Essenza is a small and intimate Italian restaurant with a stylish and contemporary interior, located in the heart of Notting Hill Gate, London.
The mandarin coloured banquettes, the wood grain panelling, the candle light tables and the small backlit bar makes it smart without being overly designer.
The menu features dishes from all regions of Italy, we choose the best recipes to match the seasonal offerings. We take pride in choosing genuine ingredients from Italy whenever possible, to create fresh, tasty and beautifully presented food as if we where in Italy.
The wines are carefully selected to complement the food menu and are sourced from most regions throughout Italy.
Essenza is an informal restaurant and no dress code is required. Children are welcome, we have a dedicated children’s menu for them and our Saturday and Sunday lunch are a popular choice with families.
The composer Gioacchino Rossini called it “Mozart of fungi”, Lord Byron kept one by his desk so that the perfume helped his inspiration, Alexandre Dumas called it the Sancta Sanctorum of the tables.
At Essenza one of our specialities is cooking with Truffles. We stock fresh truffles most of the year, we have truffle honey which we serve on ice cream and white truffle pralines recommended at the end of the meal with coffee or tea. The truffle is used in many ways olive oil, salt and butter, please enquire for a full list.
Truffle should be served on any delicate flavour dishes such us thin pasta risotto, polenta beef carpaccio, scrambled / fried egg, beef, veal fish or salads etc. We usually cook the black truffle and the white one we shave it raw in thin strips.
Truffles date back over 2000 years before the Romans, the Sumerian and Jacob the Patriarch were the first to discover it.
In Italy they can be found in Piemonte, Umbria, Abruzzo Molise, Emilia Romagna.
The most pungent truffle and the ones which keep best, are those which grow in contact with oak trees, while the most aromatic and lightest in colour, grow among the roots of lime trees. Somewhat surprisingly, truffles have a very high protein content, they are made of about 70% water and mineral salts which it absorbs from the surrounding soil.