For our latest culinary expedition we took Little Bites to Flat Three, a Japanese-Skandi fused treat in the heart of beautiful Holland Park. Flat Three is (thankfully) not just another “fusion” restaurant, but raises the bar with intelligently interlaced influences and a masterfully crafted dining experience from food to service. Tucked away behind a typically understated exterior, Flat Three was ever so slightly tricky to spot but once discovered we found it to be a true gem.
Having celebrated their first anniversary only recently, Flat Three has already garnered glowing reviews from critics and discerning foodies alike, yet belied any of our preconceptions with an elegant but unpretentious atmosphere. With such high expectations built on hearsay we were pleasantly surprised to be welcomed into a comfortable and cosy subterranean space by warm and genuine staff.
The Japanese-Skandi flavours run off the plate and into the restaurant’s environment with warms woods and deep blues subtlety lit in typically minimalistic fashion, quintessential of the intelligent restraint of the restaurant’s regional influences. Seated in a cosy little alcove deep in a tranquil corner of the restaurant, we felt immediately relaxed and at ease.
Flat Three is generally consistent and authentic, from the almost intimidatingly indecipherable menu (Ikejime Turbot Takenono Miso Zuke anyone?), to the consummate knowledge and translation skills of the waiting staff and their reassuring presence. The experience however was elevated to another level upon the arrival of the food. The slightly conservative sounding runeberg cake with rhubarb and milk ice cream, which has a 20 minute preparation time, was a real highlight.
Having enjoyed a fabulous evening at Flat Three, we believe it to be one of the best restaurants we’ve visited in the past 2 years and can confidently say we have a new favourite. We will be back many times!