There will come a time in your life where, through no fault of your own, you will have to organise dinner in Kensington for your friends who live in East London. It may seem like an impossible feat to find somewhere that’s nice, but also not too pricey, not too stuffy, not too polished, and not too well, er, ‘West London’. Thanks to Locanda Ottomezzo, a neighbourhood Italian restaurant with Italian movie memorabilia on the walls and actual Italians in the seats, planning this dinner is not impossible. This isn’t the finest of Italian restaurants, but it gets the job done, and there’s some theatre in the form of the risotto which comes to your table in a cheese wheel, mixed, and then served onto your plate. Locanda is great for any occasion, but it’s best for a small group dinner where you can also share a few bottles from their excellent wine list.
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If you so happen to be in South Kensington, Dozo is a great option for a casual lunch or dinner. The sushi is good quality, and the rolls are fun.
Wright Brothers South Kensington
There are a few Wright Brothers restaurants dotted all over town, but the South Kensington location is the one that your mum would like the best.
Yashin Sushi is an excellent, creative, and modern sushi restaurant with an ever-changing list of unusual and seasonal ingredients.
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French restaurant Belvedere’s hidden location in Holland Park makes it feel like you’ve stumbled on a real-life Hotel California. But with peacocks.
Need a cosy, plush Italian restaurant in central London? Cafe Murano in Covent Garden is a safe pair of hands, with fine wines and upmarket cuisine.
Macellaio RC Union Street
Macellaio serves incredible Italian-style steaks from Piedmont, and nice pastas, too. It’s definitely worth it for a splurge.
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