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|Address:||191 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED|
|Tel:||020 7908 9696|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £47.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 8am-12M (Thurs-Sat -1am Sun -11pm)|
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Saturday on Portobello Road confirms Sartre's saying that Hell is Other People (Have these people never seen a knitted sock before? Never eaten falafel? So why oh why are they walking with mouths agape at a pace even toddlers scoff at?). Fortunately sausage roll at Electric will relieve the pain. Yes there is other food on the menu (sea bass, chicken salads blah blah blah) but what you really come for is the sublime sausage roll. Sometimes it is not in fact on the menu, panic! But even when it isn't the lovely staff will usually get the chef to rustle one up for you if you look teary-eyed enough. Some months ago I endured a cold 30 minute bike ride ostensibly to see a film with a friend, but really just lured by the suggestion of pre-cinema sausage roll, only to find the kitchen was being re-furb-ed and the menu abbreviated; I blew my cover with the friend whilst explaining, glassy eyed, to the barman that I had come all this way just for sausage roll; one was duly produced to everyone's relief. If my score were based purely on the sausage roll, it would be 10/10.
If you can find a friend who's a member then get yourself in to the Electric member's club upstairs which has been beautifully redone recently. It's all turquoise pouffey seats, chandeliers and long dark wood bar manned by waiters who know their cocktail oats. The Brasserie “does what it says on the tin” and is what you'd expect in terms of price, atmosphere etc etc. Top tip: the Electric cinema also serves sausage roll…