Having been long-term residents in the Notting Hill area, my partner and I are always happy to sample a local restaurant’s fare. Given that Asian cuisine is a firm favourite in our camp as well, we snapped up the opportunity to review this charming restaurant on Ladbroke Road, a mere stone’s throw away from our front door. Although this is a relatively new incarnation for ULI having been situated here for around 18 months, locals have been delighting in their wonderful pan-Asian offerings for 14 years or so at the prior location on All Saints Road.
Change is for the better
We definitely approve of the change though as the new premises offer an alluring, charismatic terrace area, which is perfect for summer evenings in a quasi al-fresco/covered setting. The kindly hosts are well equipped for winter though with heaters and even blankets on offer should diners wish to have that extra cosy experience.
The interior décor has been carefully chosen in an effort to avoid the somewhat hackneyed approach of old school dragons against a red and black backdrop. Instead, you will find greenery & lantern lighting in the terrace, and amazing art further inside by Cody Choi, ballet dancer turned photographer extraordinaire, from super-cool urban art gallery Imitate Modern.
As for the food, it is simply divine, and seasoned favourites are on offer alongside a few more interesting choices from Thai, Malay and Singaporean cuisines. For starters we plumped for the prawns, which were deliciously crisp having been cooked in potato flour; the pork ribs and the chicken gyoza both of which were equally as good. A satisfied silence descended upon our table, no mean feat considering we had been joined by one of London’s most fastidious food critics, my partner’s 12 year old son, Jacob. Due to his presence and predilection for the dish, the second course of crispy aromatic duck was mandatory and received his seal of approval alongside ours.
Never deterred by volume of food, we (ahem), bravely continued through the banquet with fragrant steamed sea bass in garlic, and chilli beef, both of which left all three of us smiling in replete satisfaction. It would have been remiss of us though, of course, if we hadn’t politely sampled the deserts, and we can wholeheartedly recommend the Japanese ice cream coated in glutinous rice, which enables you to eat this fantastic dish with your fingers. The cheesecake is scrumptious as well… Ok, ok we really didn’t hold back here at all did we? Go, see for yourselves though, and we guarantee you won’t blame us for our gluttony!
5 Ladbroke Road, W11 3PA, 020 3141 5878
Takeaway/delivery options are available too: www.ulilondon.com