The Little Yellow Door review: Gourmet bites and imaginative cocktails at this cosy pop-up
I originally wrote a pre-piece about The Little Yellow Door when it first launched last October. However, it took me a bit longer to pay a visit than I intended. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, my friend booked a table for Saturday night drinks and nibbles for her birthday. The Little Yellow Door is a long-term pop-up in Notting Hill Gate which has been styled as a fictional flatshare, with the ‘flatmates’ inviting you to a house party. Entering the yellow door and going upstairs, the main bar looked very cosy and inviting, with sofas, magazines and posters giving the feel of a real flatshare. As we were a large group, we had been given the snug, a little private room which felt like we snuck into someone’s treehouse. Full of cushions and board games, it gave us a comfortable and laidback space to have girlie chats. As the night progressed, some other curious customers stuck their heads in to look, with some admitting they were feeling ‘table envy’ at our space.
We started off with some drinks as members of our group arrived. The experimental cocktails’ names are said to be inspired by the flatmates’ favourite TV shows and films. I ordered a ‘Passion of Christ’ cocktail which was a mix of vodka and prosecco served with a marshmallow. It tasted really sweet and was a bit too easy to drink. Despite the temptation of the other concoctions – some very original – I ended up sticking to the same drink all night.
On Saturday nights, TLYD offers a bar food menu so a lot of the dishes on offer are shareable nibbles suitable for a group. The dishes are inspired by the eclectic mix of people you would expect to bump into at a house party. ‘The Yoga Bunny’ is a dip selection with crudités and pitta, including Lentil Hummus with Mint and Pine Nuts; Taramasalata with Confit Onions and Pork Scratchings, Avocado with Pickled Onions, Tomatoes and Chipotle, Labeneh with Dill, Mint, Cucumber and Smoked Aubergine. Despite the healthiness of the dish, its fun presentation with the dips being served in martini glasses made it feel a bit naughty. I particularly loved the ‘Mr Overheard In Waitrose’, which gave you options of arancini, cheese or meats. We ordered the Arancini and Cheese dish – a gorgeous, creamy combination of Burrata, Aubergine, Salted Tomato, Oregano and Salted Onion, which was served with crostini.
By the time we ended up leaving The Little Yellow Door five hours later, our group was unanimous in agreement with how much we enjoyed the venue. The staff really had managed to recreate that friendly, house party vibe and I thought the make-up, hairbrush and other typical house bathroom paraphernalia in the toilets was a fun touch. Our waitress was great, explaining the dishes and concept and always making sure we had some liquid refreshment to hand. The food portions and choice were perfect for what we wanted on a social night out. I’ll have to return on a Friday to sample the full dinner menu.
- The Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, W11 3HT. Nearest tube: Notting Hill Gate. Open Wednesday 6-11pm, Thursdays 5-11pm, Fridays 6pm-1am and Saturdays 7pm-1am. Book via WhatsApp. For more information, visit the Little Yellow Door website.
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