Located at the ‘wrong’ end of Golborne Road, perhaps, West Thirty Six juxtaposes its dodgy surroundings with a breath-taking interior fit-out.
Enter into the busy bistro-style ground floor restaurant, with open kitchen and riveted metal tables…
The journey to our table was reminiscent of passing through a very upmarket house party, past beautiful cocktail-sipping patrons and reclining revellers! The maitre d’ led us through the restaurant and up several flights of stairs, past beautifully furnished cocktail lounges and landings…
…till we reached our table in the ‘Monkey Room‘, a drawing room-style restaurant with an eclectic mix of luxurious furniture, bookcase-lined walls and an assortment of modern and traditional artworks. I totally fell for the décor – my top tip is to request a table in this area when booking, for sure.
West Thirty Six’s menu has been created by Jon Pollard, formerly of Soho House, and is modern grill house – namely, steak. Seated at a mahogany table in leather wingback armchairs, Chris and I shared a steak tasting board (£45 to share), each piece of Hereford beef aged in-house and optimally cooked according to cut, and slightly charred on the outside. The steaks were nice… but it was the accompanying dishes that really stole the show.
The Crab Trifle starter elicited a ‘wow’ of appreciation with each bite…
Sides of Truffled Mac ‘n’ Cheese and an Asparagus & Bacon Salad were delicious – the latter of which featured huge chunks of pork (the menu massively downplayed this dish, which featured pork belly and not merely ‘bacon’!) and a soft-centred boiled egg. Chunky chips were below par though – skip those in favour of more macaroni!
After mains, we were pretty stuffed, but in a bid to remain in our super comfy armchairs for a while longer, we ordered pudding! Rhubarb Cream and Banoffee desserts were fab, the rhubarb tart and sweet all at once, and the banoffee utilising all the normal ingredients but presented in a totally new way.
West Thirty Six is also available for private parties – the top floor can be hired out – another quirky townhouse space with its own bar, DJ booth and fabulous furnishings.
Weekend brunch at West Thirty Six is pretty great too (although the music soundtrack was rather odd – like a throwback for a nineties rock concert?!) – I’ve tried and tasted the Full English (£15) and Oat & Ricotta Pancakes (£11), and it’s nice to enjoy the beautiful interior in the daylight, or out on the terrace. Sunday roast is available for £19 from 12 noon too.
Additionally, the Tool Shed is a good place to know about – a smoking, drinks and barbecue area that’s part open to the elements.
3-course meal for two (food only) around £130.
West Thirty Six
36 Golborne Rd, Near Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5NR