Sunday, 10 July 2016

My favourite restaurants in North Kensington

I live in North Kensington - that's the bit of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea north of the Westway and Ladbroke Grove tube station. I love this neighbourhood because it has a relaxed, local feel - very different from Knightsbridge or South Kensington. There are tons of great cafes and restaurants here. Below is a list of my top five.

1. Kipferl. Kipferl is an Austrian restaurant. I love coming here for breakfast, brunch, lunch, coffee and cake ("Kaffee und Kuchen") or dinner - basically all the time! It's stylish in an understated way, the staff are lovely, and the food is delicious! For breakfast/brunch I recommend "Ei im Glas" (the Austrian take on the boiled egg), for Kaffee and Kuchen I recommend a Melange (the Austrian word for latte) and Topfkuchen (a baked cheesecake), and for lunch/dinner I recommend the Kalbsgeschnetzletes (veal in a mushroom and cream sauce).

Location: 95 Golborne Road, London, W10 5NL
Note on opening times: Kipferl is closed on Mondays (except bank holidays) and closes early on Tuesdays - check the website for exact opening times. 

2. Lisa's. Lisa's is a Swedish restaurant. It's small, but on Wednesday and Thursday evenings they still manage to squeeze in a live band. There is a beautiful, bright conservatory at the back, the roof of which is often frequented by a very cute local cat. The food is a bit pricey (dinner mains are £17-£20, the brunch/lunch menu is better), but so good! I recommend the meatballs.

Location: 305 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TD
Note on opening times: Lisa's is closed on Mondays and open for dinner only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays - check the website for exact opening times.

3. West Thirtysix. I've only been to West Thirty Six once, but I definitely want to go back. I was there on a Friday evening for dinner on the ground floor. The food was amazing (I had steak), the service was really good, the atmosphere was cool but unpretentious, and there was even a DJ. West Thirtysix is set over four floors, with a cocktail lounge and a covered terrace upstairs, so I definitely want to go back to check that out. 

Location: 36 Goldbourne Road, London W10 5PR

4. The Parlour. Tucked away in a side street off Kilburn Lane north of the canal, the Parlour is far away from the tourists that crowd Portobello Road. It appears unassuming from the outside, but inside it's shabby chic. It also has a little garden area. Food is served all day. I like to get the juice of the day and the smashed avocado and toasted lazy bread or the popcorn chicken nuggets.

Location: 5 Regent Street, London, NW10 5LG

5. Paradise by Way of Kensal Green. Paradise is a bar, a restaurant, and on Fridays and Saturdays a club. The food is not cheap (dinner mains are £13.50-24.50), but of the highest standard. Ingredients are locally sourced and the menu changes with the seasons. A cheaper alternative is to go for drinks and bar food - the cocktail menu is, in my opinion, the best in the neighbourhood.

Location: 19 Kilburn Ln, London W10 4AE
Note of opening times: Paradise is open for dinner only on weekdays. Book ahead.  

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