Island Bar & Dining Rooms

Island Bar & Dining Rooms

Pubs and Bars with Restaurants

0.5 miles
123 College Road, Kensal Green, North West London, NW10 5HA
Stray away from Kensal Green's buzzing main thoroughfare in search of Island Bar & Dining Rooms, and you'll find yourself in a leafy residential area. It's perhaps an unusual place to wind up on a Saturday night, but resist the urge to turn back and you'll be rewarded with a deliciously different dining experience. Hats off to owners Edward Davis and Olly Daniaud, who took a sticky-carpeted hulk of a pub and turned it into a stylish, slightly offbeat bar and restaurant, decorated with a collection of flotsum and jetsum any beachcomber would be envious of; an enormous carved fish oversees proceedings, lobsters in frames adorn the walls, and an inexplicably large clam shell stands in the corner.

The food is spectacular - head chef Luke Keating searches far and wide to find fine ingredients and fresh, seasonal produce to create an innovative and exciting menu. My starter of chargrilled quail, marinated in rosemary, Madeira and juniper berries, was served with a bitter-sweet salad of endives and grapes and a drizzle of rich truffle vinaigrette, while my main course of monkfish was a delicious medley of Mediterranean flavours, with crispy chorizo, olive tapenade and butterbeans. Plump, delicate scallops with sweet pea shoot and apple purée paved the way for my companion's main course of pork cheek, which was delicately spiced with star anise and accompanied by sprouting broccoli. Two delectable desserts followed; a light fluffy raspberry clafoutis arrived in its own tiny frying pan with a shot of amaretto on the side, along with a rather pretty Eton Mess - a mouth-watering muddle of crunchy meringue, baked cherries, sprigs of fresh redcurrants, mint leaves and cream.

After dinner we slipped downstairs to the snug, with its ambient lighting and matchbox art-covered walls, ordered a couple of Espresso Martinis and sank happily into the ripped leather couches. Every Saturday night, Desert Island Disco takes place in this cosy little den, the resident DJ playing laid-back reggae and soul. Adrift in a sea of hyped-up, uninspiring bars, this place is a bright, breezy breath of fresh air.
+2Island Bar & Dining Rooms
Open: Mon & Tues noon-11pm; Weds-Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-11.30pm; Food Served: Mon & Tues noon-3pm (sandwiches only), 7pm-10pm; Weds & Thurs noon-3pm (sandwiches only), 7pm 10.30pm; Fri & Sat 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm; Sun 12.30pm- 10pm

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