Da Mario is not the absolute best restaurant in Kensington - but it is our favourite. This is a proper old-school Italian joint in a Venetian-Gothic building that fans of interesting old buildings would get fizzy knickers over. The first thing you notice is that Da Mario’s interior is authentically and charmingly a bit rubbish and there are a lot of pictures of the late, great Princess Diana on the wall. The food here is homestyle Italian, with big portions of pasta and great pizzas at a semi-reasonable price. This is a place for everybody and worth the short walk to avoid the chain bait restaurants around Gloucester Road station.
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Daylesford Organic is an all-day café, farm shop and restaurant at Brompton Cross that serves pizzas, salads, and surprisingly hearty mains.
Maggie Jones’s is a romantic, character-filled restaurant off Kensington High Street, serving a menu of excellent quality British food.
Bone Daddies High St. Kensington
Bone Daddies has brought ramen to High Street Kensington, with this location atop a Whole Foods. Hit it for an excellent bowl of noodles.
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Quartieri is an excellent Naples-style pizza in Kilburn, with a spicy diavola pizza that you definitely need to try.
Emilia is part grown-up restaurant, part wine bar, and serves a whole lot of excellent pasta.
Ruby is a modest Italian lunch bar in Shoreditch serving hearty homemade ciabatta sandwiches and plates of pasta.
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Yashin Sushi is an excellent, creative, and modern sushi restaurant with an ever-changing list of unusual and seasonal ingredients.
Wright Brothers South Kensington
There are a few Wright Brothers restaurants dotted all over town, but the South Kensington location is the one that your mum would like the best.
Margaux is a relatively casual but still elegant neighbourhood restaurant serving Euro bistro-style food, and they do it well.
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