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they're worth it !
95 / 97 Portobello Road
Notting Hill, London W11 2QB
|Phone +44 (0) 207
0845 066 0 666 (local rate throughout the UK)
Fax +44 (0) 207 229 2278
From ... http://www.viewlondon.co.uk
Five out of five stars The Gold is nice enough for me to wish to
conceal this fact from you all so it doesnt become nasty,
overbearing and overcrowded.
A stroll up past the delicate residential houses
at the beginning of the Portobello Road, the Gold occupies its niche
between tumbledown antiquarian shops with dirty windows and nouvy
trinketry trendophile shops.
Inside theres a cosy fireside bar with
nice booths, not too big for a discreet drink for two but roomy
enough to squeeze four or five round for more social revels. The
round bar in the middle is nicely curved and friendly, and the American
barman who floated therein, rather like the nucleus in an amoeba,
was helpful and charming.
Theres another room set back from the bar,
which is restaurant seating. Very nice and spacious it looked too,
with its abundant foliage and faintly comic rag rolled wall paint
effect. If forced to be picky, I wasnt entirely sure about
the black and white photography. It was guilty of a rather questionable
affinity with a certain poster company that dominated the genre
in the 80s.
The clientele were generally local, not chi-chi
queens or posture princesses, but kinda cool in an understated fashion,
like the bar. Even the internet stations are designed to look like
(slightly) discreet futuristic pinball machines instead of large
unsightly off white blobs. Its also not too expensive. Starters
from £2.50, mains such as Steak for £7.00, bottle of
house wine £9.50. The house white was fine for the price.
Seafood is something of a speciality and theres an oyster
The main thing about it is that theres
a lovely laid back atmosphere, and as its not packed on a
week night or terribly expensive, the commodity of good vibe is
all the more valuable. As redolent of good cheer as a visit to sprightly
but deeply decadent, hoarse-voiced aged relative.
From ... www.mynottinghill.co.uk
In reference to the review sent in by Chloe (below)
I feel obliged to respond that Portobello Gold is one of the BEST
places I have ever been to. The service is not immaculate, but if
you want fast food - please DO go to Macdonalds.
Portobello Gold has a really relaxed, fun atmosphere
and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys going to a restaurant
to settle in and get sozzled over some good food. It is nicely decked
out too - the harem style love nest hidden away in the corner being
a particularly unusual and excellent feature, not to mention the
massive wicker chairs (think Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die).
The roof opens in summer too, which is a nice
touch. The oysters are great, the staff friendly and the Absinthe
inhalation shot experience is not to be trifled with if you have
to work the following day. The pub at the front is a nice place
for a drink too. If salad delivery speed is your primary restaurant
evaulation criterion - don't bother. Otherwise, check it out. Ed
Portobello Gold is possibly the very worst
place I have ever been to!!! The service was so bad my friend was
left without her meal for 1 hour and then to add insult to injury
the waiter started jumping around as if we where going to leave
without paying!!! When we pointed out the delay & forgotten
salad's the chef came down from the kitchen especially to yell we
should go to McDonalds round the corner next time - nice!! Chloe