Parabola 1

Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street , London, W8 6NQ

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SquareMeal Review of Parabola

This classy Prescott & Conran venture is named after the Design Museum’s pointed roof, while the restaurant’s own quirk is that various chefs and personalities (such as Pidgin co-owner James Ramsden, or Valentine Warner from BBC2’s What To Eat Now) take it in turns to provide its moderately pricey set dinner menu. The smart, comfortable dining room has views of both the museum’s central atrium and Holland Park, while the decor is as meticulously designed as you would expect: bag a cosy, navy-blue booth or perch at the pewter-topped cocktail bar. With the museum shut before evening service begins, it can feel somewhat isolated, but those big-name draws should cultivate a buzzing crowd. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon services are taken care of by Mark Hix protégée Graham Blower, cooking the seasonal likes of buckwheat tabbouleh and violet artichokes or sea bream with fennel. Cocktails take inspiration from the shrubs and botanicals of the nearby Kyoto Garden, while the rotating chef angle takes this beyond the usual museum restaurant – which suits the assured Parabola perfectly.

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Nearby Tube/Rail Stations

High Street Kensington Tube Station 546m

Kensington Olympia Station 660m


Address: Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street , London W8 6NQ

Area: Kensington

Opening times

Mon-Sun 10am-11pm (Thurs-Sat -11.30pm Sun -6pm)

Nearby Landmarks

Design Museum 107m

Holland House Youth Hostel 404m


Telephone: 020 7940 8795


Cuisine: Modern European

Dinner: £45 (4 courses)


Food & Drink: 6.0

Service: 8.0

Atmosphere: 7.0

Value: 3.0

Food & Drink: 3.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 1.0

Matt R. 22 November 2017

You would think that Rowley Leigh could turn out a surprising, high quality execution of dishes on his simple, seasonal menu. Instead, the food is under-seasoned (lack of personality), served room temperature on warm plates. Pricing is aimed at a prix fixe four course selection, but you're dramatically penalised for just choosing two. As if the emphasis is on a 'complete' tasting menu, rather than a lighter fare option. An odd, very limited selection of wines by the glass, at 125 ml, versus carafes, which seems designed to step up to a bottle. Again, strange pricing structure. Why bother being just one of a handful of diners at the top of the Design Museum if you're underwhelmed?

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