Modern European·
Bronze Award
London, W11 2QB ·Website ·Call020 3146 0747

SquareMeal Review of Gold

Bronze Award

There’s always something hunger-inducing about being able to smell your dinner cooking, and at Gold it’s the wood-fired ovens sending out European-style sharing plates from the open-air kitchen that will stoke your appetite.

Sitting in the lush greenery-filled courtyard (which has a Wimbledon-style retractable roof for sunny days) you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a far-flung corner of the globe, not the middle of Notting Hill. Like the surrounding streets, Gold is full of Instagrammable photo opportunities, from the terracotta walls to the tarnished metal tables and rattan furniture that fill the space.

It’s busy, noisy and a little crowded, but the atmosphere created by the upbeat and friendly staff makes you feel relaxed rather than rushed.

Plates here are designed to be shared, but unlike some of the tiny portions that can sometimes pass for tapas, servings are generous. This being Notting Hill, there’s an emphasis on healthy eating, with a raw section on the menu, a dozen vegetable-based options and a whole salad section dedicated to dishes that include just a handful of items. Tomatoes were served with a good glug of olive oil, torn fresh basil leaves and a seasoning of salted-ricotta shavings, while broad beans came tossed through with a lemon dressing.

The star, though, was the squid from the ‘plates’ section, which came gnarled and scorched with crispy edges and a soft middle tasting of fire and sea. It was presented atop skordalia (a Greek dip of potatoes, garlic and almonds that should be on every menu across the country) and garnished with bitter olive oil and the zing of fresh lemon.

To drink, there’s a wine list with bottles from the sunnier parts of the globe, with decent choice for under £40. There are also soft serves that include kefir and kombucha, while the cocktail list bristles with intriguing ingredients like fig shrub and spiced rum milk.

We’d recommend the Kalamansi Sour, made with arrack, kalamansi syrup, coconut blossom and the all-important egg white to give it a thick, frothy top. Coconut-rich, with a caramel citrus edge, it slipped down very easily – much like everything else at this very laid-back newcomer that restores some of the cool factor to Notting Hill.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Cool, Fun, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Brunch, Dinner, Late night dining, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Birthdays, Dates
Food Hygiene Rating

About Gold

This neighbourhood joint comprises a restaurant and late-night bar and is found on the site of the Portobello Gold public house.

Set across four floors, Gold boasts a ground-floor bar and an open kitchen which leads into a garden room with a retractable roof. Meanwhile, the first floor houses a lounge and dining area, and the second a room for private parties. Stripped back interiors include aged metals contrasted with modern furnishings and indoor trees.

Expect to find sharing dishes which have been cooked in wood ovens or over open flames – think wood-roasted sea bream with oregano and capers, or wood-roated cauliflower with toasted buckwheat, cumin, yoghurt and coriander.

Art enthusiasts can come here to check out the specially commissioned work from Portuguese artist Vhils, which stretches from the pavement to the roof and is the first time the artist has made an in situ work in London.  


Are there gluten-free options on the menu at Gold?

Yes there are gluten-free options on the menu at Gold.

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Location for Gold

95 Portobello Road, London, W11 2QB

020 3146 0747


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-00:30
Tue 12:00-00:30
Wed 12:00-00:30
Thu 12:00-00:30
Fri 12:00-00:30
Sat 12:00-00:30
Sun 11:00-23:00

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Matthew G

08 July 2019  
Lovely venue and decor. Food is fine. We struggled with the wine list.
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