Como Garden restaurant review 

Como Garden, situated at 37-45 Kensington High St, London W8 5ED, provides a unique Italian tapas experience within a garden-like setting reminiscent of Lake Como in Italy. The Mediterranean-inspired interior, featuring greenery-covered walls and a central olive tree, reflects the scenic beauty of Northern Italy.

The food quality at Como Garden pleasantly surprised me, given my discerning Italian palate developed by spending lots of time at the dinner table with my Italian family. As someone critical of Italian restaurants in London, I found Como Garden to offer some of the finest Italian cuisine in the UK.

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During a Saturday late lunch visit, the restaurant exuded a cosy ambiance with abundant plant decor. Seated beneath an olive tree, the atmosphere was romantic, and we enjoyed a delightful meal with friendly service. The restaurant was fully occupied, indicating its popularity. Booking in advance is advisable, especially during peak times. The olive tree added a charming touch to the aesthetics, creating an inviting spot for a meal with friends or a date.

The menu presented a plethora of options, and we chose one pasta dish and two mains, embracing the sharing concept. Como Garden takes pride in sourcing the best and freshest produce directly from Italy, offering a variety of meat, fish, and vegetarian options with a focus on seasonal flavours. The recommendation of about three dishes per person ensured a satisfying culinary experience.


For drinks, we commenced with classic Aperol spritz, expertly crafted in the Italian tradition. The generously sized cocktails adhered to authentic Italian preparation.


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Moving on to starters, the arancini, though smaller than those in Sicily, impressed with their quality. The fried zucchine offered a unique variation, featuring flat zucchini in a deep-fried coating, providing a crispy and fresh taste. The bruschetta, adorned with flavourful cherry tomatoes and accompanied by home-baked bread, was a delightful addition.








The mains, including salmon tartare and wild seabass, showcased excellence. The handmade pasta, particularly the al dente fresh mafaldine in veal ragu, was a substantial portion, rich in ragu, catering to personal preferences.

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Sides included caponata with homemade bread and chips served with truffle mayo, both contributing to the overall satisfaction of the meal. The caponata reminded me of the one my Sicilian grandmother used to make during the summer. 


For dessert, we savoured a homemade panettone served with a special sauce made from white chocolate and another with vanilla, concluding the meal on a sweet note.


The restaurant’s location makes it ideal for a meal after visiting Kensington Palace or completing a shopping trip on Kensington High Street. The aesthetically pleasing ambiance enhances the overall dining experience.


The service at Como Garden was commendable, with all staff providing attentive and friendly assistance. Our waitress, in particular, was lovely, offering recommendations for tasty dishes and ensuring our overall comfort. A return visit is certainly on the agenda.

Como Garden offers an Italian tapas experience with a focus on quality ingredients and a charming ambiance. The restaurant’s commitment to authenticity and a diverse menu makes it a noteworthy choice for those seeking a taste of Italy in the heart of London.

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