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Romulo Cafe

The blurb

‘A taste of the Philippines in the heart of Kensington. We serve fine Filipino food 7 days a week.

When it comes to fiendishly good Philippine cuisine, Romulo Café is London’s answer to Manila’s fashionable restaurant and food … Read more →

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108 The Garage

Open Tues to Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-3pm

There is a very common misconception that, when being scored out of 5, 3 is a bad score. This is incorrect. If 5 is the very best and 1 is the very worst* … Read more →

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'Sublimely delicious and brimming with original ideas'

Bistro Vadouvan

Open Tue 5.30pm–10pm, Wed–Fri midday–3pm and 5.30pm–10pm, Sat midday–10pm, Sun midday–9pm

The blurb:

‘Blending the essence of French cuisine with spices of the Orient.

‘Bistro Vadouvan combines classical French cuisine with the subtleties of Middle Eastern and Asian flavours, creating … Read more →

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Carluccio’s Richmond

Ahh—Carluccio’s. Staple of the British high street for years; in fact almost 30 years, Anthony Carluccio (rather charmingly called the ‘godfather of Italian gastronomy’ online) having opened the first Carluccio’s shop in 1991. He expanded the business eight years later … Read more →

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100 kensington
' Get in there before they come to their senses and bump up the prices'

100 Kensington

Afternoon tea Mon–Sun midday–5pm; dinner Mon–Sun 5.30pm–9.30pm; brunch Sat–Sun midday–4pm

“A mere stone’s throw from South Kensington tube station,” read the press release for 100 Kensington.

This is ironic because throwing stones is one of the first things I think … Read more →

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'Swish address – tick; pan-Asian menu – tick; mid-market brasserie – now here’s something different'

Brompton Asian Brasserie

Open daily from midday, serving lunch and dinner

By now we’re all familiar with Arkady Novikov’s name: Moscow’s ‘blini baron’ and friend of Vladimir Putin. In November 2011, he opened his eponymous restaurant in Mayfair to much critical derision which … Read more →

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'Some of the best South-East Asian dishes I’ve eaten in a long while'

Naga

Open Tue–Sat midday–2.30pm; Mon–Sat 6.30pm–12.30am; Sun 12.30pm–3pm and 6pm–10pm; Bar open Mon–Sat until 12.30am

Located on a site of a former Spanish restaurant just off Kensington High Street, South-East Asian bar and restaurant Naga is the brainchild of Eddy Lim, … Read more →

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tuk cho
'If you’re in the mood to taste something new, my bet is you’ll find it here'

Tuk Cho

Open Mon–Sat midday–11pm, Sun midday–10.30pm

Fancy taking your tastebuds on an Asian tour? Tuk Cho provides a one-stop shop for a panopoly of interesting dishes from the Far East. You shouldn’t miss it as you’re going along Ealing Broadway, thanks … Read more →

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Granger & Co.
'At once a stylish, thriving fashion hub, and simultaneously a family-friendly joint'

Granger & Co.

Already a Notting Hill institution, acclaimed restaurateur Bill Granger’s eponymous Granger & Co. has only occupied its large airy spot for a matter of months. The Victorian architecture, tall glass windows, muted palette and high ceilings are juxtaposed with subtly … Read more →

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Banana Canteen
Georgia Rosenbloom 'particularly liked the not-so-spicy crackers and sweet corn cakes'

Banana Tree Canteen, Bayswater

Open Mon–Sat midday–11pm; Sun and Bank Hol midday–10.30pm

Situated on Westbourne Grove, Banana Tree was, surprisingly, completely empty when we arrived, but this was 7pm on a Tuesday and the seats rapidly filled, maintaining a constant buzz of diners in … Read more →

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