Brunch @ Goode & Wright

May 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Touting itself as a ‘French bistro with a proper British accent’, Goode & Wright in Notting Hill is a wonderful place to have a lazy weekend brunch.

Ignore the slightly odd name and step inside this cosy restaurant located at the end of Portobello Road – making it the prime place to refuel after your wanderings around the famous market.

Serving brunch all day – well until 5PM when the dinner menu takes over – the food is a combination of French and British cooking.

With a wide menu that includes the adventurous ducks egg in a basket to the more comforting full English breakfast, there is bound to be something that tempts your taste buds.

The Food

My aunt and dining companion on my visit to Goode & Wright ordered the familiar eggs benedict. What came out was nothing less than a work of culinary art.

On first glance the dish looked to be missing the key ingredient: eggs. But with a friendly word from our lovely French waiter we discovered the egg was hiding in the muffin.

Topped with spinach and prosciutto, the beautiful smell wafting over was almost enough to make this egg-hater try a piece.

I chose the more lunch-y option of spicy breaded chicken with frits (that’s fries for the non-French speaking lot of you out there).

The thin strips of tender chicken set in between toasted was absolutely divine – I’ve no idea what the accompanying sauce was, but I would have happily eaten piles of it on its own.

The only downside to the dish was answering the question of: how do I eat this? Fingers didn’t really seem the right way to go, but knife and fork wasn’t quite as effective at cutting through as teeth.

Finishing off our meal the two of us shared a dessert of dark chocolate fondant with hazelnut ice cream.

Moist, rich, though with a centre slightly less gooey than expected, the fondant was lovely. But the dish was stolen away by the incredible hazelnut ice cream. One scoop was not enough.

The Experience

Topping off the great food and relaxed atmosphere, was an amazing waiting staff.

Friendly, attentive and absolutely gorgeous (it’s always a bonus to have something nice to look at when you are eating) they made the experience that extra little bit special. And the fact that they took the time to coo over the baby sitting next to us was the cherry on top.

The only criticism I have to make is about the bathrooms. There was only one (for both male and female) with no baby-changing facilities and they could have used a bit of a clean up.

But it’s a very small point. The food, atmosphere and service have guaranteed that I will make a visit back to the Goode & Wright – and encourage you to give it a try.

Need to Know

Where: 271 Portobello Road, Notting Hill

Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove (Hammersmith & City) or Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle, District)

Open: Tuesdays to Saturdays 11-10PM, Sundays 12-5PM. Closed Mondays.

Price: a little on the expensive side, but for the location and quality it’s worth it for a once-in-a-while treat

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