Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Zephyr

Silver Award

The team behind Peruvian restaurant Pachamama has chosen Portobello Road as the location for its newest Greek-inspired venture, Zephyr. As soon as you step inside the white tablecloth-lined dining room, it’s clear that this is Greek dining with creative licence. Ok, it might not ooze the authentic rusticity of a traditional taverna, but it is utterly beautiful. Everything from the green-stemmed wine glasses and an impressive vase collection, to a single wax-engulfed candlestick that burns majestically at our table, speaks of curated, stylish details. The effect is feeling like we’re dining in an affluent Greek home.

The menu is a similarly fashionable blend of classic ideas (bread, dips, salads, meats) spruced up with modern flavours and techniques. At times it’s confusing – such as a raw dish of yellowtail paired with yuzu, citrus and jalapeno - but it’s never not delicious. Zephyr’s tomato salad, for example, is a feat of beauty in simplicity, with fleshy chunks of beef tomatoes steeped in their own sweet, olive oil-enhanced juices. A generous bread basket comprising garlicky pitta breads, charred sourdough and bread crisps was a superior vessel for its side of smoky aubergine dip, heady with cumin and finished with crispy onions. One of its signatures - crispy potato terrine - is a must-order: two golden cubes of layered potato with creamy-soft centres and topped with a generous dollop of cheesy truffle custard. Elsewhere, a humble chicken breast was cooked to juicy perfection and swimming in a lemon butter sauce. This is undoubtedly highly competent cooking.

An erratic price list means that dinner could cost anything between £50-100 per head before drinks. That tomato salad, for example, is £16, while the most expensive sharing plates go for £50. Still, that doesn’t stop a mass of Notting Hill locals vying for a seat at 9pm on a Thursday (we passed queues of hopefuls on our way out). Besides, we can see the appeal. Zephyr is fun, glamorous and gorgeous – who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Fun, Lively, Luxury, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


Where else is good nearby?

Dorian opened at a similar time and is a great shout if you can't get a table here (although it's similarly as popular!)

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Can you get lunch

Yes, the restaurant is open for lunch.

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Is it expensive?

Given its position in Notting Hill, you can expect robust London pricing. Dips are from £8, while mains run up to £50.

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100 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2QB

020 4599 1177 020 4599 1177


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-16:00
Tue 12:00-16:00
Wed 12:00-16:00
Thu 12:00-16:00
Fri 12:00-16:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun 12:00-16:00
Mon 18:00-23:00
Tue 18:00-23:00
Wed 18:00-23:00
Thu 18:00-23:00
Fri 18:00-23:00
Sat 18:00-23:00
Sun 18:00-22:00


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3 Reviews 

Hugo G

20 July 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 3.5

Jeremy K

16 February 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 3
Service 2
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 2
Only ok

It was ok, though I thought expensive for what it was.

Fiyin F

04 August 2022   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

Excellent atmosphere, delicious food, great service. Gorgeous decor. Great evening 

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