Step Fifteen: King’s Road’s best-kept foodie secret

18 May

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I know this is very uncharacteristic of my blog, and goes against the whole purpose, but for this step I’m going to be utterly selfish and not disclose the name of this restaurant because it really is worth hunting down for yourself, and you’ll appreciate it even more when you find it. That is, if you can handle ra-ra-ra land.

I will however give you several clues, so it shouldn’t be that hard to locate.

Restaurant X is a deli, café and restaurant on King’s Road that changes its menu depending on seasonal ingredients. The food is simple, home-cooked and as we went for dinner, chargrilled. It’s all down to the fresh ingredients that make the meal so flavoursome – no fuss, just cooked on the grill and served with sauces.

We ordered the antipasti platter (£7.50 per person), which Restaurant X is quite famous for (pictured below). It came with thinly-cut salami, jamón, chorizo; big, fleshy olives; rocket and baby leaf covered in parmesan shavings; grilled vegetables and chunks of bread dolloped with pâté.

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For the main course, it was all about the chargrill. We shared the seafood board pictured above (£36.95 for two) which included tiger prawns, octopus and meaty chunks of swordfish, all served with generous portions of skinny fries and your choice of sauce. We went for the gorgeous garlic and parsley butter, the bearnaise and the salsa verde.

My sister had the bavette steak (£13.95) and my dad shared the côte de boeuf (£39.95 for two), equally heavenly and served with the same sides.

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The food is good value for money considering the gargantuan platter sizes, but the other big selling point is the setting. If you manage to bag a table in the outdoor, covered garden, you can enjoy the romantic ambiance of the restaurant with its charming fairy lights, French wooden décor, ivy trellises and white, garden furniture.

Restaurant X is also famous for its brunch menu, served until 3pm on weekends, and light lunch dishes.

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The details:

Location: somewhere on the King’s Road

Opening times:

Mon-Fri – 8am to 5:30pm then 7pm till late

Sat – 9am to 5:30pm then 7pm till late

Sun – 10am to 5:30pm

Definitely book in advance, and request a garden table.

Happy hunting!

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