This quaint, charming restaurant boasts some of the best homemade breads and pizzas in London. A must-visit for anyone after authentic Italian cuisine.
Tucked away just off Ladbroke Grove on the popular Portobello Road in Notting Hill, Portobello Organic Kitchen is a delightfully cosy restaurant decorated with gorgeous sepia prints of the famous road, comfy seats and tulips on every table.
Friendly, warm with a personal touch, Portobello Organic Kitchen has a fantastic, family atmosphere with attentive staff who are clearly proud of their establishment. Regulars filter in throughout the night, known by the staff and eating on their own whilst reading, and large families also gather to dine together in the homely restaurant.
All of the food on offer at Portobello Organic Kitchen is Italian inspired, fresh, natural and organic, and sourced predominantly from the UK.
Baskets of bread are highly recommended, even if they are a little dear at £4.50. The tomato bread and pesto is delicious – fresh, chewy and covered some very impressive home-made tomato and pesto. The garlic bread and rosemary also looks delicious, and would probably be just as good a start to your meal.
Starters are all fresh and packed with goodness, ranging between £5.50 for bruschetta to £12.50 for an antipasto misto platter to share. This starter is large, taking up half of the table, and offers creamy buffalo mozzarella, proscuttio, spicy salami, mixed grilled vegetables and deliciously sweet vine-ripened tomatoes.
The main course offers a variety of pizzas from £10.50 to £15.50, including a four cheese option, mushroom, the vegeteriana, salsiccia (spicy sausage) and capricciosa (ham, mushrooms and olives). The vegeteriana is light and tangy, slathered in goat's cheese and covered in sweet roast peppers, spinach and a dash of walnut oil for good measure.
Other mains include more traditional options such as shepherd’s pie, fishcakes and fish and chips, as well as more carb-based treats such as pappardelle with chicken and pancetta ragu, and potato gnocchi, roasted peppers, broccoli and parmesan. Other choices such as the fillet of salmon and roasted chicken breast with porchini mushroom risotto look delicious, and the sides to complement the dishes are around the five pound mark and include creamy mashed potatoes, steamed garden greens and rocket and parmesan.
Desserts are all reasonably priced at £6. The sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bean ice cream is thick, treacly and wickedly tasty, whilst the tiramisu is rich and filling. Other desserts include profiteroles with fresh cream and chocolate sauce, and an apple and plum crumble.
The wine list is varied and champions wines from Italy, France, Spain and New Zealand with an impressive array of different notes and bodies to suit any preference. A small number of spirits and soft drinks are also available, along with coffees, teas and hot chocolate.
The Last Word
Portobello Organic Kitchen is a fantastic, fairly priced organic restaurant which prides itself - quite rightly - on its fresh, locally sourced ingredients and fantastic homemade breads and pizzas.