Having booked late evening seats at The Electric in Notting Hill, W10, I needed somewhere local to have drinks and dinner beforehand. I was tempted to revisit an old favourite, Beach Blanket Babelon and decided to Google the number. It was then that I stumbled across an article announcing the new opening of the owner’s second restaurant, West 36.
I telephoned and amazingly managed to get a table due to the telephone call before me being a cancellation and looked forward to checking out Notting Hill’s latest addition to the already thriving restaurant and bar scene.
West 36 is an all-day Town House; perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, snacks, dinner, drinks – you name it. Littered with cozy mismatched tables and chairs over several floors, open fires and a heated, covered, outdoor smoking area, this establishment is quite special.
We had a Hendricks and cucumber at the reclaimed wood bar to kick off proceedings and had a good chat with the barman, who was extremely knowledgeable. Did you know that gin starts life as vodka, before it is flavoured? Neither did I.
We moved over to our table in the cosy down stairs dining area to check out the impressive menu.
There was something from every section which I wanted to try but thought i’d check out how their salads rustled up, so went for the salt baked beetroot, quinoa, watercress and feta salad which was very flavoursome and well dressed.
My friend went straight in for the beef…and the 45 day aged rib eye stole the show. The prime cut of organic Hereford beef is aged in house before being perfectly cooked and served with a healthy amount of béarnaise sauce. At 400g in weight, it is a serious steak and not for the faint hearted. Paired with crispy topped creamed Swiss chard, it was really verygood and dare I say it, better than I’ve tasted in London’s thoroughbred steakhouses.
The vegetables and sides really deserve centre stage. So much effort has been put into these sidekicks that I could eat them without a main course. Hats off the head chef and owner Rex Newmark, who stood studiously by the pass finishing and inspecting every dish that left the kitchen.
The biggest difficulty was leaving room for pudding, which included an option to build your own Sundae – inspired! Sadly I couldn’t manage a pud but we did order a bottle of red to move upstairs to one of the smaller bars with, a great round up to a fantastic dinner. I highly recommend West 36 to anyone looking for something special and memorable, and trust me it’s worth travelling for…