A Friday night after work my friend Caroline and I met up for dinner in Notting Hill. Although living fairly close-by I don’t spend enough time here, so this was a step in the right direction. We hadn’t booked a restaurant so instead tried our luck in the queue at Granger & Co (where it’s first come first serve) and since we we’re happy to sit at the bar we only had to wait for ten minutes. Amazing.
We ordered a cocktail each, celebrating the end of another work week, Caroline with a margarita and I with a perfect bellini.
Then the food followed. Wonderfully crispy Korean fried chicken with tender chicken in the middle for Caroline – so yum, especially as they had a little spice!
I had the grilled squid with rocket and coriander, and of course a little spice. Simple but nice!
Then I had the shrimp burger that I have heard Caroline rave about a few times, and it hit the spot just like I knew it would. Just as satisfying as a beef burger but a little lighter. Can’t wait to have it again.
Caroline’s main course was really drool-worthy though, and even though my burger was great I did have a little food envy of her chicken and pancetta meatballs with pasta and spinach in a lovely soothing broth with heaps of parmesan.
As usual we skipped pudding (we were way too full) and instead headed to a nearby pub for a few more drinks.
Granger & Co, 175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB
So this is a little embarrassing. Even before I moved to London (so approximately eight years ago) my friend Harry told me about this amazing cinema. He really sold it to me then and yet, it took me until now to finally go. Pathetic.
But better late than never as they say, and The Electric is still going strong. I love the leather arm chairs, foot stools and cashmere blankets. And the bar that also serves food. It’s just fabulous. Don’t make my mistake – just go!
And no, this post is not sponsored in any way. This is just a great cinema.
Electric Cinema, 191 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2ED
The Shed is one of those restaurants I wish I had on my doorstep. The ambiance is so laid back you just want to come back again and again. And the food? It’s wonderful!
When I was here with a friend a few weeks ago, we decided to share five dishes – the number of dishes recommended by the staff – and that was, as we say in Sweden, lagom (just right). The first dish was hake with mussels and yellow beets which was nice but not wow, and it could have done with some more seasoning. After that the dishes just got better and better.
The scallops with blood orange, fennel and shallots were lovely and the chopped onions with the blood orange juice made the whole dish – wow!
The veal cigars with slowcooked veal inside a crispy pastry shell served with mayonnaise flavoured with mustard, tarragon and if I’m not completely wrong; horseradish. A really lovely dish!
But the pork with broccoli, celeriac and leek ash was probably my favourite – it was absolutely divine!
But a close second was the lamb with malt potato, artichokes and lovage.
The Shed has actually opened up a restaurant in Chelsea called Rabbit, which is slightly closer to me than Notting Hill, but I do hope Fulham is next!
The Shed, 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RT
Saturday was a particular rainy and grey day in London. Not what you want when you have Swedish friends in town, but not much more to do than grab the umbrella. We went to Portobello Road, which was more painful than usual as all you could see where umbrellas everywhere. Also I think the whole population of Italy was there that day. After a few pit stops in shops and at Hummingbird Bakery we escaped tourist central and entered the real Notting Hill; Westbourne Grove.
We had lunch at Daylesford Organic and a look arond their shop and it was so nice to feel dry before heading out in the rain again.
If you want lunch here it is normally a queue, which is fine, but this time we didn’t have to wait very long at all, and the service in general had definitely improved since last time I was here.
The menu is quite simple and offers an eclectic mix of dishes; some brunch dishes, a few starters and some more substaintial platefuls. Daniel, who was really hungry had the burger with potato wedges while Maria and I chose some lighter dishes but made up for it by sharing a cheeseboard as well.
Daniel’s burger was really nice and came with a homemade bun, chunky potato wedges and strong melted cheese. He also got to try their own ketchup which was really tasty. Plenty of tomato flavour and perfectly balanced sweetness.
Maria had the soup of the day; asparagus soup and liked it although it was rather plain to begin with. It somewhat improved after a few spoonfuls.
I had a Cornish crab toast which was really nice, so nice that my table neighbour got order envy once she saw it arrive.
The cheese platter was also nice, consisting of three hard cheeses and one creamy goat’s cheese, all from their own label. It came with apple wedges, celery, bread and a chutney and was a nice finish to our meal.
208-212 Westbourne Grove
London W11 2RH