SOUTH KENSINGTON / KNIGHTSBRIDGE / KENSINGTON / NOTTING HILL
Da Mario / 15 Gloucester Rd. / Tel 020-7584 9078 / www.damario.co.uk/
Fun venue near the Albert Hall. Wonderful individual pizzas and delicious pasta. Salads are large and robust. Frequented by locals and friendly staff. Prices are reasonable.
Launceston Place / 1A Launceston Place W8 / 020-Tel 7937 6912 /www.launcestonplace-restaurant.co.uk
Quite, comfortable and stylish. Dinner party cooking in a civilized and romantic setting. Superb modern British.
La Brasserie / 272 Brompton Rd / Tel 020-7584 1668 / www.labrasserielondon.com
Long established Gallic with classic predictable brasserie fare. Good for lunch or late dinners. Staff can either be nice or appallingly rude. Food is good and consistent. Busy and bustling and a great place to sit and watch the crowd. The eggs benedict are a good hangover cure.
Racine / 239 Brompton Road / Tel 020-7584 4477 / www.racine-restaurant.com
Traditional French "bistro" type restaurant. Old fashioned menu with classic French dishes. Mid range in price. Really solid good food with friendly staff.
Clarke's / 124 Kensington Church Street W8 / Tel 7221-9225 / www.sallyclarke.com
Delicious! Sally Clarke always serves unpretentious fabulous food. Well presented in a light and elegant atmosphere. Now offering more than one choice for dinner.
Maggie Jones's/ 6 Old Court Place Kensington Church St W8 / Tel 7937- 6462 / www.maggie-jones.co.uk
Traditional English food in an atmospheric establishment.. Scrubbed pine tables, hops and baskets hanging from the beams. Candles galore. The food is quite good, not inventive but standard lamb, grouse, etc.
Fait Maison / 3 Stratford Rd London W 8 / Tel 7937-2777 / www.fait-maison.co.uk
A tiny café with wonderful Mediterranean style food. Great pastries also. You can eat in or take out. Everything is made freshly and the coffee is superb.
Geales / 2 Farmer Street W8 / Tel 7727-7969 & 1 Cale Street SW3 /Tel 020-7965-0555 / www.geales.com
Arguably the best fish & chips in London. Simple farmhouse style restaurant with the freshest fish offered daily. Good puddings too. In Notting Hill, very close to Portobello Rd. Good for lunch after the market. South Kensington is on Chelsea Green