Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Bill Grangers: Westbourne Grove

We love this area of London as it has really upmarket vintage shops and I always pick up good bargains here. My sister is a really foodie and she had read about Bill Granger's new place opening and so we swung by to check it out. There is a no booking policy and so we arrived early (before 12) and sat in the bar for about ten mins, but it was well worth the wait. It is a really light and airy place with a mirrored wall to make it seem a lot bigger than it is, you're pretty cosy with the tables around you and it can be difficult not to listen in to other people's conversations (or maybe I'm just too nosy!) The service was quite good, not overly friendly but quite quick and efficient.
The menu is quite small, but everything coming out of the kitchen looked fresh, delicious and well made. We shared a plate of courgette fries with corinader and lime mayo to start and they were so yummy I could have had two more plate fulls. Really tasty sauce too. Then we shared the canelloni with spinach and ricotta and the ricotta hot cakes with fresh banana and honey butter. Both dishes were delicious. The pasta was tasty, well seasoned and creamy and a good sized portion. The hot cakes were delightful and a real treat - but the ricotta gave them a savory/sweet pairing.

I would highly recommed this place as the atmosphere was great, the prices reasonable and the food really great quality. My only bugbear was the 12.5% service charge - not what you expect for a lunch and something which always irritates me when the service is just average.

* patio like light and airy ambience
* no booking so you may have to wait
* delicious, seasonal and fresh dishes
* great place for a brunch

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