Wormwood is a new place in north Notting Hill, a couple of doors down from the original Rum Kitchen. It claims to specialise in pan-Mediterranean cuisine so it contains influences from Spain to Morcocco and everywhere in between. Despite a couple of good reviews in major papers in the two weeks before my visit; the restaurant was half empty on a Saturday night in mid-August (confirming my theory that half of K&C leaves town for the month.)
The menu is a small plates affair and both an AB (below) and a pre-dessert were also given. Also there is an interesting cocktail list for those who fancy one before dinner.
Croquettas- Squid croquets, black aioli with hot smoked paprika. (£7)
Lobster Couscous- Seffa couscous, confit lemon, lobster bisque (£15)
Pulled Pork- Baby spinach, spinach velouté, sunflower seeds and black olive crumb (£7)
L’Aubergine II- Smoked aubergine mousse, confit baby aubergine, chili & coriander oil (£7)
North South Scallops- Scallops ceviche, redcurrant dressing, coriander cress, homemade lemoncello gel (£11)
Solomio- Seared Black Angus fillet, flamed roscoff onion purée, Pico de gallo (£12)
The cooking here was done fairly well and used some modern techniques, although for me it did not quite come together for some dishes. Maybe it is a case of trying a little too hard and not concentrating on the flavours enough. Although the prices here look like good value at first glance, the bill soon adds up as you order more dishes and there is not a great deal of some of the key ingredients (beef, scallop, lobster) in a few of the dishes. The service was very good, with all the dishes explained well and the staff seeming to care what one thought of the food.