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This polished but friendly restaurant has become part of Kensington’s gastronomic DNA, with a Michelin star, a keen foodie following and a regular local clientele of all ages – and it’s no wonder.
Co-owners are chef Phil Howard (The Square) and Rebecca Mascaren has (Sonny’s Kitchen), but W8’s resident team have made their own mark with a ‘cool, adult, ordered atmosphere’, a thoughtful wine
list and some ‘outstanding’ Anglo-European cooking: cured sea bass is playfully accompanied by white cubes of squid, tiny black spheres of squid ink and gazpacho jelly; anchovies add a salty
briskness to veal tartare; roast halibut is served with Parmesan gnocchi and a ‘Nike swoosh’ of pea purée. Textured banquettes, earthy leather chairs and intriguing modern pictures set the tone in
the calm dining room, and natural light keeps the mood fresh, while soft illumination brings a romantic glow come evening. Properly efficient service and genuinely ‘affordable’ prices seal the
Kitchen W8 is the only restaurant to take bookings on the particular Friday that I am left scrambling for one. Usually I’m organized enough to secure one of the restaurants off my swelling list, but after dozens of rejections the flat sounding Kitchen W8 is beginning to look viable. After an easy 7:30pm booking, its once desolate name seems as harmonious to my ears as a babes gargle.Although Kitchen W8 is a self-proclaimed neighbourhood joint, its Kensington location is indicative that this declaration should be taken with a large helping of salt. To quell any lingering doubt, one look at the double figure price bracket of the starters and ever dearer mains is conclusive...
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Kitchen W8 is a Michelin Star restaurant, not far from High St Kensington. I have never been a fan of eating around High St Kensington cause I think this area doesn’t boast must quality but here its completely a hidden gem...
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Kitchen W8 opened its doors to the community of Kensington & Chelsea in October 2009 aiming to become the local, go-to place. Two years later in 2011 the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, a great achievement in such a short space of time. The restaurant strives to use only excellent ingredients which are sourced from small, reputable suppliers, how it does this and still serves up set-menus at rock bottom prices amazes me, I couldn’t even do it that cheap at home for this quality...
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Have the risotto, I insisted. Jerusalem Artichoke with Vacherin Mont D’or and Winter Truffle.Having had it the last time I came, I thought it was a magnificent dish. That is because it contains a number of my favourite things, all in one place...
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Kitchen W8 is a “neighbourhood” restaurant just off High Street Kensington. It’s owned by Philip Howard, head chef and co-owner of two Michelin starred The Square and Rebecca Mascarenhas who owns a whole host of similar neighbourhood friendly restaurants in Balham, Chiswick and Barnes. The restaurant also holds a Michelin star so we had high hopes for our Sunday lunch...
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