Tucked away off Kensington High Street, Locanda Ottoemezzo is a little off the beaten track, but if you live nearby you should make it a local staple. The place is cosy and intimate with a great, if pricey Italian menu. The cafe next door is a little more laid back and does pizzas for the kids. The friendly staff will happily talk you through what’s good. The house risotto served in a Parmesan rind is inevitably amongst the recommendations.
Dotted around West London, this Lebanese chain (amongst London’s longest-standing) has become an institution. During the day the South Ken branch is packed with a mix of Lebanese expats, well-heeled locals and stray shoppers. But it’s at night that it comes alive as a godsend for the late night crowd. All the branches are open past midnight, but it’s the South Ken and Oxford Street branches that have the most staying power and get busiest. In South Ken the best pickings are between 10pm and 3am when people start spilling out of Boujis for a late night snack. The food is your standard Lebanese fare; big selections of mezza followed up by juicy grills. It’s pricier than a lot of other Lebanese restaurants, but if you wanna eat past midnight in this town, you gots to pay the premium.
Everything about this discreet sushi bar tucked off Ken High screams style, from the elaborate presentation of the omakase tasting menus to the artistic neon statement on soy sauce that hangs above the sushi bar (‘without soy sauce – but if you want to’). The ethos of the place is based on traditional Edo-style sushi, which eschews the intense saltiness of soy sauce to allow the natural flavours of the fresh seafood to speak for itself. The owners know what they’re doing so trust them on this one. Nab a seat at the sushi bar to keep an eye on the careful craftsmanship that produces such gorgeous and delicious little bites. Bigger groups will miss the spectacle, but will still be comfortably ensconced in the big velvety chairs in the downstairs dining room. Of course, this kind of high quality sushi comes at a high price point, though with the omakase menus starting at £30 for 8 pieces of sushi, it’s not unaffordable. The salmon sushi lunch at £12.50 is reasonable, even.