CALIFORNIA COMES TO LONDON
Daniel Walters discovers a foodie gem in Notting Hill
Having spent an evening feasting on Californian-inspired cuisine at Notting Hill’s best kept secret – the wonderfully summery Pomona’s – a new favourite seasonal hangout is ensured. Set across the indoor bar and restaurant, and the outdoor terrace area, Pomona’s is bright and colourful, with the décor as welcoming as the staff. It’s bright, pretty and spacious – white tables and coloured, upholstered (comfortable) chairs.
The food is Californian influenced. We’d heard that the range of dishes and flavours was eclectic and it was evident from the start: crispy duck and spring onion on a bed of cucumber, grilled halloumi drizzled in burnt salsa, and octopus tentacle. Each dish was perfect as a sharer, and the halloumi was a particular favourite, with the salsa providing a Mexican twist.
We would not go hungry, with dry aged sirloin steak, welsh lamb rump, and Madagascan prawns next up! The steak was cooked to perfection and the horseradish sauce was the perfect complement, and with the prawns glazed in lemon, chilli and parsley, our taste buds were in for quite a treat. This was all washed down with cocktails including a fruity blackberry cosmopolitan and a sensual lavender gin – the latter is served alight, a novel twist by Pomona’s masterful in-house mixologist.
For dessert, we couldn’t resist the melting-middle chocolate pudding topped with popping candy, and yoghurt and fruity granola (a healthy option to balance out the calorific indulgence)! We also shared a sharp, creamy lemon posset. Couldn’t resist another cocktail and so we ordered the ‘Bounty’ – every drop as delicious as it sounds!
It’s a real treat – and even more so with 20% off with the Restaurant Club Card (the offer is Tuesday – Friday).