SquareMeal Review of
Tiny Leaf (bar)
‘Vegetarian, organic, zero waste’ is the ethos at this root-to-leaf restaurant, Tiny Leaf, but for our money the highlight is the fourth-floor ‘Dark Room’ bar. The clue is in the name – the soupy oxtail-tone saloon looks as if it has lain undiscovered since the 1950s, when Notting Hill was synonymous with seedy bedsits. Open from 7pm (Wednesday to Saturday) and staffed by cheeky chappies dressed as Depression-era tykes, the venue incorporates a quaint gothic corner bar that serves artfully presented £10 twists on classic cocktails. Tapatio blanco Tequila, mezcal and chilli mango bitters inform the Tom Tom, a feisty take on a Bloody Maria; organic beetroot-infused bourbon appears in the house Boulevardier; and organic whisky infused with wakame (edible seaweed) appears in Tiny Leaf’s Manhattan tribute. Notting Hill night owls come here to slump themselves down on the deep leather armchairs, or shake a shapely leg to slamming DJ sets.