I was so busy vlogging our epic feast at Pomona’s that I’ve only just realised I’m not in A SINGLE photo from our lunch there (which might just be a first for this self-proclaimed poser 😉 )!
Fear not though, there’s tonnes of LA-inspired decor pics with turquoise and terracotta pops and not forgetting my all time favourite: hanging plants from the ceiling. Lush.
In the heart of Notting Hill and a stone throw away from Westbourne Grove where I once many moons ago and when I first met Peter too (so hello memory lane and wishing we were still 24!), with bustling streets busting with character and the prettiest of pastel-toned houses, Pomona’s fits any brief and makes for the ideal place to enjoy cocktails with the girls or a romantic dinner a deux, or a family feast like we lapped up, on Sunday too of course.
Wolfe, a former restaurateur and the Head Chef at Pomona’s brought treated us to dish after lip-licking dish of exquisite, Californian-inspired fare (you could almost taste the sunshine, people) with the sweet piece de resistance being the out-of-this-world sensational desserts which made up for the delayed train home!
Cooking on wood and charcoal in their ‘Bertha Oven’ to maximise natural flavours, well-known dishes here are given a flavoursome twist thanks to this innovative, smoky cooking method.
With snacks from the bar before the starters arrived spanning ingenious Socca Nut Mix (Cashews, Giant Corn, Almonds & Chickpeas) along with Pitter smokey Salamanca olives and soft homemade house bread I gluten-free diet for, were followed by sharing plates for a light but filling lunch.
Hey there grilled halloumi with burnt salsa, soft shell crab with tangy guacamole, crisp, delicious squid, tender octopus on roasted seasonal vegetables, chargrilled chicken and delicate Indonesian Monkfish Curry, rice and toasted cashew nuts. Finally, we gobbled up Butternut Squash, Cavolo Nero, Cottage Cheese and almonds (with my version being nut-free). Got a dietary request? Pomona’s will sort it!
The kids, who can be picky little eaters, relished their tasty spaghetti with homemade meatballs and tomato sauce followed by my own childhood go-to: Banana Split and ice cream.
The chocolate melt-in-the-middle pudding I plumped for with popping candy ice cream blew my mind. Again, worth breaking the diet for in order to enjoy every last pop in my mouth!
Peter inhaled this Lemon Posset with Lavender Shortbread and Raspberry Powder (almost too pretty to eat)!
Then it was frothy cappuccinos all round.
What a cracker of a meal. We ordered Cali wine too but I got so giddy on one glass, I can’t remember the names. Mumlife huh!
You must go to Pomona’s as it was one of the most relaxing and satisfying long Sunday lunches we’ve had. 10/10!
Watch the vlog over on my FB page.