It’s your classic Notting Hill situation. Your mum said she wanted nothing for her birthday. But then last night you got a super subtle text saying ‘that antique ottoman at the market was nice, wasn’t it?’. Fantastic. But, when you’ve spent the day walking the length of Portobello Road, heading for the Singapore vermicelli noodles at Uli is always a good shout. The food here isn’t going to change your life, but it’s the kind of bright, modern spot close to a station that it’s always worth having in your back pocket. Expect crispy aromatic duck, dim sum, lots of seafood, and a big outdoor terrace complete with blankets, cushions, and candles.
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Notting Hill spot Mazi is all about dressed up Greek food, drinking wine, and feeling distinctly Santorini.
Books For Cooks
Books for Cooks is a cookbook shop in Notting Hill that also runs a cafe at lunchtime. Check their Twitter feed to find out what’s cooking.
The Tabernacle is the place for a hang in Notting Hill. Go here for a casual, simple meal.
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Imperial Treasure is a big, fancy Chinese restaurant in St James’s which lacks atmosphere, but serves some pretty great dim sum.
Kym’s is a lively and modern Chinese restaurant on Bloomberg Arcade in the City, specialising in small plates and meats.
Chinese restaurant Phoenix Palace is one of the most upmarket of London’s old-school dim sum restaurants, with great versions of Cantonese classics.
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