The Glass Room Restaurant, Notting Hill, No longer with us

Christmas had not gone well, on Christmas Eve I had come off worst in a tussle with a glass lamp I was dusting and ended up in Casualty. I was back in again on Boxing Day to have my injured hand operated on. With my hand bandaged up and in a sling I was unable to make use of the gloves and cufflinks my lovely wife had bought me for Christmas. It was also tricky eating with one hand despite my brother cooking a great Christmas dinner. Thoroughly fed up after Boxing Day my wife suggested we go out for a meal. She suggested the "glass room" which is near home and most italian food can be eaten with one hand.

We went in early and it was rather quiet but the staff were friendly and showed us to a nice table in the rear conservatory area which gives the restaurant it's name. My wife has been before and said that in summer it is a lovely spot for lunch. Despite no sun the space was airy and nicely decorated. We weren't going to have a starter but as I had ordered red wine risotto for mains the waiter advised to share one as the risotto was cooked from fresh and could take a little time. We therefore shared some nice tomato and mozarella in fillo pastry. The restaurant soon started to fill up with various locals. One coulple in particular amused us as the wife spent the meal telling her chap off if he made a move for his wine glass. She was quite loud so we gathered he had overindulged in the Churchill Arms on Christmas Day and was very much still in the dog house!

My risotto arrived which was nice enough but not quite my thing. Nothing wrong with how it was cooked but I perhaps should of chosen differently. My wife's cod on the other had was lovely, a huge portion of pan fried cod with a rich saffron sauce. Really very nice indeed. To follow I had a tiramisu which was pretty good but maybe needed another glug of booze, my wife again faired better with a superb apple tart. The pastry was wonderful. I washed my meal down with a couple of glasses of nice sicilian red.

All in all a very pleasant evening, nice service, entertaining clientele. The food was good though next time I would order differently as I can now use both hands. The bill came to £80 for both of us which isn't bad for kensington. As a bonus touch they gave us a £10 off voucher for next time we go which we will certainly will.

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Overall rating
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

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