Opening to rave reviews, 108 Garage, is part of the swift gentrification of Golborne Road. The baby of Luca Longobardi and Chris Denney, 108 is all about serving great food – Denney is an alumnus of the schools of Nuno Mendez and Philip Howard. The eclectic menu is from everywhere and nowhere, an amalgam of flavours drawn from interesting, seasonal ingredients and then cooked to perfection. The dishes are complex, yet visceral – packed full of taste, sometimes subtle and sometimes overpowering. The whipped lardo butter with the sourdough bread is unmistakably porcine, while the high and low flavour notes of the Pink Lady Apple and Yuzu sorbet are brilliant. All of it is beautifully presented. The small, but carefully curated, wine and cocktail lists work well with the menu.
The Zeitgeist-inspired interior – industrial lighting, exposed brick walls, air ducts – is complemented by the mismatched crockery, and burnt wine box bread baskets. So far, so Shoreditch. The clientele is maybe less Shoreditch, but welcoming the experience in overlooked West London, is seemingly made up of the moneyed Notting Hill-ites drawn north of the flyover for something a little bit special at 108 Garage.