Where to find them:
- Westbourne Grove – 226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH
- Mayfair – 30 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4NB
- Serpentine – W Carriage Dr, London W2 2AR
We visited the Westbourne Grove location which is about a 10minute walk from Notting Hill Gate Underground.
What they’re about:
“Chucs Restaurant & Cafe is the sister concept to the 1950s-inspired swimwear and men’s fashion label of the same name, founded by Charles Finch.
Under the direction of Group Head Chef Alessandro Verdenelli, Chucs Restaurant & Cafe spans four London locations – Dover Street, Westbourne Grove, Harrods, and the iconic Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Hyde Park, serving up Italian favourites in exquisite settings.”
*taken from their website
What to order:
Disclaimer: This meal was complimentary
We opted for:
- Tagliatelle with black truffle
- Pizza with black truffle
- Sea Bass with Sicilian caponata
- Spaghetti de gragnano
- Creme brûlée with cherry
We also didn’t eat anything before in preparation so we were absolutely starving and so ready to eat.
First things first, interiors. After extensive research on instagram we had decided to visit the Westbourne Grove branch which is based opposite the very famous instagram spot Wild at Heart (look out for the bus stop with their logo and it’s behind that).
I never really understood why there was such hype around fresh pasta but now I get it. Compared to your chain restaurants, the homemade pasta was on another level. I myself, will naturally gravitate towards ordering anything with truffle in it (call me basic, call me snobby, I don’t care – I love it) and the smell when it arrived on the table got me so excited I was almost mad at myself for having to make sure my camera ate first and got that winning shot – but I won’t lie I was pretty happy with it.
The truffle pizza was slightly underwhelming as I felt like this was more a flatbread than a pizza but the truffle flavour was definitely strong. Naturally the favourite was the truffle pasta however the presentation of all the dishes was amazing and well complimented by the lighting in their back garden. We finished off with some mint teas and a creme brûlée with cherry and tiramisu. The tiramisu was nice however I would probably say I have had nicer but I’m a sucker for a creme brûlée, I can be so so full and if its on the menu then I am getting it but I was a bit nervous about the cherry – not a huge fan of cherry anyway and worried it was a wild choice for a creme brûlée flavour, that being said, I think it was definitely a different taste in a good way but I am still a big fan of the classic.
Overall, Chucs ticks the boxes for me for truffle, fantastic pasta and beautiful interiors. I also heard Harry and Meghan went recently and if it’s good enough for them its good enough for you!