Goode & Wright, Portobello

Portobello shoppers will rejoice upon discovering Goode & Wright, a brilliant brunch hang-out in Notting Hill. Westbourne Grove has plenty of options for mid-morning meals, but on Portobello Road it is trickier to find food indoors. I usually grab a snack from the street vendors at the market but last Saturday I was very happy to take a seat at Goode & Wright and indulge in their comfort food.

We squeezed in between the hungry diners and began perusing the menu. The restaurant describes itself as ‘a French bistro with a British twist’, the decor mimics a Parisian eatery with lovely panelling and simply dressed wooden tables; the menu features some classic British flavours. The restaurant was packed and hopeful latecomers were turned away at the door.

I immediately spotted several of my favourite ingredients on the menu: avocado, bacon, parmesan… it was impossible just to choose one dish, so I chose two! Luckily I’d been for a run that morning so my guilt was eased. For a savoury course, I ordered the brioche roll with bacon, avocado and tomato and for ‘sweet’ the Gypsy toast (French toast) with maple bacon and grilled tomatoes. My guest opted for the Austrian inspired Buttermilk chicken schnitzel with avocado and salad. It was all delicious, fresh from the kitchen and smelling divine. The brioche was soft and fluffy with grilled crispy, salty bacon and creamy avocado, I asked for a helping of mayo which complemented the dish. The chicken received a rave review from my guest, a giant flattened chicken breast covered in an irresistible coating. French toast is increasingly hard to find on London breakfast menus so I was delighted to spot it at G&W; the portion size is huge and the combination of sugary thick eggy bread and bacon makes for an indulgently tasty treat.

I was disappointed to hear fresh juice is not available here, so instead ordered a milky flat white, which arrived lukewarm. Despite these minor drawbacks, I thought the food was filling and fabulous, and the service speedy and friendly. A feast here will fuel an afternoon of searching for bargains in the market or just provide a cosy venue for a weekend meal with a friend.

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