I’m guilty of using an emoji – or five – when I message people. So the thought of an emoji-themed dining experience got me kind of intrigued.
I’d heard that Notting Hill’s favourite underground cocktail bar / eatery / party flat, The Little Yellow Door, had launched one of the first ’emoji menus’, so I hopped on a tube from east to west to check it out.
Firstly, if you haven’t been to this tucked away spot, conveniently located right next to the tube, it’s a must. It’s been one of my go-to little hideaways for years.
The eclectic party flat, which was once almost threatened with closure, features a large living room space with a bar installed – but the best spot is the ‘tree house’ snug.
Complete with giant pillows, board games, an out-of-tune guitar and tennis rackets hanging off the walls, this is perfect hideaway to relive some childhood memories, with a cheeky cocktail or two.
Arriving to check out The Little Yellow Door’s emoji menu, I quickly made a dive for the tree house with my friend Toby, who was new to the spot.
Finding the emoji menu online, we then spent a good five minutes or so deciphering what the cartoon symbols meant.
The martini glass with a watermelon was a pretty easy math equation to solve but the starter was a little harder to work out.
A cow and chicken symbol with a wad of flying dollar bills, we eventually concluded, was chicken wings doused in BBQ sauce. And a carrot plus a wedge of cheese and a blue square was vegetables with a creamy dip.
For main course, getting to grips with the emojis was a little easier. There was option of chicken or beef baguette – illustrated with a bread stick and animal body part – or a chicken salad – summed up with a chicken leg and lettuce leaves.
The emoji menu, available Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6-10pm, is pretty good value with two courses and a cocktail for £15.
We spent a little while waiting for the server to come over to the tree house and we spotted that there was the option of WhatsApp’ing our orders across.
In a bid to speed things up we did attempt writing our wishes in symbol form, but after spending quite a long time finding carrot, chicken, beef and cocktail emojis we swiftly gave up.
Human interaction was definitely more efficient!
The concept made for an entertaining evening and it was fun watching other diners trying to navigate the illustrated spread of snacks.
I opted for a watermelon martini while Toby went for the house punch, which was pretty punchy. For starters we shared a board of BBQ sauce-coated chicken wings and crudités, which were beautifully presented on a rustic slate.
For mains I went for a chicken salad, while Toby went for the chicken sandwich. We were pretty surprised by the giant portion sizes – especially given the low price – but we soon made quick work of the delicious platters.
As the light started fading outside, the mood inside The Little Yellow Door started to heat up, with some romantic fairy lights switching up and a mix of mellow tunes playing.
Feeling satisfied and full after our emoji meal experience Toby and I decided to head on and explore some other spots in the area. But if you haven’t been already, this is definitely a fun dining experience I would recommend.
To make a booking for The Little Yellow Door and to see other dining / party options visit thelittleyellowdoor.co.uk