191 Portobello Road
020 7908 9696
Ren Behan visits Electric Brasserie in the heart of Notting Hill, where Modern European food is served in a lively and upbeat atmosphere.
Electric Brasserie is located on Portobello Road adjacent to the iconic, hundred-year- old Electric Cinema and entrance to the Electric House private members’ club, all of the prestigious Soho House Group.
In such a prominent location, the weekend 12pm-5pm brunch menu always attracts a crowd with tables in the restaurant section requiring booking during evening service. On our midweek visit there were only a handful of tables still available for walk-in customers.
The smaller tables at the front are perfect at any time on which to perch drinks and a platter of small plates (house selection, any three at £14). A larger but still intimate and low-lit dining space at the back is filled with brasserie-style dark wood tables, flexible for smaller or larger groups, and comfortable brown leather banquettes set along the walls beneath large art deco mirrors.
Along one side of the brasserie, a well- stocked bar plays host to a cluster of groups and couples choosing from an excellent selection of cocktails. She’s Electric (£8.75) is highly recommended; vanilla sugar is made by the house using beans sourced from a local spice shop, adding sweetness to the puréed strawberry and a good dose of Stolichnaya Razberi vodka.
The focal point of Electric Brasserie is its open kitchen, centrally located allowing the chefs to interact with customers and providing an entertaining wallpaper and insight for diners into the heat and pressure of the pass.
Well-balanced menus change every six weeks around staple favourites such as the permanently-popular Duck rilette with fig chutney (£7.50). Portobello Market directly outside provides excellent seasonal doorstep inspiration for the chefs, particularly for their vegetarian dishes and sides.
With a key focus on sustainability a confident selection of seafood dishes, as well as hot and cold platters, are available. We tried the delicate whole sea bream (£15.00) though the salmon fishcake with spinach and beurre blanc was also very popular (£14.00). Meat-lovers will have fun deciding between the classic steak frites (£14.50) or lavish chateaubriand for two (£49.00).
Puddings (all priced at £6.50) are seasonal and include light options. Standout choices were Electric Brasserie’s flavourful take on a coffee and hazelnut Eton mess and the childhood-inspired treacle sponge and vanilla custard.
Friendly and knowledgeable staff did well enhancing the positive dining atmosphere within this established and fashionable Notting Hill hub.