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Parlour (Restaurant)

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5 Regent Street, Kensal Green, Ladbroke Grove & Kensal, London, NW10 5LG
Cuisine: British
Tel: 020 8969 2184 | Email to Parlour | Transport: Kensal Green | Write review

Parlour Review

Best for: meat dishes; double pie meals; cowboy portions.

Great: breakfast and brunch menus for those who live in this area of London; for classic British cuisine.

Even though we’re told not to, we still judge books by their covers. And if the cover doesn’t make up our mind for us, the title will certainly provide the intrigue (or lack thereof). For example, purely based on the name alone, would you rather read Lemony Snicket's: A Series of Unfortunate Events, or, The Road?

Similarly, a holiday in Santillana del Mar sounds much more inviting than Bognor Regis.

And who wouldn’t choose a Penelope Cruz, a Charlize Theron or a Leonardo DiCaprio over an Emily Blunt, an Emma Watson, or a Hugh Grant for a blind date?

Fascination, the arousal of interest, the pique of one’s primitive instincts; we’re a simple lot us humans when it comes to making decisions based on the wizardry of words. We’re easily swayed in the acquisition of pommes de terre frites à cru en petites tranches instead of plain old chips when dining out in London.

So when faced with the prospect of a ‘remarkable’ pork pie, chances are, you’ll snap it up well ahead of, say, one of three standard pate selections or a French brie with cranberry sauce. Yes, it may have the word ‘French’ in the name but ‘remarkable’, that surely out-Frenches French, n'est pas?

You have made the correct choice, human. Although it does not live up to its ‘remarkable’ moniker, as stated on the restaurant’s menu, the nicely presented slice of succulent pork encased in a pie crust could quite easily garner a ‘decent’ accolade instead. This sizeable starter - for a greedy guts such as yourself - has scattered about it miniature egg, pear slices, punchy cheese, celery, salad and piccalilli, leaving you to gloat satisfactorily about your name-lead intuition as your lesser name-lead companion tucks into several theatrically-sized wedges of hard crusted fromage.

And why stop at just one pie? This is clearly a restaurant menu which promotes the traditional slant of British cuisine and all the comforts that cavort up your nasal passage in a preemptive strike of nostalgia. You read The Dandy comic as a child, you enjoyed the muscular joviality of Desperate Dan, now here’s your chance to emulate that cowboy hero, so order a hearty ‘cow pie’, especially if you haven’t shaved for a few days (ladies and gents). Look at my biceps. Rah!

Delivered in a tin, with a bone at its centre to hold aloft the lid and provide room for the addition of bone marrow, this huge circular tomb of molten hot bovine is worth every penny of its mid-teen £s asking price.

With a dish as masculine as this put before you, nothing but a BAR (a Big Aussie Red) will satisfy your thirst for a robust libation. So bring out a bottle of ‘The Paddock Shiraz’, a cowboy wine if ever there were one. It will prove meatier than the muted Rey Viejo Blanco wine.

If only double pie could become triple pie - a piefector, if you will - offering dessert ensconced in pastry as well. Yet, sadly, no pie on the cheeky dessert menu.

Instead, macho curiosity dictates that any dessert that reads ‘DIY vanilla mousse with nuts and bolts’ must not be ignored, which is a shame, because although two members of staff claim this to be the best option, the ‘vanilla mousse’ is little more than cream squirted from a can and the ‘nuts & bolts’ amount to lacklustre clementines, caramel, honeycomb and flaky chocolate. What it boasts in name, it lacks in balls. It fails as a dessert but would make a reasonably acceptable child’s playful diversion. The Christmas Tree arctic roll is perhaps a better choice for a full nostalgic experience.

The name, Parlour, is itself suggestive; conjuring an antiquated scene of Downton Abbey scandal. The attending characters in Parlour’s restaurant are instinctively less abrasive than their TV show counterparts; blending right in to, and almost disappearing completely, the high back camel beige banquettes in a haze of subdued nattering and subtle uplighting.

The over-30s stay on for soda bread and light sea bass fillet with long stem broccoli and potted shrimp, whilst the younger sect launch themselves back into the night after only one course, most likely to find ‘life’ across the road at the excellent Paradise By Way Of Kensal Green; now, there’s a compelling name.

The restaurant’s white tiling, wooden panelling, butcher’s apron napkins and metallic milk jugs for water stay true to the venue’s name, harking back to an era when war was a good economic idea for Britain and when women had hair as long as their hem lines. The pub half’s courtyard beer garden and beeropedia on, and off, tap provide a sneaky peak into the modern era, but essentially the name fits the bill at Parlour.

A parlour is often modest, hidden, and relatively quiet. If you don’t live in Kensal Green, then would you ever find yourself walking along THIS London Regent Street, or would the lure of the Apple store and Nike Town pull you more towards the modern day equivalent in central London?
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“The cow pie is superb! Worth the trip alone. The menu is a tad expensive for what's on offer but if you're looking for a quiet, out-of-the-way drinking and dining experience in north-west London than this is the restaurant-pub for you. Nice little beer garden too.”
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"Hi guys, I come here with my friends and have very good time. I like your place very much and is very good times. I come back when I can soon. Thank you very much." Which venue is this?

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"Dreadful pub, run by people who have zero idea about hospitality or running a pub. Upon arrival we sat in the back garden that only had one other table occupied , when we tried to order off the lunch menu..." Which venue is this?

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