The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill

Caribbean Restaurant

The Rum Kitchen is a Caribbean Restaurant a short walk from Ladbroke Grove tube station.  It is situated on All Saints Road.

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The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill, London

I started my afternoon by doing the self-guided walking tour of the Notting Hill movie.  This was followed by a wander around the shops at Portobello Road.  Finally,  I thought it was time to sit down for a late lunch/early dinner at The Caribbean Restaurant, The Rum Kitchen.

It wasn’t very busy at the time I went along, late afternoon on a Sunday.   I asked for a window seat, which I often do when eating alone.  You can read more about this from my handy tips when dining solo, blog post!  Note that there is also a bar area set away from the main part of the restaurant.  This might be a nice place to sit if you are travelling solo too and just fancy popping in for a drink.

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The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill, London

The Vibe

The bench seats and tables were brightly coloured and comfortable.  The walls were wooden slats, painted white, fun menus were on the tables and reggae music played in the background.  This all made for a good atmosphere.

 

Menu, Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill, London, Caribbean food
Menu at the Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill

The Menu

There was a good choice of food on the menu, some lighter bites such as roti pizza, with jerk chicken, sweet potato mash, jerk bbq sauce, allspice pickled onions and coriander.  Alternatively, there were jerk bbq wings or salt fish fritters with spicy chilli jam.  The larger dishes included red snapper fillet with spiced plantain, mango salsa, roasted green chill and spicy tomato sauce.  Several types of burgers were available too with a range of tempting side dishes.

My Choice

I chose the West Indian vegetable curry which included yellow and red peppers, sweet potato, chickpeas and coconut milk, coconut flakes, rice and peas. This cost £9.50 and would have been plenty on its own.  But as I can never resist plantain, I had a portion of it as a side order served with bang bang chilli jam for £3.50.  The food was extremely flavourful and delicious.

West Indian Vegetable Curry, The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill, London, solo travel reviews
West Indian Veg Curry at The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill
Plantain, The Rum Kitchen, Notting Hill, London, solo travel review, solo dining
Plantain with bang bang chill jam

In my opinion, the food offered good value for money.  The ‘bits and bobs’ appetisers start from £6, burgers start from £8.50 and the most expensive main course I could find on the menu was £15.

Desserts

I didn’t have enough room for dessert but there were 4 on offer, all priced at £5.  Desserts included a coconut flan drizzled with dark chocolate and a passionfruit tart with a splash of passionfruit puree… next time for sure!

The Service

I was served promptly and the host was friendly and attentive.  I didnt have to wait very long for my food and drink and once I was finished, the plates were removed quickly.  Another member of staff also checked everything was ok with my meal.

Would I Return?

100% yes.  The food, decor and vibe here was great.  I felt it was a good place to eat alone, whether you are coming here for a full meal or just having a drink and snack before hitting the shops again.  I will definitely come back.

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