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Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?

DockKitchen

Dock Kitchen

Recommended by: Chelsea Leyland (International DJ), Alexandra Shulman (Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue)

Dock Kitchen is in an unbelievable spot in a Victorian Wharf building overlooking the Grand Union Canal. The menu is ever-changing based on what’s fresh, and the food is playful, eclectic and affordable.  “Dock Kitchen is fantastic, which is off Portobello Road on a canal. It’s a really great restaurant.” Alexandra Shulman (Editor-in-Chief, British Vogue) www.dockkitchen.co.uk

Essenza

Recommended by: Lucy Yeomans (Editor-in-Chief, Porter)

This trendy neighborhood trattoria’s tiny space is always packed with smart and trendy regulars who have memorized the menu from front to back. Fresh and seasonal dishes from all over Italy are offered, such as beef carpaccio, home made fettuccine with porcini mushrooms and bacon, and a platter of grilled shellfish. The express business lunch is popular amongst [...]

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Ottolenghi Notting Hill

Recommended by: Jody Williams (Chef/Owner, Buvette), Gabrielle Bernstein (Writer, Motivational Speaker), Eden Grinshpan (Host, Eden Eats), Daphne Oz (TV Personality), Yael Stone (Actress), Nazanin Boniadi (Actress)

Known for their pastries, Ottenlenghi also serves up delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Hot breakfasts are served, lunch is served deli-style from behind the counter, and dinner is served from the kitchen. All of the menu items for dinner are designed to be shared, so you can order a bunch for the table and enjoy. Make [...]

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Thai Rice

Recommended by: Rachel Lefevre (Actress)

Family recipes and fresh ingredients are the driving forces behind the success of this Thai restaurant. The fast and friendly service, along with the enjoyable ambience, makes this the perfect place to grab a quick, authentic Thai meal. “There’s also a restaurant on Portobello Road called Thai Rice that I love to go to after a day [...]