Food and drink
Sardinian seasonal cooking, sometimes rustic, sometimes elegant (scallops with fregola salad, stuffed courgette flower). Listen for the specials – fresh crab maybe, with paper-thin celery dressed with lemon. I love their thick, grilled veal chop. Opt for the mash rather than the chips, which are standard-issue skinny fries. The house wine is £23 a bottle, but an excellent choice. I always finish with the cloud-soft vanilla bavarese topped with a shot of espresso – it’s gorgeous, and saves wanting to buy a round of coffee afterwards.
Assaggi attracts an international crowd as well as wealthy locals. The décor is confidently understated, with painted orange walls and simple furniture – flowers and window boxes add prettiness.
Staff are efficient and professional yet manage to make it all feel informal.
Surprising: discreetly set above a pub on a primarily residential street, but in easy walking distance of Westbourne Grove’s fabulous shops.
A three-course meal for two with side dishes and the cheapest wine will cost around £130.
- Families with teenagers
- Mature travellers
- Celebrity spotting