Roba Bar and Restaurant opened its doors on Monday (April 11) to become Paddington 's latest fine dining addition.

Situated in the beautiful Norfolk Place, where homes go for as much as £1,739,000, it's hard not to feel your expectations of luxury rocket on your way there.

But Roba does not disappoint, with luxury cream and blue chairs, wooden tables and a vibrant bar cultivating a stylish setting.

And it does this without making it feel too posh, instead offering up a relaxed environment perfect for cocktails and great food.

Roba doesn't present the orthodox starter and main dishes, instead breaking food down into Snacks, Bowls, Salads, Robata Grill, Classics and Sides.

Food is the mastermind of head chef Andrea Secchi, who incorporates his Italian origins, experience in Michelin kitchens and zeal for British dishes into this thoroughly impressive menu.


Me and my friend, Nick, began with the Chef's sharing platter (for two), with hot wings, calamari wings, mini burger, hummus and pitta bread (£11) from the Snacks section of the dish.

A total knockout, the hot wings were smothered in a crisp, salty BBQ batter while the calamari wings and mini burgers were outstanding and perfect for a warm up dish.

Chef's sharing platter (for two)


Moving onto the Bowls menu, I chose the Confit duck legs with cabbage and quail eggs (£9.75) and Nick chose the Wild sea bass with purple potatoes, crab meat and bisque sauce (£15.50).

Generous in portion for its price, the duck legs are served in a very strong, although thoroughly delicious sauce that I would completely reccommend.

Meanwhile Nick's sea bass, though not as modest in price, still matched its brilliant quality with tender fish in a sweet, tasty sauce.

Sea bass fillet with carrot and honey pureé

Robata Grill

The restaurant is named after its signature Robata Grill, prompting Nick to go for the 48-day aged sirloin steak (£18.75) and me the Organic lamb chops (£17.75).

The steak, sourced from Scotland and aged in-house, was very good although not quite as excellent as our previous dishes, seemingly cooked a little too well for the requested medium serving.

But my lamb chops, cooked perfectly for tender meat, came with an exceptional gravy to make the dish one I would definitely reccommend.

48-day aged sirloin steak


For dessert I had the Chocolate cylinder (£6.50), surrounding vanilla ice cream with a gorgeous dark chocolate shell covered in salted caramel - a real treat.

Meanwhile Nick's Panacotta (£6), though modest in price, didn't quite pack the punch one would expect after such quality dishes.

Chocolate cylinder

The verdict

Considering Roba Bar and Restaurant only opened on Monday (April 11), this place is a real treat and I applaud just how good they've made the setting and food at the first attempt.

getwestlondon gives Roba Bar and Restaurant four stars.