Our search for authentic tastes in the capital city led us to Notting Hill. An area of London made famous by the annual carnival and iconic in Hollywood by Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts classic film of thesame title! This year, it is about to make more noise in culinary via the launch of Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Rhum Shack.
The Cottons brand, have been around for over 30 years serving authentic Caribbean cuisine all over London and with branches both in Camden and Shoreditch. The Notting Hill launch was most anticipated by foodies and critics alike.
As we sampled the menu on offer . It was clear to see that the owners had gone above and beyond to make sure that Cottons stands out from competition and delivers the best of Caribbean cuisine with an authentic twist. As for the drinks, i ordered signature Cotton’s rum, with a kick of ‘je ne sais quoi’... that’s French for ‘i don’t know’ what was in it but it sure tasted phenomenal!! Cottons has the largest rum collection in the UK, with over 300 varieties available. From Reggae Rum Punch to Killer Doppis to Piña Coladas, the Rhum Shack will be shaking up both classic and innovative cocktails using their own signature style and recipes.
Laurent Desiree, an esteemed chef of French Guadeloupe origin, has taking over the reigns as Executive Head Chef. Desiree will bring a distinguished and colourful past to Cottons, including TV appearances on MasterChef UK and Caribbean.
Cottons Restaurant and Rhum Shack
The Cottons kitchen team also includes Head Chef,Ross Sloane, who previously held 2AA Rosettes and a Michelin Bib Gourmand at Kota Restaurant, Cornwall. Sloane’s dishes will be ingredient-driven, sustainably sourced and foraged where possible. Fresh, organic flowers such as chive flowers and coriander flowers will be used within the dishes enhancing them both aesthetically and taste-wise.
What lets down most restaurants is customer service . However, at Cotton’s Notting Hill the service was truly exceptional. All staff, really bring the Caribbean vibe of fun, relaxed, courteous, and fantastic service. So, if you are stuck in the office and thinking of trying something new or perhaps want a little taste of the Caribbean sunshine right here on your doorstep. Cottons Notting Hill is highly recommended.
Cottons Caribbean Restaurant and Rhum Shack, 157-159 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11