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Address: The Shed, 122 Palace Gardens Terrace, London, W8 4RT
020 7229 4024
Shabby-chic restaurant, providing an eclectic mix of menus. From 6 course tasting menus accompanied by sustainably sourced wine pairing to generous A La Carte options, offering fresh and seasonal produce. The Galdwin Brothers bring rustic Farm-to-Fork dining to the heart of Notting Hill, bringing the stunning Sussex countryside to this little pocket in London. Their hyper-seasonal produce ensures zero-waste as well as exceptional quality food straight from their farm in West Sussex. Located a couple of minutes’ walk from Notting Hill Gate station, this restaurant promises a great evening of delicious dining or a seasonal set lunch menu.
We started the tasting experience with a mushroom marmite éclair, egg confit, cornichon caraway crispbread and spiced carrot puree with crispy sage. To put it simply, a homemade eclair filled with the most delicious melt in the mouth mushroom confit. We wish we could have taken the filling home! It was the perfect start to our tasting voyage and it really got the tastebuds going, without being too heavy. It was paired with a nutty vintage wine.
We moved on (quite swiftly!) to our next course, arriving on a plate fresh out of the fridge, a perfectly chilled Hampshire trout crudo with wasabi Chichester and beetroot puree. The wasabi was very mild and the trout was smooth with the perfect texture, complimented with the sweet earthy beetroot kick. The dish was extremely aesthetically pleasing, simple and delicious.
At this point we went slightly off-piste and ordered a dish which was not on the tasting menu, scallops. Arriving in a shell, they were huge and perfectly cooked. Hidden under a blanket of apple confit, these went down a treat and the only downside was that there was only one!
Next, we tasted their homemade Sussex chorizo from the farm, Hung yoghurt and crispy kale. Arriving in a stone ramekin full of different textures and spices. The tangy Chorizo was softened with the yoghurt and had an added crunch on top of the crispbread. The portion size was perfect, even though we could have eaten more of it, we knew we still had three more courses to go! The blush rose Nutbourne wine also delivered flavor to the dish, another delicious local wine.
As pasta lovers, my colleague and I were thrilled to see ravioli on the tasting menu. Paired with a light and fruity Dog Point Sauvignon were beautifully homemade parcels filled with asparagus and Somerset pecorino. The filling was textured and not too pureed, which can sometimes be the case with ravioli. Coated in a thick sauce, the dish was filling and we were questioning how we were going to fit in two more courses!
Alas, we managed! Lyons Farm sirloin beef, parsnip puree and red wine jus. For me, it was not your typical steak but tasted more like roast beef with gravy – still delicious! We did expect it to be a little more melt in the mouth, being a sirloin cut, but the taste was excellent and accompanied well with El Cipres Malbec. A heavier red that I personally wouldn’t drink on its own but was lovely with a meal.
The pudding was a salted caramel chocolate torte with Chantilly cream and a raspberry sauce. Although we were very full at this point, it was a delicious way to end the meal. The torte itself was rich, but the cream and raspberry ensured it wasn’t too heavy and added an extra kick of flavor. It paired nicely with the sweet Coteaux du Layon and I just wish we had had room to finish it!
Buzzy yet relaxing atmosphere with a lovely hum of diners, groups of friends, couples, and colleagues. We sat next to the kitchen and while this can sometimes feel stressful in some restaurants, we didn’t feel like that at The Shed. Instead, we could see all the delicious dishes being served, which had us wanting to come back to try the A La Carte menu. We were intrigued with every dish they brought out! The waiters and waitresses wore countryside inspired checked shirts which we loved. It really felt like we were in a country eatery rather than busy London restaurant. The shabby chic interior consisted of exposed brick, lots of natural light and eclectic mix of wooden chairs.
A wonderful evening filled with delicious food and an abundance of wine, transporting us away from busy London life.