Parlour – Kensal Rise, London

Can you book? Yes
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Price paid per person: £17

“Guys, help yourself to toast over on the bread table. Any spread you could imagine. Only £1.” Well if that isn’t a good start to a brunch I don’t know what is.

I just had a hearty breakfast at Parlour in Kensal Rise (next door to well known Paradise). I had smoked salmon with “that soda bread” to quote the menu, and side of mashed avocado. The soda bread did actually warrant its prefix; it was warm, crispy on the outside but fluffy on the inside and really tasty. The smoked salmon was good quality and the mashed avocado seasoned well. Continue reading

Dock Kitchen – Ladbroke Grove, London

I changed jobs at the beginning of the year, and in doing so I said goodbye to swanky Marylebone and hello to trendy West London. Naturally, the first thing on my agenda was after work dining/drinking spots, of which I soon discovered there are many.

Last night I went to Dock Kitchen, a converted wharf building overlooking the Grand Union Canal in Ladbroke Grove. This unusual site is also home to Tom Dixon’s (the furniture designer) shop so the restaurant is fully decked out with his furniture; I believe we were even sitting on Tom Dixon chairs while we ate. Continue reading