Kitchen W8 22

11-13 Abingdon Road , London, W8 6AH

020 7937 0120

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56 Modern European Kensington

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SquareMeal Review of Kitchen W8

Readers regularly give a big thumbs-up to this “high-quality” Michelin-starred act – a collaboration between restaurateurs Phil Howard (ex-The Square) and Rebecca Mascarenhas (Sonny's Kitchen). From the “smart”, muted interiors, decked out with circular mirrors and tasteful artwork, to the first-rate service, Kitchen W8 has the same ‘neighbourhood-cum-destination’ feel as sibling The Ledbury. The team’s “outstanding” take on contemporary European cuisine rarely turns up a dud dish, from the crunchy tapioca crackers served as an amuse-bouche to wafer-thin slices of smoked eel paired with grilled mackerel, golden beetroot and sweet mustard sauce, or loin of Ibérico pork with hay-roasted carrots, spiced almonds, apricot and bulgur wheat. To conclude, Swiss roll with raspberry ripple ice cream and lemon verbena delivers a hit of exquisitely refined comfort food. The set lunch is reckoned to be one of the “best-value Michelin menus” in London, while wines rely heavily on the Old World. “Will we go back? You bet!” chimes one contented diner.

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Early dinner menu - 3 courses £29.50 per person

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3-course lunch £28 per person

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8.0

Food & Drink: 8.2

Service: 7.2

Atmosphere: 7.5

Value: 6.8

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Neil P. 01 August 2017

Lovely meal, great food and wine service etc. Everything you could ask for. Shall return soon for the taster!

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

David H. platinum reviewer 11 December 2016

We've eaten here quite a lot over the years, both before and after a refurb. that marked a distinct improvement in food, environment and traffic. It became a restaurant to rely on for a quality lunch with true Michelin star qualities at a very fair price, and I've reviewed it on two or three websites. We noticed at our last visit that the food and service wasn't up to previous standards, and the same was more true today. Which gets me wondering- seems there's very few restaurants that can be relied upon to maintain high standards visit after visit , year after year. There seems to be an art in picking out a restaurant "on the up" so to speak and in recognising that it's on the way down. Today we chose from an interesting looking seasonal menu. We each started with a ravioli of suckling pig resting on a bed of apple. It was decently cooked but not terribly flavoursome or exciting. It did frankly need a broth or a little sauce to pep it up. The "crackling" was more like a prawn cracker. We'd both say exactly the same about our main of slow -cooked short rib. Soft, certainly; but well flavoured, no. Short rib needs either to be finished on a barbecue with a sauce, or cooked in a rich sauce. Without these it's dull and I'm afraid this dish was dull- even the turnip tops were low on flavour. They're getting textures right and flavours wrong. We were disappointed with the service. Within 35 minutes of arrival, we'd chosen and eaten both starter and main with scarcely a gap between. It was just too quick. The courses came so rapidly that there wasn't a lot of time for cooking to order here. Then as the place got busier, it took 75 minutes to have desserts ( again brought pretty much instantly we ordered them) and coffee. It was proving more than difficult to get the attention of our waitress and we had to involve the maître d'. Then when the coffee came my double expresso wasn't expresso at all. We'd been told coffee was on the house, so I didn't complain, just paid and left. Of course the central issue here is whether the staff and kitchen are working to get food out and orders taken at a pace that is reasonable for the customer , or whether they expect the customer to order and eat at a speed the staff find convenient? In the course of this meal they sadly contrived to be both too fast and too slow, both attentive and uncaring. None of this is a good sign in our experience; our last two meals here have been below the standard we'd got used to at Kitchen W8 and which led us to feel their star was much deserved. They seem not to have maintained that performance. We'll give it another shot in a few months to reflect the excellent meals we've had here in the past, and hope this is a blip. Our fear is that things might have changed in the way they prepare and cook food, and in the people they have cooking and front of house, that makes improvement difficult to deliver.

Food & Drink: 2.0

Service: 2.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 2.0

Tanya D. gold reviewer 09 September 2016

5 of us went and I don't think we could have been less impressed with the service and food. We took one look at the tasting menu and decided on a la carte and so glad we did: 3 poor courses rather than 6. None of us enjoyed our food, it wasn't disgusting but just nothing to write home about, The service was dreadful, I don't think the waitress could have been more disinterested in us. I really don't understand why people have rated this restaurant, there is better food at the same price in other places.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Erika L. 02 November 2015

The food was delicious, although small portions with a set menu. It was a better value than a la carte, but left wanting more food. Great place to go for a celebration.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 4.0

