Hot new London restaurants: October

Caractère

Following in her father’s footsteps, Michel Roux Jr.’s daughter, chef Emily Roux, opened her first restaurant in Notting Hill in west London this month. Caractère, is a joint venture with her husband Diego Ferrari, former head chef of Le Gavroche.

Taking over Bumpkin bistro on the corner of Ledbury Road in Notting Hill, the venue assures the continuation of the celebrated Roux culinary dynasty in the UK for the next generation. Given Ferrari and Roux’s roots, Caractère takes inspiration from French and Italian cooking.

Among the dishes on the debut menu are seared ox tail ravioli in a beef consommé with bone marrow and fresh herbs; celeriac cacio e pepe with extra aged balsamic vinegar; and whole roasted figs with gateau Basque and extra thick double cream. Our appetites are duly whetted. 

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