Pavilion Kensington Review

Pavilion Kensington Review

Our Rating

Pavilion Kensington is extremely close to our flat, and maybe for that reason, we have never tried it. There is a long list of places that are so close to us that we keep delaying going and end up trying places in other areas. Also, Pavilion Kensington used to be a members only club and still is in some areas and it never got us too excited. But, Stewart had flown back from the US and was tired and it was a Friday night and we wanted to celebrate Brazilian Valentine’s day (June 12) so we decided that it was finally time to try it. Maybe it would blow us away and would replace Mall Tavern as our go to neighborhood spot.

Pavilion Kensington Review

Entrance area

What we ate:

Tuna Marinated loin of rare tuna, tartare, avocado, watermelon: Stewart liked this but I didn’t care for it as much. I think it lacked watermelon and seasoning and was a bit too fishy. He seemed to enjoy his share of it more.

Pavilion Kensington Review

Chicken Maize-fed breast of chicken, broad beans, asparagus, jersey royals, morels, summer truffle: when we read the mains, not many appealed to us, to the point that we both thought the chicken sounded like the best option but we didn’t want to order the same one and I ended up going with the trout. The chicken was cooked in a sous vide bath making it extremely juicy and tender and was served will perfectly cooked asparagus, potatoes and with some summer truffles shaved on top. It was overall a very good dish.

Pavilion Kensington Review

Sea trout Confit fillet of sea trout, crab, cucumber, almond butter: our waiter explained that since the trout was confit (cooked in its own fat), the dish would be served warm but not hot. I tend to like my food hot but can make an exception for fish when it is pink, which is the case in this dish. Once again, very tender and melt in your mouth trout with delicate cucumber slices on top and a nice almond butter dressing that barely tasted like almonds which tied it all together.

Pavilion Kensington Review

Carrot cake, pecan ice cream, maple, yoghurt: this was a deconstructed carrot cake. The cake part was represented by round, thin almost cookie cookie-like carrot disks. And layered between them were vanilla custard and yoghurt, and on the side, a tasty pecan ice cream. It was a fun version but I still prefer the traditional. My friend Claire told me that the best one is at Gail’s so I do need to try that soon.


In sum: the food was tasty and the service was ok and the place is cute. Why don’t I want to run back? Can’t really put my finger on it but I guess it feels too much like a hotel space and a bit sterile and corporate.

Pavilion Kensington

96 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SG

+4420 7221 2000
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Pavilion Kensington Review

Main dining area

Pavilion Kensington Review

Bar area with open kitchen behind

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