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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