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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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I've been to ‘The Electric’ many times pre-cinema or just for dinner. I used to love the seating in the back of the restaurant for a no-fuss meal with a good chat over a decent glass of wine.
This is why I was eagerly awaiting the re-opening of the diner after the refurbishment. I had dinner there Friday night and I'm really disappointed. It all started with the fact that they no longer take bookings. We were asked for our names and then had to leave and come back 45 minutes later because the small bar was way over its capacity with people almost falling over each other.
The new electric looks great but doesn't really cater for parties of less than 4. If you you belong to the latter you won't be sitting in one of the shiny new booths but will be dumped at the bar. The bar is adjacent to the open kitchen with temperatures ranging from an estimated 35 degrees at the ‘cool’ end to 45 C right in front of the grill with the open fire.
It took us only a few minutes and both of us stripped down to our T-shirt and another five minutes and our faces were bright red from the soaring heat coming from the kitchen.
Conversation is awkward because you're sitting next to each other and the life cooking is not really that entertaining. In fact, the chef's meal preparations came across as rather half-hearted and they used quite a lot of pre-fabricated ingredients. However, what came out of the kitchen was the usual feel-good food, although quite small portion sizes.
The music in the restaurant was blaring loud which made any kind of conversation a real challenge. We ended up shouting in each other's ear, with red faces, covered in sweat and finishing our meal as quickly as possible to just get the hell out of there.