It is rarely that you come across a restaurant that delivers whole-heartedly, but luckily for us Paradise by way of Kensal Green is one of those places. From charming and friendly staff to delicious good and varied and creative cocktails, Paradise is a real winner, heck even the décor had us impressed with its shabby, chic design.

After having perused many, many a menu seeing a Cherry and Nectarine Salad as a starter was an unexpected surprise which impelled us to try it. It stood its ground as an enjoyable dish with perfectly ripened fruit, baby spinach, peanuts and an elderflower sauce.

Beer-batter Halloumi served with crushed peas and match stick chips is what all good pub food should emulate to be; indulgent, filling and satisfying. The distinctive saltiness of the halloumi cuts through the grease of the batter while the crushed peas make you feel at least partially healthy. The Stirloin Steak was done to requirement which doesn’t sound like much of an achievement but as any steak fan will know, it’s always hit and miss from what your idea of medium rare is, to the chef’s.

We are informed while examining the dessert menu that the Sticky Toffee Pudding is a customer favourite, so curious to see if it will become our favourite we give it a try. It is definitely a contender with a thick slab of sponge drenched in a sweet toffee sauce, complimented with vanilla ice cream and a stick of nougatine. The winner of the evening though, would have to be the Baked Vanilla Cheesecake which arrives deconstructed in a mug with a praline crumble on top. It is incredibly creamy and thick, we are ashamed to say we couldn’t actually finish it but we shall definitely be returning to make sure we finish a whole one!

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