Over in Notting Hill, Kensington Place have just launched a new two- month pop up – #FISHBone and never wanting to miss out, The Handbook braved the wind and rain to check it out.
Unlike the rest of the restaurant, the pop up (which is in a little room at the back) is much more stripped back and informal, dark blue tones and candles teamed with neon signs and long trestle tables to give an atmosphere of part American diner and part nautical restaurant.
The menu is simple, a few main dishes, a couple of smaller extras and sides – served up on a tray with cocktails arriving in enamel cups. Having teamed up with Sipsmith gin and vodka, the cocktail list features cheeky creative concoctions such as the Filthy Dirty Anchovy Martini
We started with the Scallopdog which arrived with brown shrimp and cucumber vierge and the Salmon ‘doner’. The Scallopdog – their take on a hot dog was surprisingly light but had a good flavour – it was one of our favourites. The Salmon ‘doner’ was a small pitta loaded with thick slices of smoked salmon and cucumber but another dollop of yoghurt wouldn’t have gone amiss.
Crab bahjis were crisp and just the right side of oily (in a good way) but there was no hint of crab – I think it was there but the crunchy batter overwhelmed it completely. A Prawnish pasty was buttery, flaky with a beautifully herby sauce studded with prawns inside, just a little on the small side for the £5.
Tripled cook chips were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside and a little gem salad was simply three lettuce hearts dipped in a sauce which we think was prawn cocktail.
But that absolute winner of the night was the sticky toffee ice cream sundae, another enamel cup filled with chunks of sticky toffee pudding, cream and ice cream and sugared walnuts – it was so simple and yet incredible – we could have easily eaten two. We finished with a plum shot which the delightful waiter chose for us, the service couldn’t be faulted.
The only downside I would say is the price at £8 for the Salmon ‘doner’, £9 for the Scallopdog (both of which arrived alone) and £3 for a gem lettuce it is a little steep. Which is a shame because the food is delicious, you just need a little more for your money.