You know when there are some local places that you always walk past and mean to try, but just haven’t been yet? ULI for me was one of those places.
I was invited along to try out lunch at one of Notting Hill’s oldest, most loved restaurants ULI. They re-opened last year at this new Ladbroke Road location (a hop, skip and a jump from Notting Hill Gate tube which is handy), after moving from their previous and well-renowned All Saints Road address. Their new home boasts a pretty impressive large outdoor terrace area for al-fresco dining with a cosy inside option for those less-daring of diners who aren’t up for braving these ‘springter’ (Spring-Winter) temperatures in London of late.
This place will be perfect in Spring / Summer though so jot down on your list and come have a look inside…
The decor is all white-washed walls, natural limed oak and relaxing soft blue tones that make for an instant simple, authentic and friendly atmosphere – just like the food and the staff.
I plumped straight for their infamous (and completely delicious!) Lychee Martini while looking through the menu which encompasses carefully selected dishes from throughout Asia. Our lovely waiter came over and explained all dishes were prepared using traditional Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean disciplines. As is often the case with pan-asian menus, they’re so great for sharing, so ULI would be a lovely choice of lunch or dinner with a slightly larger group if you’re in the area.
Dan and I, between us, tried a selection of the starters and mains from their weekend lunch menu including delicious and light chicken gyozas, refreshing mongolian lamb lettuce wraps, moreish crispy aromatic duck (has to be done – my favourite) and then finishing off with mains to share of their spicy thai chicken curry and the black bean chicken with chilli & garlic. It was so great to be scoffing this food in the area, as Notting Hill is somewhat lacking in asian restaurants compared to it’s Italian offerings, so I would really recommend a lunch or dinner here. Excitingly, they also do takeaway now too if you live nearby!
(This cute Breton striped ‘Hello You’ top is from Sugarhill Boutique).
After your lunch, why not head down Kensington Park Road (straight ahead when you leave the restaurant) to walk off the delicious food and explore the charm of the pastel coloured houses and the boutiques on Westbourne Grove…
Let me know if you head down and what you think! You can check out everything you need to know about ULI’s menus and opening times on their website here and you’ll find them at 5 Ladbroke Road, W11 3PA.