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If it was bedded in Mayfair, this Michelin-starred powerhouse would be the toast of the town; instead, Kitchen W8 comes modestly dressed as “a genuine local” restaurant for smart, savvy west Londoners. Run as a collaboration between Phil Howard (The Square) and Rebecca Mascarenhas (Sonny’s Kitchen), this grown-up eatery reminds one reader of a “60s-style homage to Mary Quant” with its satin-style wallpaper, monochrome colours, soft lighting and modern art. “Seamless” service is just so, while the kitchen delivers wave after wave of “very dainty and super-tasteful” Anglo-European cooking with complex, subtle flavours – think smoky, BBQ-glazed quail breast with a piquant cherry compote, pan-fried foie gras and almonds, melting Pata Negra pork loin and croquette with velvety watercress purée or slow-cooked veal cheek with roast sweetbreads, pearl barley and raisins. To finish, rich chocolate pavé with salt-caramel ice cream, popcorn and peanut is pure heaven, while well-balanced wines maintain the sky-high standards.

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  1. 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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  1. Published : Friday, 20 September 2013

    Munch My Way :: Kitchen W8, Kensington

    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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  1. Published : Wednesday, 8 May 2013

    Samphire and Salsify :: Kitchen W8

    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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  1. Published : Monday, 16 December 2013

    Wrap Your Lips Around This :: Kitchen W8

    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...
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  1. Published : Friday, 15 March 2013

    Saying it straight :: Kitchen W8

    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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  1. Published : Thursday, 6 February 2014

    The Good Kai List :: Kitchen W8

    I look around, the interior (and exterior) is a little like Ramsay's restaurant in Chelsea, it has a similar look a feel. It was cosy, lovely. Ok time to get seated, I'm ready to settle in. The chic geek and I opt for the tasting menu paired with wine. Laarrrvly. Straight into it, the knowledgeable waiter presents us with a mackerel, smoked eel and mustard (its beyond good). Paired with a buttery 1er Cru from Burgundy. Perfect choice. Now being a NZer and a native of the land I have had my fare share of smoked eel. Leave this one to me, I'm certain of my expertise in eelery eats. It's better than good. It was warm,...
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  1. Kitchen W8 was recommended to me by Fiona who writes the fab blog London Unattached. Whenever there's a cooking show or a chef on TV I always wish I could remember where they were so I could go. I envisage a clean cut restaurant, great service and fantastic food on a not too expensive set menu. This is exactly what Kitchen W8 does. Known for being the most reasonably priced Michelin star restaurant in London they offer three courses for £23.
    Due to tube problems we arrived very late for our table but the staff were very kind and seated us; I'm so pleased they did.
    We started with heritage tomato salad with...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 11 March 2015

    Scotland Eats Out :: Scotland Eats Out: review; Kitchen W8

    Kitchen W8 is described and has based its values on being a neighbourhood restaurant, I am not sure about you but for me this is not your typical “neighbourhood” establishment. Located in upper class area Kensington and part owned by two michelin star chef Philip Howard, this straight away makes it a cut above any other neighbourhood restaurant I have eaten within. A visit to London to catch up with an old school friend, created the perfect opportunity to experience some of the culinary delights that London has to offer (again)...
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  1. Published : Monday, 18 May 2015

    Quiet eating :: Kitchen W8 | Quiet eating

    I had heard a great deal about Kitchen W8. Apparently a new up and coming restaurant. Time to put it to the test.

    I went with a friend and we decided to split the set lunch choices so one of us would go for the sea theme courses and the other, the more land based animals...
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  1. We have done something deviant, dear readers – and we’re not sure you’re going to like it. We have betrayed the founding premise of this publication (loosely termed) and have consumed a meal in the evening, making a mockery of the very title of this lunch-themed blog. But what a way to undermine our integrity – our meal at Kitchen W8 was an absolute treat, and if it weren’t for a worrying lack of funds, we could have been fully converted to this dinner nonsense. A rather smart looking, pristinely white affair, we were briefly concerned that Chris’s jeans which had recently been accidentally slit open with a box cutter...
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  1. Unlike other Michelin starred restaurants, Kitchen W8 main brief is to bring affordable priced food to the local community. The word "affordable" certainly ticked the box for us, being a relatively somewhat cheaper than most of the michelin starred restaurants that I have encountered. Kitchen W8 seems to be unknown to the public, located just off Kensington High Street.

    This would be a place that I know would not sort of take a massive whack on my bank account to treating Mr. T's birthday celebration. The restaurant is bright and modern, white table lining cloths that is not overly too posh but still filled...
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Essential Details for Kitchen W8

  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Area: Kensington
  • Price: £56.00
  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £52.00
  • Lunch: £23.00 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £25.00 (3 courses)

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