We have been living a 10 minute walk from Kensington Wine Rooms for two years but had never been there, even for a glass of wine. Sometimes when things are too close or convenient, you end up never going.
Now that we are moving to a new neighbourhood, we have suddenly found the extra motivation to explore as many of those restaurants undiscovered places as possible. Stewart flew back from the US in the morning and we wanted a quick casual meal but a cute place to catch up on his week away over a glass of wine, and Kensington Wine Rooms seemed like a good choice.
We were lucky to get their last available high table in the front room, which is more casual and is more of a wine bar compared to the restaurant at the back.
What we ate:
Padron peppers: hard to go wrong and very straightforward.
Char grilled calamari, moon-blush tomatoes and lambs lettuce: grilled calamari is a tricky one as it can go tremendously wrong but in this case it was delicious and it was tender and tasty with a pesto sauce drizzled on top and the tasty lettuce. Simple but good.
Venison carpaccio, rocket and truffle: cute plate but the venison was very lean and in carpaccio form was slightly dry. The dish would benefit from a drizzle of olive oil on the rocket to make it all juicier. The truffle flavour was also too subtle.
Prawns and chorizo (from the bar menu): delicious chorizo and very flavoursome prawns served in a little clay dish. On most occasions, I would have consumed the majority of the prawns with Stewart eating the chorizo, but this time the chorizo was so tasty that we had to fight for it, and then asked for bread to mop up all the juices (aka fat) on the bowl. So tasty.
Cheese: we ordered two cheeses as we love Neal’s Yard and all their cheeses are from the British Isles. Good but not remarkable.
In sum: great neighbourhood spot for a casual meal and some tasty wine.
Kensington Wine Rooms
127-129 Kensington Church St, London W8 7LP
+4420 7727 8142