Review of Pomona’s in Notting Hill
Is it even possible for an establishment to do yellow, turquoise, red and green together without it looking like an IKEA showroom from ten years ago? The simple answer is, yes. Madly photogenic with natural light and plenty of luscious palms, as well as an open terrace area, brunch at Pomona’s was like taking a big time travelling step back to one of the photogenic cafes in Singapore. And that’s a mad compliment because they really know what they’re doing over there. Having read this far, can you tell that this review of Pomona’s in Notting Hill is going to be a happy one?
Now I know what you’re thinking: is she loving this place because it’s pretty? I hate to disappoint the cynics but the newly refurbished restaurant is on a winning streak with their brand new menu and new Chef Wolfe Conyngham. Focused on sustainable and locally-sourced ingredients, their eclectic offerings change weekly. I had the herb crumb encrusted braised ox cheek (£15) and the hearty root vegetable side dish of beetroot, heritage beetroot (a delicious and pale version similar to daikon) and carrot (£3). The meet was tender and fell apart at the touch of the fork. The accompanying dollop of celeriac puree was velvety, comforting and the elevated alternative to stodgy potato mash. Not much else one could ask for at brunch. But even for those creatures of habit, Pomona’s do the typical breakfast dishes and an array of big-portioned egg ones (£3-10). Here’s looking at you, Instagrammers.
It’s not often that a brunch place has drinks to rival its food and it’s refreshing that it’s not just the typical bottomless cheap prosecco on offer. Some recommended and interesting items on the cocktail list include the cherry and chocolate bellini, made with chocolate bitters and maraschino cherries (£11) and the alcoholic banana and Amaretto milkshake (£7), which is much more like a fruity smoothie with a real punch. Pace yourself because these go down way too easily. Vino lovers will appreciate the restaurant’s monthly curation of wines. Of late, the Ca’ Momi Chardonnay from Napa Valley has been a seasonal highlight for guests. Having tried a glass myself, the soft and almost earthy wine is bright and delightful with food.
Unlike a lot of Notting Hill eateries, this one doesn’t depend on its snap-happy affluent residences to impress. There’s plenty to return here for: a diverse menu that satisfies demanding foodies as well as your basic brunch bitches, their intriguing drinks menu – next time I go, I’m trying their dairy free kale smoothie with honey and mango – and of course, the greenery in the beautiful waiting area. The only suggestion I have is to let guests go home with a potted plant or two, you know, as a door gift. A girl can dream.
47 Hereford Road,
Londn W2 5AH