We asked the hotel concierge for more of a local/traditional spot where we would see no fellow Americans - well the city is overrun with tourists and there's no way to avoid them but Dean Street definitely hit the spot.
We actually got there quite late and one drunken patron leaving the premises stuck her face about 4 inches in front of my face and yelled at me in her best beer-breath laden voice to "try the cod".
So of course we ignored her and went by our lovely server's suggestions, which were the twice-baked smoked haddock soufflé for the appetizer and the mince & mash for the main. The soufflé was a completely unique experience and was an incredible dish. The mince & mash for lack of a better description felt like a deconstructed pie without the crust (see attached pics).
The service was efficient and the cadence of food arrival was also great. The dining room is predominantly candle-lit so it looks like a pretty decent date spot as well.
The major points this place gets is for ambiance. This would be a great place for a date, a birthday dinner, or catchup drinks. It's very cozy but big. There are nice arm chairs and plush couches as well as a nice bar area and fireplaces. There is some outdoor seating as well.
I came here for afternoon tea and while well priced as far as teas go in London, I wasn't all that impressed. The food quality was decent but not amazing and the service was pretty bad. Maybe I have been spoiled because I'm used to the tea over at Modern Pantry (which is a must-do by the way, absolutely incredible).
I would say come here for drinks as the vibe is very nice, but probably plan your dinner elsewhere. Also, head east to Modern Pantry for a tea that is comparable in price but far superior in quality.
This is one of my favourite places in London. I came here originally once for brunch, and was very impressed by the great food quality and elaborate, classy, but unique decor. When I returned for lunchtime drinks, I was amazed by the array of Bloody Marys, and the very attentive and personal service of our bartender, Tomas. The Scotch Bonnet is my favourite drink there - it comes on and off the menu though so if you see it make sure you pounce!!! I've been here many times since - great for a catch up, chill out, or date. And I love the Lindsay Lohan 'quote' - see if you can spot it.
Classy classic atmosphere with a long bar for their artisan cocktails.
Food: 3.5, Atmosphere: 3.5, Service: 3
Cost to worth it rating: 2 (starters ~£8, mains ~£16-30 bit expensive)
Return worthiness: maybe
- Bar: impressively long bar
- Cocktails: fancified with house made tonics, my cocktail had a gelle sliced ginger in it
- Tomato soup: thick from the pureed tomatoes but not creamy
- Fish: well cooked with subtle flavors
- Feels a bit more formal of an atmosphere than other spots around
Had a fine evening and would come back for drinks but try other places for dinner.
Came upon this place one afternoon looking for simple tea and scones - they were booked solid with locals, and even though we (tourists) didn't have a reservation, they found a way to seat and serve us without being stuffy or rude, when they could have easily turned us away with good reason. We only had scones, clotted cream, jam, and tea, but it was spectacular. The atmosphere was bustling, everyone was dressed nicely (Sunday-best, not going-out), but it didn't seem stuck-up at all.
Really enjoyed it, and I absolutely would recommend this place.
If you love a great Bloody Mary, take heed. As a North American whose favourite drink is always some version of a Bloody Mary or a Caesar (depending on the country), I would say I have a lot of previous experience, knowledge and expertise in this department. It is imperative that you go to Dean Street Townhouse for Bloody Marys. It is pricey, but they offer a few varieties to cater to the purists and creative tastes alike. The original version of the Bloody Mary is delicious. So is the rosemary version. However, surprisingly, I loved the Scotch Bonnet version of the Bloody Mary the best. The boyfriend and I are still dreaming about that wonderful creation in a glass. It sounds weird for a Bloody Mary. It looks disgusting. Surprisingly, it tastes like Mexico in a glass. If you like the salsa verde they serve in Mexico, you will love the Scotch Bonnet Bloody Mary. Amazing.
The Rosemary Bloody Mary wasn't my favourite. It uses horseradish in the base. Not a fan of horseradish. Aside from that, it was quite nice.
If I was to rank the Bloody Mary's in order of preference, it would have to be Scotch Bonnet, followed by original Bloody Mary, with my least favourite being the Rosemary. The purist in me was shocked, but the Scotch Bonnet is sooooo good that it put me back into holiday mode!
The service was fantastic. Props to Thomas (I think that's his name) for being so all around awesome and making fabulous Bloody Marys. He is a fabulous bartender.
Restrooms are very clean. It was nice as a North American to be able to go to the "bathroom" (I still get weird responses from Brits when I say that term). It's the little things that are appreciated. Also, I really appreciated the nice hand lotion provided in the bathrooms. A very nice touch.
