Portobello Garden Caffe – Portobello Road, London

Can you book? Yes
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Price paid per person: £13

Out and about on a lunchtime constitutional along Portobello Road last week something interesting caught my eye. Set back from the road, hiding behind vintage clothes in the arcade, was an alluringly attractive Italian restaurant. On my own, without reading material and in a hurry to get back to work, I had no intention of sitting down to eat but I was compelled to go in and investigate. I glanced at the menu and clientele, was charmed by the decor of hanging dried meat and flowers, and decided I would return imminently.

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Running out of RECIPEASE…?

I was once told when wearing hoop earrings I looked a little Mexican-señorita-wannabe. Well I can now cook up a Mexican street food feast to complete the part. I picked up these skills at Recipease, a cookery school in Notting Hill run by Jamie Oliver and his team of chefs. For £40, we were given a welcome drink of our choice, and taught step by step how to make the mexican delights below (soft tacos topped with spicy chicken, guacamole, spicy sweetcorn and much more):

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Boom Burger – Portobello Rd, London

“This isn’t just a great new burger restaurant; it’s a little piece of Jamaica in the heart of London’s carnival district. So, why wait for three days in August to party when you can have something to sing and dance about all year round?”

The good people behind Boom Burger have hit the nail on the head; my ‘fish boom’ burger (pan fried red snapper with rocket, escovitch sauce and jerk mayo) was out of this world tasty. I’d go so far as to say it was even more exciting than the actual Notting Hill carnival. Continue reading