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18 April 2014
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Kitchen W8 two stars

11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH

£56.00 Modern European Kensington

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  • Wine: £20.00
  • Champagne: £50.00
  • Lunch: £19.50 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £24.50 (3 courses)
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm Sun 12.30-3pm 6.30-9.30pm

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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 deal.

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  1. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    Angus C.

    An excellent meal

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 7

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  2. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    John S.

    Kitchen W8 Kensington High Street

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 10
    • Value: 10

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  3. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    Eve G.

    Tasty, good value and relaxed

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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 9

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  4. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    Robbie M.

    Fantastic food at affordable prices

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    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  5. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    David H.
        (34)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 9

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  6. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    London Gourmet
        (101)

     
    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 8

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  7. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    Continental Diner
      Gold Reviewer  (110)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  8. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    Lisa D.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 10
    • Atmosphere: 6
    • Value: 8

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  9. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    Junglefresh.
      Gold Reviewer  (44)
    Editor's pick

     
    • Food & Drink: 8
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 7

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  10. Kitchen W8

    11-13 Abingdon Rd, London W8 6AH
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    Jay R.
        (7)

     
    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 9
    • Atmosphere: 9
    • Value: 9

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  1. Published : Thursday, 6th 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, delicately sliced, flavoursome quite outstanding. The mackerel was equally sublime, an incredible dish to start, wow, up there with two or even three stars...
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  2. Published : Monday, 16th 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 price bracket of the starters and ever dearer mains is conclusive...
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  3. Published : Friday, 20th 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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  4. Published : Wednesday, 8th 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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  5. Published : Friday, 15th 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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  6. 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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