The restaurant: ULI, 5 Ladbroke Road, London W11 3PA
ULI is a pan-Asian restaurant that offers a curated selection of Chinese, Thai, Malay and Singaporean dishes. For summer, it has added some lighter dishes to the menu including spicy squid, cucumber and tomato salad, and summer noodle salad with ginger and garlic. You can treat the a la carte menu as a three-course dinner or opt for small plates and eat tapas-style.
A big draw of ULI is its front terrace. The Notting Hill restaurant, five minutes from Notting Hill Gate tube, has a large terrace turned conservatory area outside the front with a roof that retracts during the hotter months, not dissimilar from the garden to conservatory conversion at Chelsea’s Fox & Pheasant. The light blue and white hues that decorate the restaurant give a relaxed holiday feel, while the hanging plants add a nice touch of the greenery to the dining room.
We booked a terrace spot on a warm Saturday afternoon when the restaurant was fairly but not overly busy. The restaurant is open everyday from 12pm-midnight (except Sundays it closes at 11pm). There’s a set lunch menu Monday-Friday which offers two courses for £9.95.
What did we eat?
Thai lobster crackers were a tasty step up from the usual prawn cracker offering we’re used to. Hunan pork dumplings were excellent, with a good kick of spice that was just enough. Chicken with a colourful mix of vegetables that we wrapped in crispy lettuce wraps was a tasty highlight. Pan-fried teriyaki black cod with asparagus was an indulgent choice with a thick and succulent piece of black cod with crispy teriyaki-glazed skin bathed in more of the sweet and sticky sauce. Sea bass fillet steamed in ginger and garlic was a lighter but no less flavoursome choice and was complemented nicely with the Chinese mixed vegetables.
Should you book for family lunch?
The terrace is an airy and open space which is good for larger groups. There’s a good mix of items from across Chinese, Thai, Malaysia and Singapore to try on the menu so there’s bound to be something for everyone and the small bites are a good option for trying new things and satisfying picky eaters.
Should you book for date night?
ULI transitions from light summer lunches on the terrace to cosy date night restaurant complete with blankets and heaters for balmy summer evenings.
A curated list from across the cuisines gives ULI the scope to roll out the classics and combine them with seasonal and contemporary plates. It also means they’ll definitely be more than one dish you fancy so take someone who’s down for sharing a couple of dishes.
To book visit ULILondon.com