What used to be GBK in Westbourne Grove Notting Hill has now become a stylish new neighborhood restaurant called The Residency and has gone from mediocre burgers to high-end dishes to impress. “Within these four walls, you are home”, The Residency offers an elegant and intimate atmosphere, complemented by light wood paneling for a cozy feel. Although it was quiet when we visited, there is a buzz of energy around the place, with nice music softly playing in the background and friendly smiles welcoming you to make you feel comfortable.
The Residence: Modern European with a Caribbean twist
Drawing on Notting Hill’s diverse cultural heritage, The Residency brings together a vibrant menu that matches its ambience, presenting a fusion of modern European dishes with a slight Caribbean twist. My great news to you is that they have halal options on the menu including halal chicken and halal ribeye! Dinner service begins at 6:00 pm daily and they also offer a brunch menu on the weekends.
Aside from the food, music and art are also a big focus at the restaurant. The Residency is committed to showcasing emerging local talent in its space, whether it’s the artwork that adorns the restaurant’s walls or the DJ lineups for live entertainment Thursday through Sunday nights after 7 p.m.
*Disclaimer: This was a complimentary meal, but all thoughts are ours.
The food: what we ordered
Dining data: August 2022
We started with the Burrata which was deliciously creamy and light to taste. But what impressed the most was the accompanying cherry tomato jam and basil cream! The delicious sweetness of the tomato jam, almost like candy, paired so well with the burrata and gave it a refreshing note. On the other hand, the basil cream added a strong sexual attraction to the plate, really lifting and elevating the plate to impress. We got some bread to go with the dish and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Grilled Prawns (€16)
Next, let’s start with the fact that these may be some of the best prawns we’ve had in London, ever. The four elegantly plated prawns came in huge sizes, shelled from the bottom but still with the head attached for flavor, and sprinkled with a touch of chopped chives as a garnish. they were cooked o’clock, from the taste to the texture and everything about them. The hot smoked garlic and paprika foam on the side makes a lovely sauce that pairs with the prawns, adding a hint of smoky, robust flavor without overpowering the prawns’ natural sweetness. Every bite was full of flavor and overall just Bravo.
Seeing a halal steak option available it was a no brainer to try. Served at 8 oz, the ribeye steak was tender and juicy to taste. Even though we ordered medium rare, the steak leaned a bit more medium. However, both the taste and texture have hit the spot. Overall it was well seasoned and the quality of the meat was excellent. We chose a smoked red chili with salt and lime butter to accompany the steak and it offered a lovely umami spicy kick. He didn’t impress per se like the two starters, but he’s good and solid.
Grilled bream (£18)
As much as we enjoyed the steak, it was the pan-seared bream that most impressed the mains. Served with truffle butter on top and beautifully layered over mashed new potatoes and grilled baby gem lettuce, that bream was a delight to savor. It was crispy around the edges and well seasoned. When dipped in the melted truffle butter, it created multi-dimensional flavors and was delicious to taste. From the buttery soft potatoes to the slightly charred lettuce, every element of the dish was perfectly executed on point.
Chocolate Surprise (£11.50)
Both the starters and mains have impressed, and the desserts are no exception. We chose the Chocolate Surprise, which is a triple chocolate treat, topped with chocolate ganache and served with warm caramel sauce. It’s a chocolate lover’s dream, with a decadent creamy center and a rich layer of dark chocolate. The caramel sauce was perfect and not too sweet. We shared it between the two of us and it was the perfect finishing touch for the night.
Last but not least, the drinks. The drinks menu at The Residency is impressively extensive, though mostly alcoholic options. There are a couple of non-alcoholic selections and obviously soft drinks too.
We tried the Singer Morning, which is a non-alcoholic cocktail made with Seedlip Spice94, homemade Smoky Carrot Shrub, fresh lime juice, and Tutti Frutti syrup. It’s sweet with a hint of tropical, but could use some extra flavor and a bit more acidity to perk up the palate more.
The residence is an exciting prospect, not only for the Notting Hill/Westbourne Grove area, but for West London in general. Our experience there has been exceptional, where every detail had been impeccable and really hit the spot. Aside from the food and interiors, we must also mention the fantastic service throughout the night. The staff have been incredibly friendly and attentive, without being overbearing at all. We really couldn’t ask for a better night out and we highly recommend you visit The Residency if you are in Notting Hill.
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Telephone: 020 7792 5157
Nearest station: Bayswater/Notting Hill