Restaurant Review: West Thirty Six

Hearty grill fare is on offer at this welcoming venue spread over four storeys of a Notting Hill townhouse

Located on a quiet street corner in the heart of iconic west London, West Thirty Six is truly a hidden gem with all the right attributes to be the perfect hangout place, whether on a date or meeting up with friends.

What strikes the most upon entering the restaurant is its cosy and warm atmosphere. The prominent bar and open kitchen on the ground floor is only a first glimpse into the four-storey townhouse from which West Thirty Six operates. The predominantly leather, wooden and brick interior gives the place a retro-modern touch that attracts a trendy local clientele. West Thirty Six also boasts two outdoor spaces with an open grill, several bars, and an inside dining area filled with Chesterfield armchairs that make it perfect for lounging.

The list of signature house cocktails is long enough to be particularly tempting, and you certainly won’t regret ordering a couple of these refreshing creations, especially if you’re sat in one of the outdoor spaces on a warm summer evening. West Thirty Six is a place where diners feel at ease from the start, and a bread basket and side of olives later, we were ready to start looking through the food menu.

With a rich selection of grills, from rotisserie chicken to house-aged beef, meat lovers will find it difficult to set their sights on one dish only. From the starter menu, the steak tartare topped with egg yolk is exquisite, with exactly the right amount of seasoning. Meanwhile, a variety of salads and delicious vegetable dishes give vegetarians plenty of options to choose from, and there are some fantastic sides on offer as well – served in a mini-pan, the mac ’n’ cheese is so creamy that it’s set my bar really high for any future versions of this all-American dish.

Being a seafood fan, I found it hard to resist trying the grilled lobster; served with garlic and hazelnut butter as well as shoestring fries, it was an absolute delight and one of the highlights of our meal. Portions here are generous, but it’s worth saving some space for dessert because here again, West Thirty Six has an outstanding offering. We recommend the peanut crunch chocolate bar or the apple pie, which are both served warm and are a perfect way to end the meal on the sweetest of notes.

Overall, West Thirty Six is the type of secret you’ll find hard to keep. Its neighbourhood feel contrasts with its worldly menu in a perfect balance of authentic and classy, which has the advantage of catering for a variety of crowds. One thing is for sure – whether on a date or with friends, it’s so easy to feel at home here that lingering in one of those Chesterfields for one more drink becomes a necessity.

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