If you haven’t cotton-ed on yet and heard of the new Caribbean eatery in Notting Hill, well then you are missing out. Cottons Caribbean restaurant has opened its doors to the public. I love discovering new restaurants especially with food I don’t often eat so much of. I wasn’t a huge fan of Caribbean food until I tried Cottons which has just opened up in the trendy Notting Hill area. The already established restaurants located in Shoreditch and Camden (two great hot spots in London) are a great hit amongst locals and those that appreciate good quality food.
Off I set off one afternoon with my little one and took my dad along for lunch at Cottons. As I walked into the restaurant, the first thing that caught my eye was the hand painted art work that covered the walls and plant trees that lined the restaurant depicting a jungle feel.
This window reminds me of being back home. In Egypt we call this a shish.
We were greeted by the friendly waiters who showed us to our table. Their friendly attitude and super attentive manner, especially with the tot was unforgettable. If you have kids, I would definitely make a lunch stop here. They went over and beyond to make sure our time was a pleasant one and catered to the needs of the little one which you will read later on.
Their variety of rum collection was extraordinary with bottles after bottles on display. I am not a drinker but if you know your rums, this is a must try place.
Whilst we waited for our food, we indulged in some delicious mocktails. My favourite was the Virgin Colada, the creamy coconut and pineapple combo was just right, my dad who isn’t a big mocktail drinker was a fan so if he is saying its good then it is. The Coco Mango Smoothie is also a good one to try.
Someone looking very content with his cocktail.
Out came the starters.
Baigan chokha chana daal. If I am honest, this was a little on the dry side but it was still tasty. I love chickpeas as they are a great source of protein.
The crispy Scallop ceviche, dipped in the sauce was delicious.
Paw paw cho cho and radish made a great side. I love mango slices in salads
All super filling, I am not sure how I had space for mains. The main dishes are outstanding though.
I opted for the meat platter, my favourite was the lamb-very tender and melts in your mouth, just the way I like it. I absolutely love plantain chips, these were delicious. Every time I am in whole foods, I cant help myself but grab one off the shelve with my shopping.
The steamed red mullet was an excellent choice, the fish was cooked just right and was very filling, which I must say I don’t often find with fish dishes. I am usually starving two hours later.
After all that, I still had a tiny space for dessert. I chose something I wouldn’t normally have, the Banana Napoleon on recommendation by the waitress which was made from filo pastry, banana cream, coconut and tropical fruit sorbet. The thin crispy light filo pastry crunches in your mouth and surprisingly not heavy at all.
The Lemongrass flan was outstanding and was a hit with the little tot.
The waiter so kindly brought out a plate of ice-cream for him but after his demanding comment of, ‘I don’t like chocolate ice-cream can I have vanilla (which they didn’t have)’, brought out a plate of mango sorbet and coconut ice-cream for him. Two dessert plates for him, he was happy. I guess you kind of assume that kids would prefer the chocolate option, but not my little one.
It was definitely time to leave the restaurant.
A pleasant afternoon it was. I must go back and try the seafood platter which looked amazing.