Suzi Tros is a laid-back bistro from the team behind Notting Hill’s long-serving Mazi, which is its next-door neighbour. The interiors are cool and calm, with tiled flooring, low-hanging pedant lights and accents of dusky blue making you feel like you could almost, almost be on holiday. Our cocktails maintained the illusion – fruity serves that combined either gin and watermelon or coconut and pineapple were refreshing and potent in equal measure.
Sharing-style plates come as and when they’re ready, with a searing hot grill giving squid, fish and prawns an additional lick of flavour. Things got off to a good start with soft and pillowy bread, grilled on the outside and liberally sprinkled with oil and the crunch of sea salt. A traditional dip of tarama was silky smooth and satisfyingly savoury with that signature smoked fish flavour which paired perfectly with the slices of warm toast.
Elsewhere, the menu delivered addictive, paper-thin courgette crisp circles, lightly dusted and deep fried, that were served with a rich cream cheese and truffle dip, a whole skinned aubergine that was topped with a crunchy layer of tahini and honey bubbling from the grill, and a sea bass carpaccio that came delicately dressed with fennel shavings and a yuzu dressing.
The star of the show, though, was the pudding. Somewhere along the lines of a parfait, the armenovil was rich and creamy, packed with shards of meringue and sugar-sweet hazelnut praline so that every bite felt different, and there was quite literally enough chocolate sauce poured over the whole thing to drown the plate. Our kind of ratio.
Much like the restaurant itself, service was friendly and bustling, while on our visit the dining room was chatty and tightly filled with people. London isn’t well-served for Greek restaurants, but thanks to the Mazi team, Notting Hill now has two of the best in town.