Full star reviews for the Dean Street Townhouse. I love this place and can't wait to go back!
Great place for business meetings, smart yet not stuffy, good quality yet not offensively expensive. Perfect for an expense account in the 21st century.
At our lunch this week we ordered a steak each with the Bernaise Sauce. The steak was perfectly cooked and the sauce had the necessary creamy rich texture with the requisite tang. The chips were in a slightly measly portion and uninspiring though not offensively so. We had the creamed spinach on the side and it was a delight.
Service was polite if a little harried. Getting the bill after a long lunch proved difficult and at times requests were missed by the speedy staff.
Overall still a really strong contender...
There was a mix-up about our Sunday reservation for Afternoon Tea at Dean Street Townhouse, and we had to wait 40 minutes before we could secure a table. But I understand these things happen, and after that the experience was lovely.
The dining room was warm and elegant with hardwood floors and plush vintage armchairs. The restaurant was filled with diners enjoying their Sunday roast or Afternoon Tea, and we were allowed to sip and nibble on ours for several hours without being rushed. Candles were even brought to the table when the sun went down!
We each had a pot of a tea with the tiered stand. The bottom tier was made up of 3 different kinds of sandwiches (egg & cucumber, ham, smoked salmon). They were all good, but nothing very special.
The middle tier held a plate of large raisin scones (2 per person), which were still warm and about as perfect as raisin scones can get. Clotted cream and strawberry/raspberry jams made them phenomenal.
The top tier held an assortment of sweets: Battenberg cake, red velvet cupcakes, coffee cake, macarons, custard tarts, and cream puffs.
On the side, we also ordered a Scotch Egg that was crispy on the outside and oozing with a brilliantly runny orange yolk inside. The Mac & Cheese was decadent!
This was more than enough food, and at a good value. We ended up taking many of the scones and sweets to go... and they were the perfect snack the next morning on the Eurostar to Paris!
During a 6-week long business trip in London, I only ate at 2 restaurants I'd deem worthy of 5 stars and Dean Street Townhouse is one of them (the other being The Red Fort down the street). Came here with the lady and we enjoyed a phenomenal meal.
The interior is gorgeous and quintessentially British. A large bar bustles with patrons sipping on custom cocktails served in a variety of crystal glassware and the dining room looks like one big stately living room you'd find at a massive rowhouse in Mayfair, or at least, what I'd envision it to look like. Tall candles adorn each table and the warm yellow hue emanating from them makes for a truly cozy and romantic decor.
On to the best part: the food. As everyone else highlights, the Twice Baked Smoked Haddock Souffle is phenomenal. It's one of the most unique and delicious dishes I've EVER eaten. The idea of a souffle made of fish kind of grossed me out at first, but curiosity won the day and I ordered it. It was so rich and delicious, with a fantastic smoked flavor garnished with a creamy beurre blanc sauce w/ chives. Absolutely divine. Made better by the fact that you can use their fresh bread rolls to mop up the sauce.
As an entree I had braised veal cheeks and they were also delicious. The lady had a salad to start and I can't remember her meal, but she was very pleased as well.
Bottom line: if you're in Soho, or even if you're not, Dean Street Townhouse is a great restaurant that's worth visiting, especially with a date you're trying to impress, or just a really great meal with a good friend. It won't be cheap, but it won't be something you'll find elsewhere.
I might be the salmon here, the one that's swimming upstream...but I just didn't feel the hype about the Dean Street Townhouse. What I felt was a lot of attitude...almost as if the Dean Street Townhouse is the top dog of the neighbourhood and everyone else should bow to him!
Maybe I'n a little harsh here...I mean, nothing really bad happened - the service was okayish, the drinks were actually quite tasty... and the food was also quite alright. But something about this place made me just not like it so much. I think this place is too cool for me...I like a down-to-earth place, where I can go with my friends and relax and chat. The Townhouse is more about seeing and been seen...
If you like that, then you'll love this place!
A dressed-up European brasserie with a great bar scene and a fun, loud vibe - Dean Street Townhouse has become a go-to when I am looking for a trendy but not outrageously.
I find that the venue works particularly well when organising a dinner with a group of friends: the menu is diverse and has a special vegetarian section, there are a number of inexpensive bottles of wine (plus a reasonable large selection of draft and bottled beers), and the location in the middle of Dean Street is hard to beat for picking a bar for a drink afterwards. Also of note: I found the waitstaff to be very understanding with respect to giving us an extra half-hour at the bar to wait for friends / finish our drinks before seating us. In a restaurant that is usually packed full of diners, this flexibility was greatly appreciated.
