If the idea of a winter supper conjures images of stodgy carbs, indistinguishable stews and uninspiring soups, head to Westbourne Grove’s Daylesford Organic, where new life has been breathed into what should be the most anticipated meal of the day this time of year. True to form, about 80% of the menu, which launched in December, is organic and refreshingly amalgamates hearty dishes with honest ingredients that combine to stunning effect. On a recent visit, we sampled a sound slow-cooked ox cheek and truffle ravioli starter, served with celeriac purée and raw Jerusalem artichoke salad. Its robust flavours aptly summarised the season, whilst delicate presentation and simple garnishes channelled the market and garden freshness with which Daylesford is now synonymous.
For mains, pan-fried sea bass with cauliflower, clams, lemon and sage oil was a delightfully fresh alternative to the glut of heavy meat dishes that proliferate most menus come winter, while cured shoulder of pork with beetroot, apple and fennel with smoked cider jus struck the just right balance of sweet and salty, earthy and airy. This being Daylesford, healthy options abound. Clementine chilli soused salmon with a watercress and shaved fennel salad is perfect for those gearing up for — or rebounding from — large festive meals, as is the salad of raw ‘slaw, toasted cashews, chilli, ginger and soy dressing. Truly committed diners can upgrade any meal with the addition of a super booster: bee pollen, linseeds and goji berries were our favourites.
Finish up with the heritage apple crumble tart — you’ve come so far — served with almond praline and ice cream, for a delightfully warming end to the meal. The allure of the other desserts, such as the cappuccino creme brûlée with a jam doughnut and coffee ice cream, or chocolate nemesis with vanilla crème fraîche, had us booking a table for our next visit on the way out.
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Daylesford Organic; 208-212 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RH; T 020 7313 8050; www.daylesford.com/notting-hill