Sometimes, you just crave that home cooked food without the overly rich flavours restaurant mostly does and I know this little place in Chelsea called The Stock Pot. The Stock Pot is a family owned restaurant and they serve delicious fresh food at incredibly affordable prices since the 1960’s for the posh area that they are in. I wonder if they have any connections to the Stock Pot that closed in Soho.
The Stock Pot can be found along the long stretch of Kings Road, pine tree colour painted signs and the gold lettering with the restaurant name.
The decor may not wow but it’s a slightly better than a local café. You can sit anywhere you, please. I choose to sit in the back; with a view of the windowless kitchen watching the cooks prepare meals. The waitress doesn’t really interact since English is not her first language.
There’s a good mix of restaurant and café food on the menu, pasta, fish, burgers, sandwiches, breakfast, fajitas and a selection of wines.
I ordered a spaghetti carbonara £8.50 and a pineapple juice. Pineapple juice is not fresh and concentrated straight from a carton.
Spaghetti carbonara is served up on a large white plate, the spaghetti is noticeable different, thin like shoelaces and lighter in colour. A creamy white sauce is merged with spaghetti; the whiff of eggs, Parmesan cheese and black pepper is present. Plenty of pancetta is layered within the nest and chopped parsley is garnished.
The dish is a beauty with simple ingredients and the home cooked vibe leaves great comfort. Twisting the spaghetti, in the fork, I can tell it is cooked al dente and has a great bite in each chew. The sauce is smooth, creamy which pairs perfectly with the saltiness from the pancetta.
Overall, food at The Stock Pot is satisfying it’s a good mix of casual restaurant and café.