I had a brunch date with a friend on Saturday. We chose Notting Hill for the location as it was on the Central Line, within easy access for the both of us. I LOVE brunch, but it’s been a while since I’ve had a good and proper one. I was therefore super excited to try out a new brunch spot in West London, an area in London that I don’t go to all that often.
After a quick spot of Googling, we settled on Cafe 202 at Westbourne Grove, about a 7 minute walk from the Notting Hill tube station. Cafe 202 is, rather quirkily, a cafe set in the midst of a clothing and book store (or is it a clothing and book store set on the side of a cafe?).
Whatever it is, the long queues I saw were most definitely for the cafe!
If you can stick out the queue, which thankfully moves constantly, you’ll find yourself seated on some wooden chairs in an open plan area filled with classic furnishings. I really liked the feel of it, which was casual but smart.
The menu had a great mix of choices on offer and it was really rather difficult to choose!
I plumped for pancakes in the end as I’m always too lazy to cook any for myself though I enjoy eating them from time to time… especially buttermilk and ricotta pancakes… with creme fraiche and fresh fruit compote.
Coupling my pancakes with a cup of flat white was a great choice.
My companion opted for Eggs Benedict with Parma ham (not pictured as I still feel uncomfortable with photographing other people’s food – a food blogger I am clearly not! 😛 ). For those of you with children, they offer a few kid-friendly dishes. My friend’s daughter went with the tomato pasta which looked pretty decent!
I was still fairly hungry after gobbling down my pancakes, and decided to follow it up with some courgette fritters. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy this as much, finding it to be a little too oily for my liking.
One overall criticism I have for Cafe 202 is the stark plainness of the dishes. There’s no real regard for presentation or visual appeal, which I’ve taken to be a given at these fancier joints in Notting Hill. But hey, you can’t eat a “look”, so as long as the food is good, I guess it doesn’t really matter!
Honestly speaking though, I probably wouldn’t bother going back, and especially not during the weekend when there are sooo many people. I just feel like there are other better brunch spots in the area at a similar price range with a better all-round service.
Let me know what you think if you’ve ever been there!