Zephyr

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££££
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Silver Award
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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
Cuisines
Greek
Ambience
Fun, Lively, Luxury, Romantic
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

FAQs

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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Location

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

020 4599 1177 020 4599 1177

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Opening Times

Lunch
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
Dinner
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 
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Service
Atmosphere
Value

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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