Menu highlights: the chicken is a favourite of mine, replete with stuffing, gravy, and roasted potatoes. I have also had some delicious duck confit, a selection of wonderful and crisp salads (the shrimp salad was particularly good), as well as some outstanding french fries (often a measuring stick for brasseries). The food is not particularly inventive (mostly European classics), but it is generally well executed.
I really love the feel of this hotel restaurant. I expected it to be a bit stuffy, but it was very casual and warm.
We came here for the Sunday roast, which was very good. You can get a 2 course meal for around £24, or 3 course for £28. For the amount and quality of food you get, I'd say it was totally worth it.
I also had a glance at a few other tables having high tea----hmm hmmm. A lot of the high tea places we have visited in London tend to be extremely girly, kitschy, or stuffy. Dean Street Townhouse is able to pull off high tea without any of those characteristics----I will definitely be back for that next time.
On a Wednesday night, 9pm, the place was still crowded and we were well inspired to book a table.
So to start with, it's a nice cosy atmosphere, mixing a crowd of people of all ages, starting in the end 20s til, well, older... The decoration is traditional British on the walls, with the wall paper stemming directly from older times, and a great long bar with high chairs on one side.
For the food, it's very good quality, British high end type of food. we got some delicious fish and also duck. Both very good quality, well prepared, just as expected. Excellent chocolate dessert to finish with.
For the service, it's good but they are not coping totally well with the crowd they had. Maybe it was exceptional that the place was so full, but I doubt it. So that's a point to improve.
Nevertheless the place is in a great location, you'll clearly get a good dinner in a nice atmosphere.
For ladies (and gents) who love lunching, Dean Street Townhouse is a superb place to do it. Its classically British interior will ensure you're in sufficiently plush surroundings.
Originally I had this spot bookmarked for cocktails but since then have come here for Sunday lunch, weekday lunch, dinner and drinks - all of which I've enjoyed tremendously.
Of particular note:
Twice baked smoked haddock souffle
Fish and chips with mushy peas
Roast Banham chicken with sage and onion stuffing
On my next trip to Dean Street, I'm hoping to take in their afternoon tea (mmm...clotted cream!)
Dean Street Townhouse has a lovely relaxed atmosphere. The staff are attentive and friendly. The prices are not particularly low, but probably lower than your would have expected for a popular place in Soho with great service.
The food is very down to earth--good flavours but nothing is over thought or pretentious. As a result the menu feels less contrived than most other Soho eateries. I highly recommend the chopped salad with prawns as it's hands down the best salad I've ever had!
Oh and I especially love the granny wallpaper.
Throughout dinner, I couldn't help but continually comment on how similar Dean Street Townhouse felt to New York's Minetta Tavern. At no point during our meal did that sentiment go away.
A comfortable atmosphere I can only describe as cosy-contemporary mixed with quality cocktails, flawlessly professional service, and excellently executed dishes made for a superb experience. It's no wonder that bookings for a Saturday evening are challenging to come by.
Protip: The slots available via OpenTable are extremely limited relative to what's available by phone - you're best off calling if you're trying to score a table during prime dining times.
A friend talked me into the haddock soufflé, with sauce served table-side (so's not to end up all mushy by the time it's delivered). It's not something I would have sprung for, but I was wholly impressed. It was a bit like a crab cake in consistency and flavour, but wrapped in a pastry shell. The butter lettuce salad with blue cheese was generous and refreshing, and my sea bream fillet main was perfectly cooked with tender, flaky flesh and a crisp skin.
Whether you're popping in for some flair-filled drinks at the bar or a proper meal, Dean Street Townhouse is virtually guaranteed to please.
One of my favourite restaurants in Soho. Dean Street Townhouse has an upscale old school members club feel to it. Although it's a relatively posh place, the staff is well trained and welcoming to all.
Food always hits the spot....I usually go with the lamb or the steak. Note the portions vary quite wildly in size. My friend's chicken could feed a small family, whereas my 4 pieces of lamb was smaller than expected. Be sure to order a few sides of veggies for your table. You can always expect a solid well prepared meal...but don't expect anything overly creative or unique, the menu consists of standard bistro-pub fare (a selection of fish and meats).
