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Located on the fringes of Notting Hill, Bucket has a simple proposition: sustainably sourced seafood served largely out of (you’ve guessed it) a bucket. With white-washed walls and tastefully designed banquettes (containing lots of cushions and a dash of greenery), the team has tried to recreate the feel of a beach club. We loved the approach – and locals seem to agree, given how full the place was on a weekday night. We also rated the genuinely friendly staff, but found the food more hit-and-miss.
A simple yet effective cockles and chorizo appetiser brought to the table while we contemplated the menu set our hopes high. Navigating through the choice of food proved more difficult, with diners forced to mix-and-match a combination of plates, obligatory buckets and boards. Presentation throughout was superlative and portion sizes generous, though a grilled squid and lemon purée dish was let down by its unpleasantly chewy texture, while the four sauces that came with our whitebait bucket lacked depth of flavour. More plaudits, however, for the whole sea bass: a supremely tender fish with a lovely charred smoky sensation. But arguably the culinary highlight was our dessert, a pineapple carpaccio with pink peppercorns that scored highly both for composition and taste. While Bucket isn’t without leaks, they should be fixable – and pricing both for food and drink is reasonable.
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