The north curve of Notting Hill, Golborne Road, creeping towards the Westway is an area my feet fail to touch often. It’s either during carnival or on the occasional bike ride, so I guess that’s wheels so that doesn’t count either! Ahoy! The ship has sailed and the area has erupted with a wealth of stunning new eateries, sprouting up like Cinderella’s Castle is a four-story townhouse overlooking the bridge called West Thirty Six.
There is no denying the demand for a new cosy den for the creative’s who currently dominate the local business and residential area. The venue has a welcoming bright interior restaurant and cocktail bar, a twist between Soho House and Randall and Aubain. Downstairs is a hidden tool shed, a glamorous outdoor smoking area. Upstairs there is a terrace overlooking the bridge, trains rocket passed you at lightening speed. Each room has unique earthy furniture mixed with leather, velvet, eclectic art and then a private events space on the top floor. West Thirty Six will also become a space for creative people to showcase their works and collaborate on events.
I arrived late afternoon on a Thursday, select people were sipping on cocktails, fawning over the bar tenders. The crowd packed out dramatically and when I left around 7pm, guests were being turned away without bookings. Quel Dommage! Now when I say fawning, this is because all the waiters are and waitress’s are stylish and casually dressed with their own tight shirt, buttoned to the top, paired with braces and a bow tie of their choice.
There is a brunch and all day dining menu led by chef Rex Newmark. Additionally there is a substantial cocktail menu perfectly paired with their small snacks, rather like a posh pub! I arrived at 4pm and of course the kitchen was closed between 4-5 but this was far from a wall to our pleasures. This was the perfect opportunity to slowly cruise through the cocktail menu and sample their olives and pesto peanuts garlic, both served in mini copper saucepans, they felt far more royal than the average peanut packet.
Their all day menu is split into starters, salads and sandwich’s with mains of chicken rotisserie, house aged beef or one of the dish’s from their charcoal grill, all which can be accompanied with mixed sides or vegetables. Service was sharp although it was hard to get the waiters attention as the tables are quite secret and hidden which is great and frustrating at the same time! We ate their house smoked wild salmon, a large and generous portion, silky and delicious. This was complimented with their crab trifle with avocado and rye toast, beautifully presented but a little under seasoned for my taste.
For the mains I chose the fillet steak, and my guest had the charcoal roast lobster with hazelnut butter and chips. The portions were large and laced with hearty toppings and sides such as their decadent beef dripping chips and the healthier tender-stem broccoli with chilli. I wanted to try one of their vegetables dish’s, I’ve been reading Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s ‘Veg Everyday’ cook book and vegetable options were looking very impressive. Fear of fullness restricted my choice to one, recommended as their best seller, I devoured their roasted cauliflower with pomegranate and hazelnut. This for me was the most innovative pairing of flavors out of all the dishes, crunchy and full of flavor contrasted with fresh crunchy pomegranate seeds, a bright and desirable dish which i will make at home.
Dessert had to be discussed; you can build your own sundae for £10. You get given a little note with a list of all the sugar filled, heart-pumping choices of your desires, waiting to be layered and presented in a stunning silver bowl. Alas, my winter craving for warmth sent me west on the menu to their apple cinnamon pie with vanilla custards. Holy lords, it was not only perfectly cooked but also massive and I managed to chomp my way through two thirds, my guest was rather shocked at my abilities at this stage. The pie gets a 10/10!
The cocktail menu was exciting and diverse. I sipped on the Sage Decision, which aims to exude enlightenment, swiftly followed by the spiced walnut infused old fashioned. They have a Gin and Tonic – Re Imagined section, which was impressive Their apple and cinnamon was indeed luscious and spicy, the perfect choice to cleanse the palette, the bittered gin and tonic served in a large hand blown glass was also balanced and fresh, a sparkling rose color, not one for the boys!
West Thirty Six is indeed the perfect new addition to the Notting Hill circuit, their terraces are yearning for the summer sun while their winter months house a cosy and snug drinking and dining den for all. No doubt this venue is a solid rock in the London Ocean of fashionable hangouts.
36 Golborne Road,