4 Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill, London, W11 1NN
Tucked away behind Portobello Road is Books for Cooks, a book shop which goes above and beyond in dishing up a passion for food. This small novelty book shop contains a test kitchen, where owner and chef Eric Treuille summons up delicious recipes inspired by those contained in the books which line the walls of the shop. Lunch is served at 12pm on a first-come-first-served basis. Luckily we were tipped off to arrive early, as by 11:45 the tables were full and hungry expectant diners were asked to wait until we had finished (yes, I did feel a little smug watching on). There is no choice and the menu changes daily. We were dished up a scrumptious duo of butternut squash, apple, and chili soup, followed by slow cooked lamb with sherry and parsley rice. Simply put, the food was delicious, but what was even better? The price. For two diners, eating two starters, two main courses, and one coffee, the bill came to £12. Yes £12. Suffice it to say, I will be going back for more. The only downside was that whilst you eat, it is difficult to ignore the onlookers in the cramped shop, eagerly waiting for you to finish so that they can get in on the action. To avoid this, try getting there early in order to pick one of the tables tucked away at the back.
Verdict: YES. 5/5
P.s. I found Books for Cooks through Twenty Something London, an amazing website with lots of ideas for fun and different things to do around London.