Dean Street is a great place for a higher-end relaxed dinner, slightly removed from the chaos of Soho.
It always surprises me when you find pockets of fine dining like this hidden in the heart of Soho. But as this place is part of the Soho House portfolio, it makes a little more sense...
I didn't touch this place till the initial hype had died down (I always find you then get to see what a place is *really* going to be like..). I've now had a few lunches, dinners and even afternoon tea in the dining rooms, and every time it's just been lovely. That kind of consistency across different times, waiters and styles of service is hard to find. This place probably could have gotten away with mediocre quality of food, simply because of its association. But I'm so glad they've really delivered a great experience.
Today I took my Mum and we sat right in the corner tucked behind the door. The tables by the windows there are my favourite - a great mix of comfortable arm chair with appropriate dining seat. Tough to get right.
We both had the steak. And my god, what a steak it is. BEST IN LONDON. I'm not joking. It's not cheap (£26.50 with chips and bernaise), but sweet lord it is worth it. I was aware of its uber-giant size, so skipped starters (but did have the warm ciabatta brought to our table). It really is a huge piece of meat, but if that's your thing, you'd be CRAZY not to go and get one. Plus, Dean St. isn't pretentious about wrapping up any leftovers for you! Amazing bernaise too, a sauce I normally despise, so that's seriously saying something. I added a portion of greens on the side for us to share (ample size to), so as not to fully induce a heart attack,
We had a glass of Pinot Noir for £6 a piece, which was just enough. If we'd gone for a bottle, I think I'd be in a coma right now.
We did sneak in dessert though. My Mum had an absolutely delightful little lemon meringue, and I had peanut shortbread with salted caramel ice cream (like a Snickers bar, but better). Yum.
£97 for the whole meal, which for a special treat isn't bad, and for food as good as this, I'll pay happily for.
I came here for a bday dinner and I think mentally just NEVER LEFT.
First, it has a very pleasant atmosphere- lively but not too loud. The waitstaff in general were very nice and considerate while our waiter in particular was fun, attentive and gave lots of good suggestions.
Food-wise, the complimentary bread is extremely delicious and always hot from the oven. The butter immediately melted when I attempted to spread it much to my delight. To start I had the salmon souffle followed by the braised ox cheek and a cheeseboard (I KNOW RIGHT? HOW CAN ONE GIRL HAVE SO MUCH FOOD?)
Oh yeah, it happened, and I ate it all, with a side of mashed potatoes.
Get the salmon souffle or whatever seasonal fish souffle they're serving at the time. It has a wonderful consistency that I cannot fully put into word. Like whipped foie gras but less rich. The ox cheek was tender enough to be cut with a fork and the mashed potatoes were also amazing. Cheeseboard of British cheeses was also pleasing but I cannot stop raving about the souffle.
The wifey and I, from San Francisco, were told by some friends not to expect much from the food in England. So, we didn't. But, we still wanted to eat what the English ate.
Hey, the food here was great! We had the blood pudding salad with quail eggs which were breaded and fried, the duck egg and chicken liver, and both of us had their fish entrees.
The service was excellent, and super friendly. The soft-spoken gentleman who filled out water glasses was painfully formal. It made me feel like I needed to apologize to him for my barbaric ways.
Recommend this place highly.
We had a lovely xmas breakfast at the Dean street Townhouse, the decor was very festive and tastefully done and the service was top class.
The breakfast menu was extensive and the food was well prepared and delicious there was a great choice for breakfast and special requests were met with willingness.
this was a great start to our xmas week and we will certainly return, its just such a shame the surroundings to the restaurant are not as lovely as the Townhouse itself.
Seriously, people? I'm the first to review the DST? In February 2010? Wow. (I still fear I just didn't search right, but I just couldn't find the place listed on Yelp.)
Sooo .... you see, the DST is quite the talk of the town, isn't it? Whatever R. Caring touches is, really. There was lots of name-dropping going on, with Giles Coren and Jay Rayner and AA Gill and the whole fashionably omnivorous crowd honouring the DST with their presence and their useless but entertaining post-dinner scribbling.
Speaking of which, let me do likewise. Not the name-dropping bit; I didn't recognise anyone, but then again, it takes quite a bit of international celebrity until I would be able to spot a non-mortal. Rather, I mean the post-dinner scribbling bit.
Plus points: buzzy, heaving, full, fantastic bar, nice interior (if you like that sort of thing, with carpets and green wallpaper and faux antique picture frames and the like), people with large thick-rimmed glasses and hip haircuts, young people, old people, waiters with bowties ...
