They say when one door closes another one opens. Thankfully, today, it’s a better door in exactly the same place.
We’re referring, of course, to Tiny Robot, the new Notting Hill restaurant and bar on the site of famed brunch spot Harlem (and little sister to Clerkenwell’s Giant Robot). It’s got a rustic-meets-New-York-diner feel, with rough brick walls, racks of magazines and newspapers, and Formica tables loaded with jugs of cucumber- and lemon-infused water and tubs of cutlery.
On the menu: simple Italian-American classics. Chef Andrew Lassetter recommends meatballs (naturally) along with seasonal specials such as venison and wild boar served with tomato or parmesan cream sauce. Giant Madagascar prawns with oregano, chilli and herb aioli are another favourite, along with crostini and cicchetti for under £1.
The small downstairs bar is set to open next week with a rare (for Notting Hill) late license until 3 a.m. Sadly it’s for members only. Call it a door policy.
Tiny Robot, 78 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RT (020 7065 6814 or tnyrbt.com).
Photo: Jonathan Perugia