Cafè Guide in London: Rowleys And Goode & Wright

London is packed full of places to indulge your inner foodie. Down each and every street in central London you’ll find shiny chains, bustling bars and halls full of diners, but if a little corner of quiet is what you’re after, you’re in luck.

Hidden away from the packed pavements of Piccadilly, Rowley’s is a London classic. Its small shop front, nestled among Jermyn Street’s upmarket independent retailers, is unassuming. Inside, the style of the interior is classic and traditional with low, intimate lighting. Originally a butchers shop, the restaurant boasts a beautifully preserved interior with walls covered in intricate period tiles.

When it comes to the food it’s all about Rowley’s house speciality: entrecôte steak topped with ruffles of butter sauce, made from a top-secret recipe. The dish comes with a crunchy green side salad and unlimited French fries - yes, I did say unlimited – and is easily one of the best dishes I’ve ever eaten. It’s the kind of meal you never want to end – and that’s where those never-ending fries come in especially handy.

The rest of the menu is simple. Think perfectly seasoned smoked salmon with buttered brown bread, chicken liver paté and poached fish with hollandaise. Pudding is just as fuss-free - sticky toffee pudding and crème brûlée are staple offerings on their rarely changed menu. If you have room for dessert, we’d personally recommend the caramelised tarte tatin. It takes a little longer as it’s whipped up from scratch, but it’s more than worth the wait.

Over in Notting Hill is another gem hidden in plain sight. Goode and Wright is barely tucked away, but you’d be forgiven for passing it by. The trendy bistro is on Portobello Road itself, shrouded in stalls and crowds of tourists during market days. In the evenings though, when the area clears out, Goode and Wright comes into its own.

Inside, the restaurant is edged by vintage-style panelled wood interiors with cushion-topped benches. Globe lights dangle from the ceiling and the floor is topped by traditional black and white diamond tiles.

When ordering you can take a tapas approach and share small plates of charred octopus, Devon crab and wild sea bass carpaccio. Alternatively you can skip straight to the pleasingly presented large plates of buttermilk chicken schnitzel, ox cheek croquette and roast venison with black pudding and Jerusalum artichoke on the side.

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It is clever cuisine at affordable prices - surprising dishes served up in charming surroundings. 

Article written by Ellie Walker-Arnott taken from the February 2014 issue of Heart Home magazine.