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X BURGER HOUSE

40-42 Willesden Lane, NW6 7ST

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X Burger House is located in Kilburn also home to live music venues The Luminaire and The Good Ship. We visited the restaurant to line of stomachs before a night of sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Ok just rock’n’roll but you get the drift.

The menu is inspired by Brazilian street food, the burgers come in two sizes and there is a good selection on offer. The drinks menu is also Brazilian themed with Caipirinhas and other cocktails coming in at under £4. To eat we had the Classic X Burger staying safe with the 5”, the X Special Hotdog and sides of onion rings, homemade chips, deep fried yam and polenta chips.The burger was huge, thank god we didn’t order the 7”! Packed with meat and served in a toasted bun it got our seal of approval. The hotdog was what can only be described as a beast, served in a huge roll full of Brazilian Sausages, tomato sauce, peas, sweetcorn, pickles, potato Sticks and house mayonnaise. If you have tried street food in Brazil you’ll recognize this dish, junk food at its finest.

The sides were fresh, non greasy and generous portions, our favourites were the polenta chips and onion rings. Stomachs lined we hit the town, well the Kilburn High Road. We give the X Burger House a big thumbs up. If you’re in the area try it, you’ll like it. Oh yeah and the prices are lower than low!

40-42 Willesden Lane, NW6 7ST

THE SHOP NW10

75 Chamberlayne Rd, London NW10 3ND

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Question: When is a shop not a shop? Answer: When it’s a bar!

The Shop NW10 is a new bar on Kensal Rise that not only offers food and drink for sale but also the artworks on the wall and even the furniture you’re sitting on. The concept is that the bar presents a shop front for local artists looking for exposure and to provide a meeting place for creative minds.

The drinks are served in retro milk bottles adorned with old advertisements, and the attention to detail goes right down to the metallic lids with the Shop logo pressed on to the top of the bottle. Punching your straw through the lid will reveal beneath a cocktail specially designed for the bar and take you back to your school days and the beloved milk trolley. ‘The Shop Assistant’ consisting of El Jimador tequila, fresh lime, honey, raspberries and lager, a concoction that on paper shouldn’t work, but really, really does. Refreshing and fruity, it went down a treat.

If that isn’t to your taste, then perhaps the pina colada-style ‘Once Loved’ is more up your street – a tropical mix of our favourite Kraken rum, coconut milk, creme de abricot and pineapple which is surprisingly potent. On a warm summery day, this could transport you from Kensal Rise to paradise. We also tried the 5th Floor Margarita, a heady mix of tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice, dangerously addictive and dangerously strong!!

The Shop really looks the part, especially the bar itself, reclaimed from World War II era crates and multicoloured floorboards, giving a particularly bohemian feel. The lighting is pretty special too – some reclaimed from Manchester Airport circa 1960’s and some from Cold War era Czech factories. The overall feel is very relaxed and somewhere for locals and creative personalities to mingle and socialise over a few particularly special drinks.

75 Chamberlayne Rd, NW10 3ND

PARADISE BY WAY OF KENSAL GREEN

19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, London, W10 4AE.

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Last week we grabbed our passports and ventured way out West to Paradise By Way of Kensal Green. The restaurant has seen many celebs walk through it’s doors and lately a new a new chef too, Cat Ashton who came from one of our FAVES, Petersham Nurseries.

The new menu, which changes up depending on what produce is available, features dishes as good to look at as they are to taste.  To start we tried the beautifully soft seared tuna, on a bed of avocado fattoush salad and tahini yoghurt. To follow, we sampled the chargrilled rib-eye covered in homemade chorizo butter and a slice of halibut on a bed of greens with fresh clams and then there was the polenta chips dusted in parmesan, DELISH.

When you’re done with dinner be sure to head to the ‘club room’ and dance off those calories or to the terrace for a cheeky nightcap. Either way if you’re looking for dinner way out West be sure to go Paradise’s way…

19 Kilburn Lane, Kensal Green, W10 4AE.

PARLOUR

5 Regent Street, NW10 5LG
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We chose to forget all our well-intentioned resolutions at Parlour in Kensal Green. Near enough to Notting Hill to attract the young, attractive, well-off West London crowd, it is slightly too far north to attract the more annoying ‘Made in Chelsea’ Sloane Rangers. Situated just around the corner from quality boozer Paradise by way of Kensal Green, the area has a lot going for it. Parlour itself retains a lot of quaint early 20th century charm with reclaimed tables and retro tiled walls, giving a vaguely hipster atmosphere.

We weren’t just here to appreciate the view though, so we kicked off our meal with ‘McTucky’s popcorn chicken nuggets and  fried Brie. The popcorn chicken is clearly supposed to echo the KFC product of the same name but couldn’t be more different, a huge bowl of fried chicken with spicy coating covered in actual popcorn, giving it a sesame-like taste. The deep fried cheese was gooey and rich as it should be, served with homemade cranberry sauce.

Having set the bar high, the mains would have to go some way to impress us…The sea bass was delicately flavoured and complemented with potted shrimp and broccoli, but the star of the show was the cow pie. Evoking Desperate Dan’s favourite dish, this was something even the most creative comic writer wouldn’t dare create. The dish was family sized (providing there’s eight or more in your family) and shouldn’t be attempted by one person. In the centre of the pie, a hollowed out bone was used as a chimney to allow steam to escape, preventing the pastry from becoming soggy. The bone marrow from the hollowed bone was presented on top of the pie, a gloriously rich accompaniment to the quality beef below.

Having eaten more pie than is healthy, we had to split a dessert, opting for the giant wagon wheel, a playful riff on the old school biscuit. Two giant chocolate covered cookies were delivered to our table, one with a handful of marshmallows piled on it. The waiter then produced a huge welding torch and melted the marshmallow at the table, nothing like a bit of gastro-theatre. Sandwiching the two cookies together, it provided the perfect finish to a fantastic meal.

The Parlour also prides itself on it’s range of beers, from rare imports and unusual brands to their very own in-house brew. It would have been rude not to sample it of course, and we can report that Parlour lager is very refreshing and light with a malty taste.The perfect balance of quality food, creativity and showmanship and all very good value too. Just be prepared to give up the diet when you visit.

5 Regent Street, NW10 5LG

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