Restaurant Review: The Little Yellow Door

With its welcoming flatshare theme, this understated Notting Hill venue really does make you feel at home

We visited The Little Yellow Door on a Wednesday evening, and we found that this bar and restaurant offered the perfect spot for some casual dinner and drinks. The Little Yellow Door is themed around a fictional flatshare between friends, and this theme is evident throughout your visit – so much so that during our dinner the staff regularly referred to each other as “flatmates”.

Location-wise, the venue is conveniently located just a five-minute walk away from Notting Hill station. Without any signage to indicate its location, it certainly could be easy to miss The Little Yellow Door, but this only helped to make the venue feel more obscure and unique.

Once you step inside, there is only one word to describe The Little Yellow Door, and that is… eclectic. Quirky furniture and patterned rugs abound, and the walls are decked with ornaments from around the world and eccentric modern art. As well as this, on most evenings there is a silent film being projected on the wall while you dine.

The menus can be found tucked away in magazines and books dotted around the flat. At first glance, the selection of food is extensive but not overwhelming. We finally opted for the smoked beef carpaccio, which was served with ricotta, mushrooms, mustard and garlic, and the burrata, with aubergine and confit onion. The food was amazing and very reasonably priced, especially considering the high quality of the produce used.

We accompanied our food with some cocktails from the bar, which is located in the corner of the “living room”. The cocktails were as quirky as the surroundings; drinks are served in jars, blenders, teapots, and even egg cups if you are feeling brave enough to try the shots. And tying into the flat share theme, we found that most of the drink names on the menu were influenced by the flatmates’ favourite TV shows and movies. If you’re looking for something a little bit different during your visit, try the Cookies & Cream cocktail (served with a cookie on the side).

Overall, The Little Yellow Door serves up great food and amazing drinks, and it’s succeeded in creating a unique atmosphere that feels as though you are at a friend’s house rather than a restaurant/bar.

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