Restaurant in London
Chez Patrick is a delightfully run traditional French Restaurant in Kensington with a warm relaxed atmosphere.
Freshly painted inside and outside in spring 2011, the restaurant has an almost Mediterranean feel with the paintings adorning the walls and white table cloths.
I have eaten at this tucked away hidden gem for both lunch and dinner on numerous occasions and always thoroughly enjoy it. We are extremely well looked after by Patrick the owner and his very polite and hospitable staff.
We enjoyed the Grilled Calamari and Egg Benedict with Smoked Salmon on my first visit, followed by some wonderfully tasty homemade Ravioli and the Filet de Lieu Meunière that was on the Menu du Jour. Accompanied with a lovely carafe of the house red and dessert, the bill for two of us with tip came to just over £58.
My second visit was equally welcoming. My dinner guest had the most incredibly tasty Foie Gras with Ginger Bread and Mango, which literally melted in your mouth! We then both went for the homemade Scallop and Crab Ravioli, which is made into lovely little parcels and does not look like your traditional ravioli.
Together with a carafe of Rosé, the bill came to £70 including tip for two of us. For those on a budget, there is an excellent value 3 course set lunch and dinner menu.
It is not always easy to find a decent fish restaurant so it is worth noting that Chez Patrick has some great fish dishes as a speciality. The fish arrives fresh every day from Poole and you can certainly tell from the taste just how fresh it is and the scallops are hand-picked to preserve the sea bed.
The desserts are typically French. The Crêpe Flambées with Grand Marnier is excellent, flame and all as is the Crème Brulée.
The Wine List
The all French wine list (as you’d expect) is pretty extensive. The three house wines are good and on my last visit they were serving a 2010 red Syrah Grenache Saint-Cirice, VdP du Gard as well as white and Rosé. But if you want to look further you will find wines from Loire, Bourgogne, Rhone all with helpful notes underneath as to what to expect. I counted 10 white and 8 red wines as well as a very nice Champagne Deville “Carte Noire”. Patrick also serves two half bottle of white and red.
I do like the little note on the bill which says that the optional service charge is distributed to the staff, which is always good to know.
People tend to eat quite early in this area, so it is advisable to make a reservation for dinner. If you show up after 9:30pm without a reservation, you might just be lucky to get a table.
I have always thought it would be fun to hold a private party here, as Patrick has a first floor area which can take up to 30 guests, which is ideal for private functions and he can tailor the menu to suit the occasion.
Open Monday to Saturday for Lunch from 12 midday to 2:30pm; Dinner from 6:45pm to 11pm. Sunday only open for lunch.
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Need to book||Advisable|
|Clientele||Locals and those who know about the place|
|Restaurant good for||Couples, Large groups, Meeting up with friends|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dining Options||Lunch, Dinner|
Friendly, welcoming and warm.
Entrées from £7.90; Pâtes from £6.90; Fish Mains from £17.80; Meat dishes from £14.70; Desserts from £6.50. Glass of House wine from £4, Pichet from £9.40, bottle from £13.90. Glass of Champagne from £8.10. Set lunch menu £13.50; set dinner menu £16.90.
Last updated on 05-03-2013