I’ve never had the cash or inclination to join a private members club. Besides the huge fees charged I like trying out new and different places rather than being locked in to one venue. That said I can’t deny the exclusive appeal when friends have wangled me in to Milk & Honey or Soho House. From the people behind Milk & Honey, The East Room (which burnt down) and Giant Robot, comes Tiny Robot, which opened late last year in Bayswater. The restaurant itself is open to the public but the bar below, The Starland Social Club, is only open to Rushmore House members.
Inside Tiny Robot
Tiny Robot perches on a corner of Westbourne Grove and cheery yellow formica tables and tiled green walls give you the feeling of being in an American diner. The similarities don’t stop with the look of the place with, Tiny Robot offering an American style all day menu which kicks off with a Brooklyn Breakfast (£9.80). Since brunch is one of my favourite meals in America I decided it would be the best time to visit Tiny Robot, despite being tempted by the meatballs on the menu for the evening.
The orange juice doesn’t taste like it is freshly squeezed, but in compensation the waiter does bring lots of tap water refills and there is a stack of newspapers and magazines to browse while you wait for food. A side of mushrooms (£1.80) is a bargain sized serving with all the earthy flavour of good pan fried mushrooms dressed with a slick of olive oil. The intriguingly titled Cotechino Hash arrives as a pile of potato hash, served with rocket (which is described as aragula on the menu), salsa verde and topped with a poached egg. The potato hash is well seasoned but the egg is not cooked enough, leaving the white almost as runny as the yolk.
Admittedly, my exploration of the menu was pretty limited but I think there are better brunch options nearby. As for the bar downstairs? I have no idea since I don’t have that essential and sought after membership card.
Details: Tiny Robot, 78 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RT (Ph 020 7065 6814)