We are pleased to announce that we are continuing with the Chancellor’s ‘Eat to Help’ scheme during September. A discount of 25%, capped to £5 per person, on all non alcoholic consumption for sitting in customers, Monday to Wednesday inclusive. In order to receive this discount you need to reserve a table using our booking form.

We are currently giving special discounts on Takeaway orders. A discount of 10% for collections if you use the coupon collection10 during checkout and a discount of 50% on delivery charge use delivery50 as the coupon code.

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.

We are proud to be the sister restaurant of Osteria Basilico and Mediterraneo Cucina Italiana both long established Italian restaurants and also situated in Kensington Park Road, W11.

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.


For direct pick up at the restaurant please call
020 7792 1066
to place your order from our takeaway menu.

Use the coupon code collection10 for a discount of 10% on the entire bill if you collect or use delivery50 for a discount of 50% on the delivery charge.


A great little place for dinner with a few friends or a romantic candlelit encounter.
Zagat Zagat
Generous portions of well-executed dishes.
Hardens Hardens
Service comes with a twinkle. In short: chic and cheerful.
Time Out Time Out, London


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.

The  Tuber Magnatum Pico (White Truffle) is now available, please come to try it. We import it directly from Alba 

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.