From Chinese to Thai and everything in between Notting Hill’s Uli serves up delicious Asian cuisine in a beautiful location
Words Georgia McVeigh
Notting Hill’s Uli is one of those restaurants that ticks all the boxes. Tucked away from the main road, from the outside you wouldn’t immediately guess that it’s an Asian restaurant, duped by the sleek exterior that extends into the road and the white-washed walls and blue upholstery that seems to channel more a beachside restaurant in Ibiza over the usual blaring Asian eateries. Dogs lounge on the floor, and are as well accommodated for as their human counterparts. We are seated in the outside area, featuring a convenient retractable roof for the inevitable and unpredictable British weather.
We start with a tangy Aperol Spritz to whet the appetite as we browse the menu. What a menu it is. Uli has taken all of the best bits from Asian cuisine and compiled it into one compact menu – from Thai to Malay to Singaporean to Chinese. We decide on small plates of Chicken Gyoza and Crispy Calamari to start.
The gyozas come with a side of soy and rice wine vinegar for dipping, and are deliciously crispy on the outside and filled to the brim with piping hot succulent chicken filling that bursts with flavour inside. The calamari boasts a beautifully crunchy exterior without being rubbery on the inside. They are laden with fresh spring onions, chilli and salt and are flavourful enough not to need a dip.
For our main, we mix up the cuisines a bit and choose Pad Thai and Chinese Szechuan Prawns with sticky rice. The prawns are lightly battered for a crisp texture on the outside but melt in the mouth on the inside. They are accompanied by a sticky Szechuan sauce and garnished with thick slices of chilli so the more heat sensitive among us are well warned with no nasty surprises.
The Pad Thai is sweet, salty, tangy, and light, meaning we did very well on both dishes. Fully sated, we left feeling pleasantly full. If you’re looking for a restaurant that does it all, look no further than Uli.