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'Duck breast turned up blushing, the ginger and lemongrass jus it came with a smart pairing'

MK Bar and Grill

Mon–Fri 11am–11pm, Sat–Sun 8.30am–11pm

“This feels very Kensington,” said the other half as we strolled into MK, close to Gloucester Road. For a Friday night it was pretty calm, maybe because, being such a big place, it would take quite … Read more →

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'It would certainly be the perfect place to impress a first date'

The Magazine

Tue–Sun 9am–6pm

The blurb

‘Forming part of the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London’s Hyde Park, The Magazine was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. Head Chef Emmanuel Eger’s contemporary style of cooking, combined with Zaha Hadid’s inspirational architecture, creates … Read more →

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'Themed around the Great Exhibition of 1851, it provided just the right amount of Victoriana'

The Ivy Kensington Brasserie

Mon –Thu 8am–11pm, Fri–Sat 8am–11.30pm, Sun 9am–10.30pm

The Ivy is synonymous with old-fashioned Anglic charm. Having fond memories of enjoying kedgeree with friends and family at the Ivy Club many moons ago on my 21st, it came as a happy … Read more →

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'The prawns were the standout, covered in a light tempura batter with notes of fennel and radish'

Aladino’s

Tue –Sun midday–2.30pm and 6pm–10.30pm

A newcomer to the London restaurant scene but a familiar face in his native Alexandria, Aladino’s owner Aladin Barakat is no stranger to food and entertaining. With over 20 years of experience in Egypt, it’s … Read more →

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'[Maxims] allows you the rare (and intriguing) opportunity to mix and match your dishes'

Maxims

Mon—Sun 7pm—2am

When looking for a new restaurant, a casino might not be the first thing that springs to mind. After all, gambling and food are not the greatest of bedfellows and while we all like going to new places, … Read more →

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'They do not always hit their target, but when they do get it right it is excellent'

Kensington Quarter

Mon—Fri 6.30am—10.30pm, Sat—Sun 7am—10.30pm

The style:

Adjacent to Hotel Indigo, within a stone’s throw of Earls Court tube station, Kensington Quarter is the latest addition to the Quarter Group, aiming to bring ‘neighbourhood homemade food’ to vibrant corners of London. … Read more →

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Chez Boubier
'Chez Boubier pride themselves on their entrecôte in secret butter sauce and do that exceptionally well'

Chez Boubier

Open daily midday–11pm

A set menu is something that either indicates a failing or stellar restaurant; very good or very bad food. You never see an average gastropub serving a set menu (unless it’s Valentine’s Day, in which case you … Read more →

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'The hug-in-a-bowl dishes are comforting'

Bone Daddies Kensington

Open daily 11am–6pm

Ramen (the Japanese soup which includes meat, veggies, egg and Chinese-style lamian noodles) is achieving cult status in Europe. Zuma’s former head chef Ross Shonhan, arguably the man who brought the boom to London, has recently launched … Read more →

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Zaika
'If you’re intent on impressing your dinner date, Zaika has the required wow factor'

Zaika

Open for Tue—Sun midday—2.30pm and Mon—Sun 5.30pm–10.30pm (10pm Sun)

It’s curious, the effect that entering a distinguished room has on a person. Suddenly you feel like you’re somebody, that you’ve achieved. The staff here welcome you like an old friend … Read more →

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'This really is like going on the first school trip to France; only better'

Brasserie Gustave

Open Tue 6pm–10.30pm; Wed–Fri midday–10.30pm (11.30pm Fri); Sat–Sun 11am–11pm (10.30pm Sun)

I was not happy. It was a cold, blustery evening and the Plus One had parked the car a considerable way from Brasserie Gustave, which is on the corner … Read more →

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