Doing lunch in Notting Hill

Another guest post from my wife Katherine.

Lunch mate/fiance Brian took this photo.

See those little greenish accents of color in the cheese? Look closer. That’d be truffle oil. Mmm. With a name like The Portobello Organic Kitchen, on a street like Notting Hll’s Portobello Road you’d expect a mushroom pizza to hold its own. And boy did it. My friends Brian, Richard and I lunched there one day on my recent trip to London. As the name suggests, everything’s fresh, made that day using local ingredients.

Caramel and ice cream, a stellar combo

Brian and I both had the pappardelle with a chicken and pancetta ragu. The noodles were homemade, the chicken tender, the pancetta chunks huge. And there were lovely carrot slices throughout. As for the dessert? Well just look at that toffee pudding. And the really great part was the main course specials, any pizza, the pappardelle or a porcini risotto, were just 10 pounds with a glass of wine.

Plenty of cheese on this one

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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24 Responses to Doing lunch in Notting Hill

  1. ChefMom says:

    I’m now salivating and have yet another reason to go to Notting Hill.

  2. Bethea says:

    I really want that ice cream.

  3. Marie Overfors says:

    You guys are killing me with the flat-out gorgeousness of your food!

  4. The dessert looks like it’s to die for. Wow!

  5. Caroline says:

    Wow. I need to go to this restaurant asap. That food looks spectacular!!

  6. Not fair! I live across the pond and will have to try to make it in my kitchen instead. It all looks wonderful.

  7. Babygirl says:

    Oh my, I don’t know what to say but superb! These dishes make me want to get on a plane and head there myself. Your wife did a wonderful job with this post. I also wanted to let you know that your blog is mentioned on my post that will go up at 5:30pm eastern today πŸ˜‰

  8. Katherine says:

    Your comments are all so sweet. The wife thanks you. My prenup requires me to stipulate that no pasta will ever compare to my husband’s! Actually, I want him to try to make something similar at home AND soon.

  9. Thanks so much for visiting my ‘Careann’s Musings’ blog today via Freshly Pressed. I love meeting new people here in cyberspace. As a writer my blog focus is more on books than food, but I do love to cook. Your meal out sounds scrumptious, and the photos are spectacular! I think I’ll have to concoct something yummy for lunch now. πŸ™‚

  10. nancycg56 says:

    That pizza looks so good ~ I am going to try to recreate in my kitchen. I LOVE mushrooms!

  11. heatherroth says:

    Now I’m motivated to start dinner, which is good. It’s about time. (And thanks for the comment – I’m thrilled that spring is finally getting started here in Pennsylvania. It’s taken long enough…)

  12. Laura says:

    Everything looks amazing! Jealous!!

  13. i heart notting hill. lovely organic goodness. my favorite bit of london. πŸ™‚

  14. christian says:

    Hi, I just stumbled across your blog and all I can say is YUM! I’m getting so hungry just browsing through your posts… Will definitely be back πŸ™‚

  15. Kim says:

    I guess the dessert has got about sixty million calories πŸ˜€

  16. portobello organic kitchen. got it. hope to be in london in july and NEED that toffee pudding!

  17. Devika says:

    loved the picture of the pizza. get me on a plane, now!

  18. wow, the pappardelle with a chicken and pancetta ragu looks amazing.

  19. jdewitt8 says:

    This ragu looks delicious!

  20. Interesting foods, altho i am quite surprised/diappointed at no pictures of Indian food :(- I do believe or have heard that there is no such thing (at least remotely palatable for the population at large) called English food – and during our visit to Scotland, we heard that they’d adopted the Indian curry as their native food and that Glasgow was the curry capital πŸ™‚ – But, all the pics are wonderful and I hope you wife had a marvellous visit πŸ™‚

    • Katherine says:

      Hi Priya, I did have some wonderful curry, but the pictures weren’t lit right. I’m not the photographer my husband is and only took a point and shoot on the trip. I didn’t want to risk damaging/losing the Nikon. Also, I returned with two things for my husband an 18-year-old Scotch and Madhur Jaffrey’s Curry Easy. He plans to try it out soon and do some posts on that.

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