Portobello Garden Arcade | London

The Portobello Garden Arcade
Having a little bit trouble getting out of my hood as you can read.. But the cool thing about London is that there are places coming and (sometimes regretfully) going all the time. So even though you don’t leave your hood doesn’t mean you can’t try new things!! Anyway, discovered this amazing place this month and was blown away by the few things I tried from their menu. The place is owned and run by Italians and you can see, feel, smell and taste this without trouble. “Bongiorno! Hav’e a’e seat’e”  is how I was welcomed. Tucked away behind an arcade on the busy Portobello Road this is the perfect stop to make to refuel and regain your strength! You can have a full Italian lunch, breakfast or dinner, or just have a coffee, a glass of wine or a cookie. I adored the Parmigiana di Melanzane and the cookies they gave me for free when I asked for the bill.
Great place! 269 Portobello Road, London | Tube: Ladbroke Grove | +4475 3453 2039 | ££ |  No website

Granger & Co

Launched by the Aussie chef Bill Granger, who is a (quite cute actually) self taught cook, a food writer and television chef. It replaces the restaurant called Pix and is totally the opposite; The interior is bright and light, the food tastes fresh, the staff is friendly and the check is not too bad either.  I didn’t know what to expect from the Australian kitchen but it turned out to be a mix of simple BBQ dishes, comfy food and a tiny bit of Asian influence. I felt it was almost like having dinner at a friends place, in a good way. Really enjoyed it. Brunch is supposed to be amazing too. They don’t take reservations by the way. 175 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2SB | Tube: Notting Hill Gate | ££ | Website