, while the burger is a classic, made from millet, black beans and mushrooms. Pair with a few cocktails (with added medicinal benefits, or Cannabidiol) from the Alchemy Bar, and save space for the raw chocolate tart. With no refined sugars, additives or chemicals, you can indulge guilt-free. farmacylondon.com

108 Garage

108 Garage Notting Hill

This relaxed addition to the Notting Hill foodie scene takes rustic to new levels, with red brick walls, polished concrete floors and a façade opening onto the street, all befitting the name. And yet, an amber warmth from the hanging lights and copper bar suggests a more sophisticated raison d’être. This is the place to go for exceptional British-Asian food without the white tablecloth melee. Accompanying the polished industrial aesthetic is a menu prioritising produce and otherworldly bursts of flavour over ‘gastro-fuss’. This is not to say the food is unrefined. The mission statement is simplicity and quality, with dramatic flavour. The man behind the culinary prowess is chef Chris Denny, a once struggling artist and pot-washer by moonlight. Having worked his way up the greasy ‘backstage’ pole to Michelin-starred kitchens, he travelled the world researching new techniques before connecting with CEO of 108 Garage, Luca Longobardi, over GumTree of all places. Longobardi’s background reads like a thriller – named the ‘Mafia’s Banker’, he was falsely accused of money laundering and was placed on Interpol’s ‘most wanted’ list having previously been a successful broker and married to Miss Brazil. But, things are now looking up for this colourful duo whose new project has been described by Heston Blumenthal as a ‘breath of fresh air’. The food? Think warm, crusty sourdough to start dipped in tantalisingly soft chicken liver paté, an unfamiliar asparagus-matcha-egg yolk combination, tender long-braised lamb heart (its flavour bursting through delicate agnolotti in a swede dashi), and mouth-watering Iberico pork lifted with black garlic. And with an exceptional wine list to boot, be prepared to park yourself for the whole evening. RW. 108garage.com

Redemption

Redemption Bar

Vegan oasis Redemption Bar has all the goods you look for in any outstanding health food spot such as smoothies (and smoothie bowls), avocado toast, buddha bowls, flax bread and veggie burgers. What sets these dishes apart from every other Instagram you’ve ever seen is that they are the ultimate version. New gold standard for burgers? The buff burger, made with protein-packed, fibre-boosting shitake mushroom, black bean and ruby beet, served in an oat bun with tomato, lettuce, caramelised red onion marmalade. Turmeric superslaw and chunky sweet potato fries on the side, naturally (no pun intended). Will you go for sweet: buckwheat pancakes tossed in coconut oil and topped with natural coconut yoghurt, seasonal fruit and maple syrup? Or savoury: roasted sweet potato and red onion hash with mushrooms, kale, spinach, rosemary and a squeeze of lemon? Whatever you do it should definitely include sipping on a Skinny Cacao. The organic Boca pure bean to cup cacao, served iced or hot in nut milk puts hot chocolate to shame (and that’s without any sweetener). redemptionbar.co.uk

Suzi Tros

Suzi Tros

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Opened earlier this year, Suzi Tros is a new Greek-inspired bistro from Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou, the husband and wife duo behind west London favourite Mazi. Named after a character in Greek film I Parisiana, Suzi Tros translates as ‘Suzi, you eat’, which is reflected in the warm, fun feel of the restaurant. Located just down the road from its sister restaurant in the heart of Hillgate Village, this charming spot offers a selection of small plates, taking inspiration from the small eateries of Christina’s hometown of Thessaloniki. Think prawn tartare, smoked aubergine with tahini, grilled calamari, and meatballs with tzatziki, washed down with Greek wines and beers. suzitros.com

Flat Three

Flat Three Notting Hill Interior

Veg is finally getting the respect it deserves, taking centre stage on menus rather than languishing as an afterthought somewhere in the side dish section. And it’s restaurants like Holland Park Avenue’s Flat Three that are sounding the charge. Owners Pavel and Juliana met at Wabi, Surrey’s 2AA Rosette decorated Japanese restaurant, and while Pavel’s Nobu and Roka training might imply the menu is strictly Japanese, you’ll find a touch of Nordic influence here. The resulting menu feels like it does you some good without feeling like a martyr. While they offer sharing plates and tasting menus, the three-course lunch is amazing value at £33. Our top pick is the sea bass carpaccio, served with beans, walnut and wild fennel. RW. flatthree.london

The Ledbury

With two Michelin stars to its name, as well as a spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, The Ledbury has gained worldwide acclaim since opening back in 2005. It’s headed up by Australian chef Brett Graham, who learned the tricks of the trade under Philip Howard at The Square. British ingredients take centre stage – Cornish cod, Hampshire buffalo milk curd and Berkshire muntjac – all cooked with exceptional flourish. It’s a hugely popular spot, so reservations are crucial. theledbury.com

Orasay

Orasay

The third venture from culinary duo Jackson Boxer and chef Andrew Clarke – the duo behind St Leonards in Shoreditch – is inspired by Orosay, a small tidal island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. In comparison to the spacious St Leonards, Orasay is a cosy, unpretentious spot with minimalist wooden tables, terracotta-cushioned benches and flickering candles. Seafood is the focus, with a seasonal menu based on what the fishermen send from their catch – recent dishes have included smoked eel with razor clams and egg noodles, sea bass with courgette and almond miso, and Isle of Mull scallops with shiitake and vin jaune. The vegetarian dishes, however, should not be overlooked: there’s deep-fried gnocchi with truffle, for instance, and grilled pumpkin served with roast fennel. orasay.london

Uli

ULI

Michael Lim’s modern Asian restaurant Uli was first established over two decades ago on All Saints Road, but closed a few years ago – much to the dismay of its loyal fan base. Luckily it’s re-opened in a new location on Ladbroke Grove with a brighter, cleaner look, and a lighter menu to match. Healthy dishes include coconut tofu curry, pan-fried teriyaki cod, sea bass noodle salad and miso aubergine – though if you’re looking for something indulgent, the sweet and sour battered chicken should do the trick. Be sure to get stuck into the small bites too: the peppercorn salted prawns, spicy scallops and wok-fried daikon cakes are all more than welcome for pre-main nibbling. ulilondon.com

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