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Kitchen W8

11-13 Abingdon Road, Kensington, LONDON, W8 6AH

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Pale walls hung with colourful artwork, neat upholstered dining chairs at floor-length-clothed tables and gentle lighting all confirm that this is a class act, generating a feeling of well-being among diners. The proprietors (she of Sonny's in Barnes, he of The Square in Mayfair) know what they're doing, and the cooking here of the first order. Top-rate ingredients are the bedrock of the operation, and the seasonally-changing menus are a roll call of sharp contemporary culinary ideas, with enough choice to intrigue all comers. A strong streak of innovation is apparent in some dishes, seen in multi-flavoured starters of Orkney scallops with charred celeriac, chanterelles, chicken skin and truffle pesto, and in tartare of fallow deer with pickled walnuts, Ibérico lardo, beetroot and nasturtiums. Main courses have enough complexity to maintain interest without going over the top and illustrate the kitchen's attention to detail. Cod fillet, for instance, is poached with seaweed and served with ras el hanout, cauliflower, sea beets and veal sweetbreads, and Ibérico pork loin comes with smoked celeriac, charred pears, bacon dauphine and a sherry reduction. Puddings make an impact too, among them chocolate pavé with peanut ice cream, salt caramel, praline and lime, and intriguing quince sorbet with beetroot and orange.

Further information

Tel: 020 7937 0120
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Dates closed: 25-26 Dec, BHs
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Mark Kempson
Number of seats: 75
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £19.95
Sunday lunch: £30.00-£35.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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