Introducing the newest hotspot in town: The Kensington Quarter – an oh-so striking cafe, come bar, come restaurant. Part of The Quarter Group, this stylish yet accessible Kensington-based eatery is set to make a wave in the hospitality industry. I had the pleasure of experiencing an eclectic Modern Mediterranean tasting menu there last week.
Co-owner Valeria Zilka, says “The Quarter Group has sites in Kensington, Victoria, St James Park, Battersea, Chelsea, and Fitzrovia. Although we have different sites, we’re not a chain. There’s no copy and pasting. None of the sites are the same; each location mirrors what the neighbourhood has to offer. Our ethos is ‘homemade healthy food with a spirit of friendliness.’
Kensington in particular, is corporate yet welcoming; taking subtle inspiration from the neighbourhood’s theatrical background. Speaking of the welcome, we were served gorgeous cocktails on arrival, I loved the Strawberry Basil Spicy Daiquiri – with chilli infusions in particular. As expected, the chilli additions gave the notoriously kick-worthy cocktail an extra kick.
So let’s talk food. What was on ‘the stunning tasting menu’?
Salad of Confit Lancaster Duck Leg – with melon, smoked to perfection duck breast, cashew nuts, pomegranate, and poached duck egg.
Oven Baked Goats Cheese Tart – with sweet red onion marmalade, beetroot, apple salsa, and piquillo pepper dressing.
Grilled Artichoke Salad – with hearty broccoli, green beans, celery, parmesan, parsley, lemon, and olive oil.
Roast Sea Bass – with Russian salad, lemon oil, potato galette, and pea velouté.
Five Spices Braised Shoulder Mutton – with filling roasted vegetables, citrus herbs, pomegranate couscous, and quinoa
Butternut Squash Risotto – with spicy wild rocket and shaved parmesan.
Chocolate Delice – with a daring yet tasty combination of blueberry and pistachio crème pâtissière.
Spicy Banana & Ginger Tart Tatin – with a zesty pineapple salsa and lime mousse.
Lemon Meringue Pie – with vibrantly sweet spicy roasted plums, and passion fruit syrup.
Accompanying Wine for Each Course
A crisp, herbal and ever so slightly buttery Picpoul De Pinot 2013, Grange Des Rocs, Languedoc, France.
Sauvingon Blanc 2013, Framingham, Marlborough, New Zealand. Punchy passion fruit, grapefruit, and redcurrant-infused classic with a rich texture enhanced by barrel ferment.
Pinot Noir 2012, Le Petit Clos, Clos Henri, Marlborough, New Zealand. A Chocolatey nose with deep black fruit and subtle smoky aromas. The mouth follows with fruity freshness and lithe tannins.
Chianti Dei Colle Senesi 2010, Cantina Vittorio Innocent, Tuscany, Italy. A vibrant nose full of strawberry and cherry aromas, leather and spice notes, and a fragrant dried herb, and slightly meaty vibe in the background. The mouth is juicy and full of depth with fruit, rustic leaf, and cinnamon flavours.
Rioja Tempranillo 2011, Hacienda Grimon, Rioja, Spain. A toasty opening of fruity notes – with, warm cherry red tones and a balsamic-esque finish.
Monbazillac Jour De Fruit 2011, Domaine de L’Ancienne, Cure, France. Peachy aromas take the floor, followed by honey and acacia. A full textured, full-bodied fruit pastilles and apricots. My favourite dessert wine for sure.
I honestly loved everything on the menu. Every dish and every accompanying wine worked in perfect harmony. Rich and robust flavours, generous servings (despite the tasting nature of the menu!), and chic presentation.
The Quarter Group care about their guests. It’s a service with a difference. Oh yes, and there’s free wifi too!
Average Price Per Head
34-44 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, London, SW5 0EW
Weekends/Public Holidays: 7:00am-10:30pm
Rating = 10/10.
Love, Ms.Rae xo