Beach Blanket Babylon. Even if you haven’t had the opportunity or time to visit this well-regarded restaurant and bar ‘chain’ (there are two of them), you have probably heard of the name. As a Londoner, the original Notting Hill branch is something of an institution; a guarantee of good food, great drinks and an even better interior. Although, when the sun is out, sometimes you need to eat al fresco…
Saturday called for a working lunch. After a few hours of outfit shooting and feeling a little parched, myself and the Lady popped in for a bite to eat and a tipple to drink. The menu is a good balance of heavy and light dishes but, with an empty stomach, the Aberdeen Angus beef burger beckoned. A mountain of meat sandwiched between a generous helping of salad and a soft bun, it was definitely a good choice. The Lady opted for something a little lighter; aubergine and mozzarella drizzled with olive oil. Merely a snack by my own standards, but a fresh and tasty one at that.
Our liquid starters were a little more adventurous. My ‘Mountain Sounds’ was a Japanese twist on the classic Old-Fashioned; Hakushu Japanese whiskey, apple, vanilla, fig,
sweet vermouth and cocoa all stirred over a mountain of ice to provide a sweet-tasting short drink with a punch. For the Lady, an ‘Elixir’, containing her usual combination of vodka and passionfruit, albeit with a herbal twist in the form of fresh basil. There is an extensive cocktail list to sample, all with a slight variationt on classics you would easily recognise. With it being midday on a Saturday, though, and the outfits not shooting themselves, we decided to stick to just the one.
After whiling away the hours in the sunshine, it was time to get back to work. However, with summer fast approaching and Notting Hill providing some of the best shoot locations the Capital has to offer, I have a feeling that it won’t be too long until we’re back at our favourite table in W11.