This low-key room above a pub in Bayswater isn't the first place you'd expect to find one of the best-loved places to eat in London. There are barely more than a dozen tables and the ochre walls punctuated by monochrome squares of modern art are definitely not to everyone's taste. But ask the capital's foodies where they most like to eat and Assaggi comes up time and again. The reason? Sardinian chef Nino Sassu's cooking is simple and restrained. It's all about Italian classics - immaculately judged calves' liver, perhaps, or a pared down plate of spaghetti alio e olio - made with top quality ingredients and served with genuine passion. Front of house is run by Pietro Fraccari, who greets first-timers like old friends; Assaggi has fans in high places so you may well recognize the people at the table next to you. But the hum of conversation, the laughter of contented diners and the blissfully simple food should provide all the kicks you need.
Food: 9, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
39 Chepstow Place
+44 20 7792 9033
Open: 12.30-2.30pm, 7.30-11pm Mon-Fri; 1-2.30pm, 7.30-11pm Sat