London: elegant aesthetics with a Notting Hill charm at Southam street
Rarely do you find a space that can embody both a fancy dinner as well as a happening bar scene - and when you do, it's all of that fake posh glam. Luckily for us, Southam street just off Golborne Road north of Nottting Hill is one of the best recent additions on our map!
108 Garage in Notting Hill has proven to be a pretty big hit, installed in a converted garage space. Now the same duo, Luca Longobardi (the investor) and Chris Denney (the foodie), have sticked to what they know best (West London's fancy dinner scene) and have recently opened Southam Street. Luca has a hell of a story as he once made it to the top of his firm as a banker, to then find himself marrying 'Miss Brazil' and in the end spending some time in the joint due to a false accusation of money laundering. Thank God he made it back in one piece and even wrote a book about his ordeal!
Let's talk aesthetics! Despite the grudge of a new team and a new place, South Street is a place you need to visit. For that is actually three different places packed in a converted Victorian pub - all impressively designed by fabulous Victoria Vogel.
On the ground floor there is the grill - serving proper hot kitchen dishes-, on the first floor there is the raw bar -serving an interesting mix of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine- and as you walk upstairs you find yourself in a variety of rooms differently decorated but all coming together! A bar scene that's second to none - at least in that part of West London! And from what we know, on Saturday nights is really the place to be.
The menu on the ground floor appeals to all tastes and palates but if you wanna stay on the safe side then you'd need to go for the baby back ribs, glazed to perfection with just about the right balance between softness and crispness! The beef picanha with chilli ponzu was also cooked nicely but came in third (or fourth) but the Korean fried chicken bao buns dish is probably what wins them all! Delicious, delicious, delicious - you'll literarily want to have the extras coming, on and on!
The service is still a bit sketchy but we're hoping this is due to the recently formed team - after all, you kind of find yourself in the neighbourhood joint (only ten times better!) and not at some fine dining place. And the cost you'd have to pay confirms that as the bill is pretty decent.
The duo are reportedly planning to open Home Noir within 2018, which will have a members’ club, 20 loft apartments, a restaurant, clubhouse and roof deck. So stay tuned!