Little Bay, NW6 4BT
- 020 7372 4699
- 228 Belsize Road, NW6 4BT
- noon-midnight Mon-Sat; noon-11pm Sun
Inside, there's a capacious downstairs seating area which stretches over a couple of rooms and holds a large number of diners when required, but on less busy nights (such as the Monday Ewan visited), most people are accommodated in the small main room inside the front door, which has an idiosyncratic layout and eclectic decor. There are a number of booths, larger tables in the middle, and smaller tables up stairs to the side, arrayed like royal boxes overlooking the restaurant floor. It's all very cosy and candles on tables lend further ambience, making it good for couples and small groups.
The menu covers a basic range of pan-European dishes, with starters, mains and desserts. Ewan and his friend both had the pan-fried fillet of salmon with crushed new potatoes and avocado coriander salsa (£6.85). The salmon itself was fine, fresh and tasty, with a lively salsa and served with the new potatoes and other seasonal vegetables in a bowl on the side. A side dish of green vegetables (£2.25) was entirely broccoli, but nicely steamed and with a little butter.
Service was friendly and attentive, with plates quickly cleared, though never pushy. Because of the strange layout of tables, getting their attention isn't always easy, but they are careful to check all the areas regularly.
The wine selection is fairly short and most bottles of wine are priced around £14-15; our bottle of rioja blanco was absolutely fine and went well with the fish.