The wide array of London’s gastronomic choice is now complemented by the opening of Pomona, an all-day, L.A. style restaurant in the heart of the affluent and cosmopolitan London borough of Notting Hill. This new London venue is a space full of natural light that pours in through large windows, enhancing its vibrant colours, giving it an inviting atmosphere in which to experience a taste of sunny California (London is all about experiences at the moment). It comprises a restaurant and bar, as well as a conservatory and verdant courtyard that will certainly play a central role in the warmer months to come, if last summer is anything to go by.
The décor has an unmistakably ‘Pop Art’ touch: chairs in bright orange and green, turquois-blue and canary yellow that contrast with the odd pale yellow walls. The interior, designed by Sundae Design Studio, was inspired by David Hockney’s 1970’s Malibu period. The tropical atmosphere is enhanced by abundant greenery: hanging pot plants are suspended above the restaurant, and cactuses in the conservatory’s window ledges complement Pomona’s colourful chairs, steel-top tables and birch-wood bench seats.
This decoration goes hand in hand with the food: Executive Chef Gareth Sanderson has travelled along America’s West Coast in search of inspiration to create the menu, consisting of carefully selected and locally sourced fresh produce, with a focus on the healthy, clean and tasty flavours so typical of that part of the States. The menu includes snacks and small plates that sound very tasty: steak tartare, shredded kimchi, lardo toast and celery sprouts; or Kumomoto oysters with cocktail sauce, horseradish and mignonette; main dishes like Sea bass, saffron pearl couscous, and cilantro gremolata; Crispy pork belly, mojo de ajo, smoked polenta and winter leaf salad; casual dishes such as Soft shell crab and bacon burger; Chargrilled bloody steak sandwich on sourdough with argula and kimchi mayo, or Grilled cheese on brioche; and sweets including Caramelised croissant and prune pie with crème anglaise and Valrhona chocolate cremeux, olive oil and truffle salt.
The stunning American bar at Pomona, headed by Kestutis Stirba (formerly Head Bartender at Gordon Ramsey Restaurants), offers a list of cocktails well worthy of such a California-inspired place: Pineapple Fizz with vodka, fresh pineapple, jalapeno and ginger ale; White chocolate daiquiri with rum, green Chartreuse, Lillet, white cacao and lime or Blackberry cosmopolitan with gin, orange curaçao, lemon and blackberries. There is also a comprehensive range of West-Coast-heavy wines, beers and fizz.
SEEN welcomes this new lively restaurant and their gastronomic choices, based around health and freshness, which is reflected in the great ambience of Pomona in Notting Hill.
47 Hereford Road