Paradise by way of Kensal Green 1

19 Kilburn Lane , London, W10 4AE

Paradise by way of Kensal Green

SquareMeal Review of Paradise by way of Kensal Green

GK Chesterton coined the phrase, which was clearly too much for the owners to resist – although the quirky moniker fits nicely with the oddball feel of this Kensal Green fun palace. From the wildly decadent interiors (marble busts, swirling drapes, chandeliers, grandiose paintings) to live bands and DJs, there’s a lot going on here – although the kitchen also puts plenty of effort into the food. Sit in the lavishly attired restaurant and enjoy seasonal dishes made from fresh locally sourced ingredients: Seared beef carpaccio, rocket, parmesan and roasted beetroot vinaigrette; Grilled prawns, avocado fattoush salad, tahini yoghurt and ​Spiced poussin with Jersey Royal potato salad, harissa aioli. With a great conservatory, private dining rooms, ‘cheeky Sunday roasts’ and more besides, this place has good-time distractions at every turn.

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8.7

Food & Drink: 8.7

Service: 8.6

Atmosphere: 9.0

Value: 8.5

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Jill C. bronze reviewer 03 October 2016

We went on a Friday night and booked an early table. Drinks in the very busy bar beforehand, and the service was great. A wine was well recommended by the barman to suit our taste. Once in the lovely, airy dining room, we were spoilt for choice was a shortish, but tempting menu. I ordered the monkfish, and almost had to lick my plate! My companion had the duck, which was pronounced 'delicious' several times. We did go upstairs briefly afterwards to check the DJ, but it was all a bit young for these old bones! But a great meal, and excellent service. Highly recommended.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Derek M. 15 April 2015

Booked a table for my wife and I, and a colleague and her son who lives locally. Based on reviews on square meal. Cannot fault the place. Very apprehensive when we turned up, as the outside and people around did not inspire confidence. WRONG. Once inside, the place was great. Staff attentive, and the food fantastic. (A mixture of starters including nettle pasta, fish and mains varying from rib eye to chicken). With the 50% food discount, I was more than happy to pay the bill. The atmospere was good (midweek), Hard to be critical. Maybe the seats could be more comfortable, but I am struggling to find a problem.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Nicolas W. 29 June 2014

The food , drink was very nice , although quite pricey the portion size and quality was spot on. The staff were very helpful and friendly and it helped create an enjoyable atmosphere . I would recommend this place to anyone looking to take a girl on a date ;)

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Annie B. 18 October 2012

We love going to Paradise and make it quite a regular occurance amongst friends and family. I find my self there for friends birthday dinners, a cheeky sunday roast, rave up with the live shows upstairs or just a few cocktails on a friday night. The staff are efficient and really friendly, not stiff like you find in some restaurants of that standard. The wine recommended always works with the food without anyone trying to rip you off! and then there's the food. oh the food. I don't think I've ever been disappointed. It's a real treat. the kind of place where everyone has to swap dishes half way through the meal just to try it all out. Last night was no exception. We started with some delicious fresh Oysters and a chicken liver parfait which was rich and creamy as you like. then a line caught sea bass with brown shrimp and samphire and a little pile of mash that was buttery as you can imagine and my fella had the pork belly with what I can't remember as he wolfed it down before I could even try any! but apparently tasty as hell. We then on quite a full tummy decided to share a sticky toffee pudding. which was a mistake ending up in a spoon war over the toffee sauce… Lesson learnt. Don't share desert.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 3.0

Ashley b. 08 October 2012

We went to Paradise for dinner on Friday and had a really great time. when we arrived I asked if the barman could make a bramble as it wasn't on their drinks menu. He was happy to oblige and they tasted great. My starter of crab and avocado on sourdough toast was delicious. The presentation was great, the portion size was great and it tasted delicious. I choose lamb for the main dish. The waiter advised me it would be served medium rare which was perfect for me, and it arrived, medium rare. It was served with clams, on a bed of green beans and with dauphinoise potatoes. The food was delicious, if I had to pick fault and it is tiny, is that the potatoes were slightly al dente but thats more of a personal preference as opposed to an error. Paradise is a great place to eat and socialise with friends, the atmosphere is fine dining but with a cosier, chilled out vibe. We had a great time and would definitely come again.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 4.0

Scarlett L. 02 August 2012

Came in with a group of friends for a roast dinner on Sunday, and I'm very glad I did. I'd already visited before on a night out and had a great night, so wanted to check out Paradise with a more chilled out atmosphere. The staff were so lovely and helpful when asking about the cheeses and and wines etc. I had the pork, which was probably one of the best, if not the best roast I've had. Just the right amount, as even though they are on the pricey side, the quality was superb – so much flavour with perfectly cooked fresh veg and potatoes fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside… YUM! My friends had the Lamb and another Pork and we were all extremely satisfied with our meals. The ambience was lovely. Really laid back yet so pretty with great atmosphere. We all had a lovely evening and will be back again soon. Think I'll try one of the bloody marys next time!

Food & Drink: 1.0

Service: 1.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 3.0

Adam D. bronze reviewer 18 June 2012

This is a great venue for drinks and a night out, but I really would eat somewhere else first. I have never had a great meal here, but the last time was possibly the worst dining experience I care to remember. It was a birthday for 12 people, but we arrived to a table for 8, despite calling the restaurant that day to confirm. But it was the food that was unforgettable, for the wrong reasons. 4 of us complained and 3 sent back including a simple risotto. My pidgeon was actually 50% raw. How it got out the kitchen I have no idea but it would have made you ill. It also stank so bad that the girl next to me commented. And before you think that it's game and smells strongly, the guy next to me had one that was fine. Of our 12 nobody was particularly happy. I wouldnt knock the venue itself as it has some great bars, over a couple of floors and is a great night. But eat at your peril.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 5.0

Arnaud D. 06 June 2012

I went to Paradise with my girl friend last Monday (bank Holiday). I am still dreaming about the Rump steak of beef and the good time we had. It was our first time and certainely not last. I will recommend the place to everyone. They have a good size private dinning room too with affordable menu. I will certainely host my girl friend birthday party there in July.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

Matt G. 21 May 2012

Managed to get to Paradise this weekend after hearing so many good things from friends – wish I had gone sooner! It’s an amazing place with some real style… same goes for the food! Everything perfectly cooked with lots of flavour. …Definitely now one of our favourite places to eat and drink in London – highly recommended.

Food & Drink: 4.0

Service: 4.0

Atmosphere: 4.0

Value: 4.0

James J. 01 February 2012

I am quite partial to a mid week evening out, especially if it's a birthday – and especially if it's your girl friends 30th birthday! We haven't been to the Paradise before, but we came on a recommendation from a good friend. I didn't want to go overboard in a flashy west restaurant – but this place was spot on. The décor was pretty decadent, and my girlfriend loved it. It's quirky and not off putting or garish. We received a warm welcome and had cocktails at the bar as we were waiting for our table. I am something of a cocktail buff, but these guys were spot on and were able to talk to us whilst making them and I was impressed that they asked how I liked my Old Fashioned. Even though it was just the 2 of us, and the restaurant was busy- we were not ignored and have very attentive service. The waiter we had has quite a character and was happy to answer all menu queries. The food was great – and there were 2 very clean plates at the end. I definitely recommend the Oysters and the Sirloin steak! My girl friend was a huge fan of the Chocolate Espresso martini's … a new favourite. I would like to thanks the staff of The Paradise for making our evening a huge success and saving me from the dog house! James

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