Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Jacuzzi

Silver Award

Few places in London have a reputation as notorious as Big Mamma’s collection of extravagant Italian restaurants, where the line between beautifully-ostentatious and bordering-on-ridiculous is blurrier than a hangover from one too many of its balsamic Negronis. Enter: Jacuzzi, a four-storey Sicilian mansion that’s taken over an old bank on Kensington High Street. See what we mean?

The rule of thumb when it comes to the interiors is that more is simply never enough. Nowhere encapsulates this better than the ground floor dining room, which is an overwhelming mass of dripping crystal chandeliers, mosaic flooring, flamboyant red booths and a sprawling tree that extends all the way up and across its soaring ceiling. You can guess the vibe of the other two floors – think more foliage and the odd naff touch (framed underpants, for one) to bring the vibe somewhat down to earth.

You need a lot of staff to run an operation like this, and indeed part of the experience involves watching waiters bustle up and down stairs between their assigned floors, delivering orders on walkie talkies and serving theatrical tableside dishes to phone-ready diners, like its famous truffle pasta served out of a pecorino wheel.

For all its pizazz, the food at Jacuzzi is actually very good. A creamy ball of burrata, glossy with pistachio pesto, delivered the rich gratification of cream and good olive oil. Elsewhere, a luxurious twist on pasta puttanesca, although served in a comically large bowl, delivered serious flavour via vinegary olives and capers. Do note that the portions are generous and you might want to order tactically if you have your eye on dessert. It’s well worth saving room for the tiramisu, though, which is light and well-balanced, and served from a large dish with a ‘say when’ approach to portion control.

Jacuzzi is bound to attract a few haters, but we utterly enjoyed the whole loud, unbashful, surreal ride. Hedonistic dining is back, and Jacuzzi is leading the charge.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury, Quirky, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celeb spotting, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions


Jacuzzi is the fourth restaurant to open from bigger-is-better restaurant group Big Mamma, the folks behind some of the most outrageous restaurants in London (Circolo Popolare, Ave Mario and Gloria – we're looking at you). This Kensington 'palazzo’ is just as OTT – if not more - as its other projects, describing itself as a ‘divine Italian mansion where the naughtiest fantasies come to life’. Covering a ginormous 4,000 square feet across four floors, the restaurant seats 170 diners at full capacity. Highlights include a Sicilian mezzanine on the third floor with a retractable roof and glitter ball disco toilets in the basement. 

Located on Kensington High Street, Jacuzzi has been designed with pure luxury in mind. On the ground floor, guests are welcomed by cool alabaster walls and a gigantic lemon tree with branches that sprawl across the stucco ceiling. On the first floor, a botanical mezzanine awaits with a retractable glass ceiling that allows guests to bask in sunshine come summer. Ascend again to the floor above to discover a plush green space bedecked with murals of Italian fashion idols. But its most Instagrammable feature is down in the basement with the brand’s first ever disco toilet, a jazzy space kitted out with mirrors and a glitter ball. 

On the food front, Neapolitan head chef Manuel has designed a menu of extravagant Italian dishes made with uber fresh ingredients. Expect indulgent creations served with embellished twists. Examples include a pizzette topped with caviar, truffle and bottarga, truffle pasta with parmigiano foam served in a 4kg pecorino wheel and a shareable chocolate fondue made with half a kilo of Valorhona chocolate.  

While to drink, a wine list featuring plenty of sparkling and Franciacorta is the only suitable way to wash down all that truffle, cheese and chocolate.  


How many restaurants does Big Mamma own?

The group owns four restaurant in London including Gloria, Ave Mario, Circolo Popolare and Jacuzzi.

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94 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, W8 4SH

Opening Times

Mon 12:00-15:15
Tue 12:00-15:15
Wed 12:00-15:15
Thu 12:00-15:15
Fri 12:00-15:15
Sat 12:00-16:15
Sun 12:00-16:15
Mon 17:00-22:15
Tue 17:00-22:15
Wed 17:00-22:15
Thu 17:00-22:15
Fri 17:00-22:15
Sat 17:00-22:15
Sun 17:00-21:45


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