Restaurant review: Flat Three, Holland Park

Have you tried mochi? Probably yes. Have you tried mochi flatbread? Probably not.

Flat Three is known for using British ingredients to create food inspired by flavours of Korea and Japan. But what’s really at the heart of this kitchen is the respect and understanding of ingredients. At Flat Three, every bit of produce is used – if it’s not directly in your food, it’s either in your garnish, or being left to mature in a jar somewhere to be used later. In fact, ferments are key elements of flavours at Flat Three, and even during the lockdown wild vegetables were preserved, mushrooms dehydrated, and tomatoes pickled to prevent food wastage.

The location

Just minutes from Holland Park and Hyde Park, Flat Three is well located for a lunch or dinner to complete your day out in the park. While it’s located along the lively Holland Park Avenue, you’d probably miss it while walking past. The restaurant is also just 2 minutes walk from the Holland Park tube station making it easy to get to from the central line.

The vibe

What is unusual is that upon entering the restaurant, you need to walk down a flight of stairs to the basement dining area. While images of dark and stuffy might come to mind, the restaurant is quite the opposite – it is open plan with lots of space, and the wooden accents and furniture give it a natural and organic feel. Booths are available for a more intimate dining experience, and you can also book a table in front of the open kitchen to watch the chefs in action.

My menu picks

Mochi flatbread

Of course I had to try the mochi flatbread, and boy did it not disappoint. Crunchy on the outside, and warm and slightly chewy on the inside, it was a delight. The pickled garlic seed garnish also gave that extra tingle on the palate. It’s no wonder that this is one of the most popular dishes on the menu.

Chalk stream trout + trout bone ponzu

Fresh and light, the trout was served with a nicely balanced citrus ponzu. This wasn’t the most exciting dish but great tasting.

Dexter beef, potato miso + garlic ssamjang

The beef shined as the main ingredient – tender and cooked to perfection (a wood fire oven is used to cook the meat). The garlic ssamjang added a nice kick to the dish, which I particularly enjoyed as a lover of spice. Just a note that the menu does have a variety of vegan and gluten-free options for those with certain dietary requirements.

Greengage, apple + shiso

I could eat this all day every day. Not only was this dessert fresh and light, but also cooling and a great way to finish off my meal. I usually don’t like overly sweet desserts, so this was perfect, and the granita combined with the greengage gave some interesting textures and bite.

I also recommend trying their home-made Kombucha. I had the Elderflower Kombucha which was exceptionally refreshing and floral – it reminded me of the Swiss mountains.

The Insider verdict

Good for: A great place for couples or groups looking for a light and tasty meal in a relaxed setting. On Fridays and Saturdays you can even bring your pup along to lunch.

Not for: If you’re looking for a dining experience that’s lavish and rich in ingredients and components, this is probably not for you.

Value: 3 course set lunch menu £33/person, 5 course set dinner menu £59/person

Did you know: Flat Three offers gift card options including a 5 course menu option and a group masterclass option. A great way to treat someone to a new experience! 

120-122 Holland Park Avenue, London, W11 4UA

https://www.flatthree.london

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