Osteria Basilico

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There is a rustic, rather cocky charm to the Osteria Basilico, and the location is a good reason why. This fine dining place is perched on a corner of Kensington Park Road, and surrounded by similar restaurants whose collective charm spills out onto the pavements of the area. Inside, you need to abandon English sensibilities about space and privacy. It's somewhere between cramped and bustling. This makes for a lively atmosphere which is complemented by the consistently friendly, though slightly frantic, staff. The huge, grilled sea bass is particularly tasty and succulent.

Location:  29 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill Gate

Business hours:  Mo-Fr 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m., Mo-Fr 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Sa 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Sa 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m., Su 12:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Su 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.