Paradise (By Way of Kensal Green)

If I had to pick one word to sum-up Paradise (By Way of Kensal Green), it would be eclectic. Offering a pub, a restaurant, private dining, a club and various terraces, you could spend your whole weekend here under the same roof.

It’s a vast space that’s nicely separated into various sections, so if you’re dining in the restaurant, you don’t need to worry about the club upstairs and vice versa. Paradise is as popular for a drink in the bar as it is for late night weekend revelry and evening dining.

The ground floor pub (which has a lovely private dining room on the right as you walk in) leads on to the restaurant, which could be described as both opulent and casual.

Chandeliers and dramatic antiques feature alongside mismatched wooden chairs and tables, with the low lighting creating an intimate, sexy atmosphere.

The restaurant at Paradise Kensal Green

The menu focuses on British food and ingredients – starters include a lovely beetroot, goats’ curd and honey salad and crab on toast with fennel and wild rocket.

Mains feel firmly in gastropub territory with dishes such as beer-battered halloumi, crushed peas and matchstick chips; lamb chops with spring greens and new potatoes;and cod with mussels, spinach and samphire.

The bar at Paradise Kensal Green

My sirloin steak with Béarnaise sauce and Chips, however, was disappointing – a bad steak can often ruin an evening, but we were having such a good time that it strangely didn’t matter.

The music got louder, we ordered our sixth bottle of wine (I won’t tell you how many of us there were…) and we continued having a very enjoyable night out.

Whether you want your evening to include drinks, dinner or late night partying, my advice would be to take a trip to Paradise via Kensal Green and do all three under the same roof.

Read some of our other restaurant reviews such as Alain Ducasse’s Rivea at The Bulgari Hotel or French classic Club Gascon.

Disclaimer: on this occasion I dined as a guest of Paradise’s, but have eaten there before and paid in full, so, as ever, we only ever write what we really think whether we were invited by the restaurant or otherwise. View our editorial policy here.

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