I have to honestly say I wasn’t thrilled when I first heard that there was a new eatery in Notting hill focused on healthy West Coast/Californian dining. I live in Notting Hill and for the last 3 years, all the fun places have closed up, replaced by plant-loving, acai bowl-hugging, £20 for a bowl of raw leaves, type restaurants. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (okay £20 for a vegan salad should be illegal), but I don’t want that to be my only choice when I’m feeling lazy.
I first ventured in several weeks ago, curious about the new menu, but only made it so far as having a couple of cocktails with a friend. The first impression of the all-day menu is reflects the fresh and vibrant West Coast style dining – salads, seafood, smoothies and citrus dominate the dishes. And to my surprise, it wasn’t all overzealous-life-goodness-renewal-energy-bowls, but (gasp!) buttermilk fried chicken and waffles and cheeseburgers with home fries. I waited with bated breath for Nic’s review before making a decision to go.
We ventured in a grey Sunday to try out the launch of their new brunch menu. The brightly coloured interior with cheerful reds, greens, blues and yellows against a backdrop of white washed walls practically teleports you into a David Hockney painting, which is the point, after all. Service is friendly and quick, and in half an hour, every colourful seat in the room was taken.
We ordered one of the weekend brunch specials, Softshell Crab and Bacon Burger (£12), which came in a slightly spicy batter and slathering of kimchi mayo. It fresh, well-seasoned and the crispy bacon added extra crunch.
The buttermilk chicken and waffles at first sight is a bit disappointing – £12 for two small pieces of chicken? There’s just something not right with the proportion of chicken to waffle. But, damn, that chicken was the juiciest little morsels of fried chicken I’ve ever tasted. I just wish there was more of it so I wasn’t left with just waffle and maple syrup.
The buckwheat pancakes with blueberries and coconut yoghurt (£11) were flawless. Crispy on the outside, light and fluffy American-style pancakes, minus the sugar, topped with the creamiest coconut yoghurt and juicy blueberries. Feeling inspired by this all this LA-style dining, we washed all this deliciousness down with fresh green smoothies.
Today’s definitely been a hit, and if they’re already getting busy within a half hour of opening, I suspect it won’t be so secret much longer. But if it means waiting for a table while you sip on any of their west-coast inspired cocktails while perched on a comfortable stool by the bar or the large windows, sign me up, it sure beats queuing outside in the rain for other nearby establishments. They’ve not yet even transformed the large outdoor seating area, which I suspect will be a big hit come those al fresco summer days. Anytime it’s raining here, I’ll now know where to find my dose of happy without having to jump on a plane.
Pomona’s – 47 Hereford Rd, London W2 5AH
‘A self-proclaimed vegetarian but will eat anything in the name of culture. Loves food, photography, people, and a slight unhealthy obsession with dogs’ -Michelle Chen