David H. platinum reviewer 06 September 2015

I've eaten here more than a dozen times , always nicely. The reason I'm reviewing it again is that in an environment where "set lunches" are increasingly made down to a price and dull, and bear little relationship to the complexity and quality of food on the main menu, Kitchen W8 are still turning out three courses of great quality, and considerable interest, for all of £23. The meal we had yesterday was either right from their main menu, or a close adaptation. It was without a doubt Michelin star quality and always has been in our opinion. The risotto with mousserons and Fowey mussels was outstanding, and the pearl barley with my main course not far behind. Its good food, served promptly and pleasantly in a smart, tidy environment. The bread is great and free. The wine we had yesterday from the "value" end of the list was light and very pleasant, The coffee's good, and people were friendly. Unsurprisingly, it was also busy , so booking's a smart idea. In other words its a delight, and the only thing I fret over is why the same team have turned Sonny's in Barnes from a restaurant we used to enjoy frequently, to a place we sadly no longer use, when they are capable of so much. Will we go back? You bet.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Linda S. 28 July 2015

Have now been to Kitchen W8 three times in two months, once for lunch and twice for dinner. The special set lunch menu is wonderful value, but not, I think, available for dinner. The food is absolutely delicious, beautifully cooked, presented and really fresh, seasonal and interesting. Wine/champagne can be bought by the glass, which is an added bonus as we did not want a whole bottle. Service is helpful and not intrusive, and the staff seem to enjoy being there. (The English is not always easy to understand, but they clearly enjoy informing guests what is on offer.) The location is a bit 'out of the way' and you have to know it is there to find it, but I really hope the local residents take it to their heart - it is a real jewel!

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 3.0

BRIGITTE C. 29 March 2015

What a nice evening! The four of us were delighted by the quality of the products , the presentation and the taste of the food. Service was very friendly and efficient. The chef took our allergies in consideration, the result was outstanding. For sure, we will come back. BC

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 2.0

Philip H. 04 September 2014

There was much to enjoy about my first visit to Kitchen W8. First of all, I instinctively like restaurants tucked away in quiet residential streets - albeit in this case just off the teeming Ken High St - I suppose the idea of eating in a locals favourite is appealing and the probability that it will have to work harder to build and retain a following than more visible places. The interior is well lit, with nicely spaced tables and a relaxing ambiance. The food was generally excellent; I started with roast breast of quail with chanterelles, parsnip, pear and bacon and loved the unprissy presentation and beautifully delicate flavours. For the main course I was similarly won-over by the gentle flavours of slow cooked veal cheek with roast sweetbreads, pearl barley, carrots, capers and raisins and the mouthful I was allowed of my companions grouse was really something. Dessert of poached comice pear with brown butter ice cream, salted caramel and buckwheat was possibly a bit simple and plain in comparison, but very pleasant. The wine list is well balanced and not overwhelming in scope. A gripe? judging by other reviews which praise the attentive service I may be out on a limb here, but we experienced the opposite. We only had a three course meal starting at 8pm and normally I'd expect to be heading home by 11pm - but we didn't tip out onto the street until about quarter to one...... when trying to work out why I realised that it took ages to so much as order some wine and we must have been there for an hour before the waitress took our food order. However, I'm happy to put that down to an aberration and will certainly be heading back soon.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

James C. gold reviewer 18 July 2014

Restaurant is exactly as pictured-a somewhat Avengers/James Bond 60s style Quant type decor(satin style checkerboad wallpaper etc) in Abingdon Road(Road of the original Bibas amongst others)(not to be confused with adjacent Abingdon Villas Kensington. A cut above everything else in the immediate neighbourhood . The greeting and service were flawless throughout-friendly and confident in just the right measure obviously professionally and geuinely French staff. The restaurant & its linen were nice and cool on a sweltering evening and very "frais"a welcome relief from the searing heat and scruffy ambience of passed through West Kensington. The menu contained a stable of equally proportioned starters,main courses and desserts the desserts especially all looked so good it was hard to settle on just one. The other dishes contained by English standards unusual and exotic ingredients & combinations like nettles, popcorn etc. All skillfully tastefully and craftily blended into delicious and artistic dishes. I think there were about 8 of each category in all to choose from. I skipped a main course though as I am on a diet and felt that the main courses lacked a tad in stuffing or fullsomeness eg. lightweight like trout.I prefer more protein such as fowl,steak etc.especially in winter. The restaurant was about 3/4 full perhaps a little small and claustrophobic to some tastes but all the other customers were impeccable and not off putting as you get in some noisier places. Overall the food could be described as very dainty and super tasteful. Would vsisit again once or twice but think a menu change would eventually become necessary to hold interest. Nearby Chibo for instance seems to have the same unchanged menu from 3 years ago something I found stale & uninspiring

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 3.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Helena B. 20 May 2014

All together a lovely experience ,wish my partner had a better apetite that day . Helena

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Special offers

Early dinner menu - 3 courses £29.50 per person

From: 01 June 2017

To: 24 November 2017

Max: 6

3-course lunch £28 per person

From: 01 June 2017

To: 25 November 2017

Max: 6

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