I had dinner here with my boyfriend on our last night in London. We were staying down the street just off the tube station and so glad we tried this place.
We started with drinks and oysters - they were excellent.
I then had the caesar salad with chicken and my boyfriend had beef. Both were delicious. The portions were just perfect and I wasn't hungry after eating just a salad. The chicken was good as it was shredded and the cheese was freshly graded.
For desert we had orange cheesecake which had a frothy texture and was very light. Perfect end to a perfect last night in London.
No bookings needed to sit and drink wine and down oysters in this ornate former car repair garage from the beginning of last century. They're also one of the only places in London to do a seafood platter to share. Combine the platter and the lack of booking with a sunny day on the patio and Chelsea-types galore and this is a recipe for success for those who want a relaxing afternoon of Sloane-life.
Sadly on our visit the sunny day was not in attendance, so rain forced us indoors into the spot where the King's car used to get repaired. Despite being an ex-garage this is now a beautiful and historic spot to sit and chew through crabs, winkles and lobster. It is a bit echoey though, and when the Chelsea types in red trousers start Rah-Rah-ing a little too loud it can be a bit much.
We shared a carafe of white with the seafood platter with added lobster. Adding in a liver pate starter took our bill for two just into three figures total. Not seaside-cheap sadly, but This Is London (TIL). The platter is impressive looking, perched on a pedestal on a mountain of ice. Every morsel is freshwater-fresh indicating care and quality; the prawns in particular were a notch above any I've ever tasted, and the crab was its usually awesome self (I love crab). However, the half lobster was disappointingly small, and the langoustines a bit too chewy. Beyond that we also got loads of time-consuming winkles and rubbery potted-shrimp. Whelks were not available that day ( ;__; ) and other favourites of cockles, muscles and razor clams were nowhere to be seen.
Compared to seafood platters in Essex, Kent, Devon and Hampshire - this is the polished, pure, posh and pricey version. Good for an impressive date, but you can do better elsewhere.
I quite like the idea of this place. Very continental feeling with the flowers outside, tables strewn about, posh nibbles, nice wine list.
I think the toilets always speak volumes about an establishment, and these urinals still have the ashtrays next to them. One never needs to put out a perfectly good cigar whilst using the bathroom!
The wine list descriptions are a bit emphatic so take them either with a grain of salt or appreciation that they're in words you would like to use instead of the technical aspects of flavor (ok, without so many superlatives).
I've been told that the price for quail's eggs is a reasonable value, though when we went, they were out. Sad times. But the parm crisps were delightful.
An amazing little place to spend a wonderful Saturday afternoon. I had been craving Oysters for quite a while and this was an absolutely charming little place! Sipping a Rose, described as wistful and haunting, while enjoying 6 oysters was my ideal of a London afternoon. The prices are decent, considering you're in the middle of Kensington, with 6 oysters for about £10 (depending on what type you get). Would love to go back, if the weather ever decides to cooperate again!!
The beautiful art deco architecture lured me into this place. The fact they have a great oyster bar helped, too. You can also just buy seafood, especially shellfish, at their store up front if I'm not mistaken. The interior is spaceous and light. Great for a short, romantic rendez-vous. One of the best places for shellfish in this part of the city and maybe even whole of London.
I'm adding Bibendum's Oyster Bar as a separate listing to Bibendum Restaurant because it's a totally different animal. While upstairs houses the formal dining room, the downstairs bar area is a casually beautiful affair - all tiles and windows inside, or in the summer months, outside along with the crustacea stall and florist.
Obviously, you can get excellent oysters here, but they also offer smallish plates perfect for noshing on while enjoying a fine glass or two of wine.
If you are passionate about seafood like me then I recommend you try Bibendum oyster bar. I went there a couple of nights ago with the folks and what a tremendous evening, I had such a laugh and I can ensure you it wasn't down to the bottle of red wine that I drank. The restaurant is in perfect location inside the historic Michelin House in the heart of South Kensington. The building inside is astonishing, very classic but still has that fashionable feel. It has marbled flooring and stain glass windows it truly is beautiful. The best thing about this place is the atmosphere it is so relaxing and tranquil, I was probably the loudest person in there. The food was out of this world, in fact I have never tasted oysters like it and there are so many to choose from. When the bill came I couldn't believe how cheap it was that I actually treated my mum and dad and that's saying something (it was probably the wine)!!!
I was here for Valentines Day. It was a good choice of restaurant. The restaurant isin a Michelin House which was very classy and had beautiful staines glass windows. The atmosphere was great. It has a romantic feel to it and relaxing as well. The food was fantastic. There were so many kinds of seafood to choose from. We finally chose a seafood platter which had everything. The platter had oysters and prawns and all kinds of shellfish. We thoroughly enjoyed the meal.
There is a focus on sea-food but there are plenty of non fishy choices to keep everyone happy.
Established in 1987.
Originally the British head quarters for the French tyre company Michelin. The building was lovingly restored to a restaurant, shop and office space in 1986. Bibendum's Oyster Bar is more informal than the restaurant, with tiles and pictures depicting great motor races of the past.
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