Like me you might well know the Kensington Roof Gardens best for their late night bar and being able to dance until the early hours but they have a fabulous restaurant Babylon which serves delicious food in fabulous surroundings.
So for many years I have frequented the Roof Gardens for nights out with friends and disregarded the restaurant but I thought it was about time that I hung up my dancing shoes for the night and to have a more civilised dinner instead.
We started our night by having a walk through the gardens...who would have thought that there could be an acre and a half of stunning gardens above the hustle of Kensington, but if you get the chance to walk around these beautiful gardens you really should, as the view is stunning from the roof and the gardens are so well established with huge trees and ponds in the grounds, you can even find a few flamingos hanging out in the corner if you look hard enough.
We went back up to the restaurant and decided that we would have a drink on the terrace to start with as it was such a beautiful evening, where I had a Lemongrass 75 which is lemongrass, Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice, home made lemongrass syrup topped with Beaumet Brut champagne and delicious!! My partner has a slight passion for Mojito's so failing there being the classic on the menu he decided to try the Raspberry Mojito, which seemed to go down very well.
When we were seated at our table we once again had a fabulous view over the gardens which were now shrouded in darkness but beautifully lit up. The menu came up and immediately a smile came to my face as there was just enough on it that you can find something on it but not too much that you end up in a state of confusion and wonder if the food will be any good with so many dishes to perfect.
To start I decided to try the Crab Cocktail, which I thought was a nice twist on an old classic and my partner had the scallops. Well starters went down very well and I polished of my crab cocktail and wondered why more of our 80's classics haven't been revived in recent years, For main course I decided to have the Skrei Cod in a mussel chowder, that certainly wasn't quite what I was expecting but had very delicate flavours that penetrated the fish and the mussels were in a curried chowder with finely chopped vegetables.
My partner decided to have the Fillet of Beef with fondant potatoes...oh my goodness, it was heavenly. Now I normally pride myself on picking the star dish but the beef did it this time.....I had to have a couple of mouthfuls much to the annoyance of the other, but I didn't care the beef was stunning and cut through like butter.
So I ate my main course, half my partners and we had to decide whether to have dessert....luckily he still had some space left so we order the Praline Bar, which was more of a cake but with mandarine ice-cream which is a combo that I haven't had before and was throughly impressed with.
Babylon is a fabulous dinning experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone, although it does come at a price...but if you are looking to splash out on a delicious dinner then you need to head here.
Top Tip....Babylon has semi private dinning so if you are going in a group then you had have your own space around the corner from the rest of the dinners.
99 Kensington High Street,
London, Greater London
Written by Natalie Nevard