We enjoy some exposed brick as much as the next person. But sometimes, that whole marble open kitchen, swish leather seating, big airy windows thing can equate to some very small, very disappointing dishes. Luckily, the food at Melabes is neither of those. In fact, this is the kind of place where you need to take a solid ten minute hand wash break between courses, to pry the aioli from your fingernails. Their huge mediterranean menu has everything from salads, to a schnitzel pita that is a true feat of engineering. But the small plates. Oh, the small plates. The hummus with pita ‘small plate’ (lies), is basically a creamy chickpea pond. With every new dish, another gravy boat of greek yoghurt or aioli will appear with it. This is the perfect spot to share a beer with friends at the bar, watch the chefs have a laugh whilst marinating a chicken thigh, and get very, very messy.
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Le Petit Sud
Le Petit Sud is a decent spot near Kensington Palace Gardens for a glass of wine and some charcuterie.
The Builder’s Arms
The Builder’s Arms is a great pub on a backstreet in Kensington, serving pretty good food and snacks.
Casa Brindisa is a good tapas restaurant to escape to after spending time at the museums in South Kensington.
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Clarke’s has been doing the whole ‘farm to fork’ thing for a while now, but it’s still as good as ever. Come for a special occasion, or a fancy date.
Artusi is a modern take on a neighbourhood Italian restaurant. It’s a small, casual place perfect for catching up with friends.
Bababoom is casual kebab spot on Upper Street serving tasty and fresh takes on grilled meats and vegetables.
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