Plus point, food-wise: had some Maldon Rocks, and they're still in my stomach (good); had a decadent sherry trifle for puds (very good); had a ray with capers for main (soso); companions had fish & chips (looked nice enough). Warm bread; heavy cutlery; wine glasses made of very thin glass (the 3 latter are all good things).
Negatives: Hard to put anything in words. Perhaps the fact that you put money into Caring's pockets, as if there was any more space. Then again, bless the man. It's not too expensive. It's always booked out. I won't go very often. But whenever I will, I am sure I'll have a good time. I like looking at people with thick-rimmed glasses, while holding a thin glass in my hands.
All I wanted for my birthday was to enjoy a sunny day in London and a classic high tea. Dean Street's Afternoon Tea perfectly fulfilled my wishes, and didn't cost us a fortune either!
The ambiance was that of an elegant, upscale home with cozy leather chairs circling low wooden tables. The delicious choice of teas were served out of beautiful ceramic pottery and the finger sandwiches, scones and desserts were served on 3-tiered trays. We tried the crumpets and welsh rarebit (a cheese/mustard open-faced toast) as well - delicious!
The only slight downsides - 1. noisy and 2.the desserts were not on par with the rest of the food.
One last note - they were very accommodating of a 10-month old! (Thanks!)
DST's restaurant is fabulously comfortable. The interior's warm lighting bathes the velvet evergreen and cranberry colored chairs and dark wood finishes beautifully. Most of the seating is rather low, which I enjoy, as I'm short and sometimes find myself dangling my feet, like a little kid.
We've come a couple of times for breakfast during the week and on weekends. The staff is obliging, but not overly aggressive, and everything arrives in a timely fashion.
My espresso drinks are always done very well. And I always enjoy lingering over a cup, while I peruse a complimentary paper, that can be found stacked on a counter near the door. I also appreciate the half orders of eggs benedict - one, instead of two stacks of eggs, bacon, and English muffin slathered in a very nice hollandaise.
One of my favorite morning spots! Can't wait to come for dinner soon!
I am in two minds about the DST.
Front of house, they are great. Easy to book, feel a million dollars being shown to your table, the food is awesome but for some reason I am always a bit put off by the waiting staff.
Also they have that thing I see quite a lot where after about 10,30 it's really hard to get anyone's attention. Both times recently I have waited a while (over 20 minutes) to get the bill. I suppose this is just peak hours, however given where it is and what is does (plus what it charges) you would imagine that this would be ironed out.
But anyway, great for a power lunch or fun evening, but not if you are in a massive hurry
Regretting that we didn't order the steak. In fact, we are going back just to try to prove ourselves wrong.
We were seated in one of the big round booths in the back which is a great seating arrangement and private, but also next to the kitchen and we felt like we weren't a part of the bustling scene.
The bread was delicious--hot, fluffy goodness! Good way to start off. Starters were tasty too--tomato soup, seafood bisque, smoked haddock souffle (which tasted like whitefish salad. Loved the little pots they served .the soups from....
Mains were poor. I had the chopped salad with chicken and bacon. It was so extraordinarily ordinary. I could have made it myself. Nothing innovative or exciting--just some chopped veg. And it was hella expensive.
Lamb sweetbreads were a HUGE disappointment.
Squid with andouille sausage was just okay.
Bathroom was great by the way--gorgeous marble and nice stand alone full length mirror. I notice these things.
When you wake up the next morning and your first thought is of the great meal you had the night before, you know you've found one of your new favourite restaurants.
A gang of us went along for a birthday dinner and happily, were seated in the private room in the back of the restaurant. This was good because the main restaurant was totally packed - it's THE restaurant du jour, dontcha know?
The food in a word, was delectable. But because I have no skill for brevity, I'm going to give you more than just one word about the food. I started with the oysters, which were an unusual choice for me. I love oysters, but don't get them that often, as I find them very filling. I pushed the boat and went for a half dozen Maldon oysters. Yum. They're served on a large platter with a vinegar sauce and I highly recommend. They were just so fresh.
I went for the steak bearnaise for my main course and thank God I did, because that was a helluva steak. I ordered medium-rare, I got medium rare. Result. It was cooked very well and the meat was so tender, I didn't really need to use my knife to cut it. The bearnaise sauce was just lovely as well. Very creamy, with the right mix of shallots, tarragon, vinegar and butter. Delicious.
I've been advised that the desserts are worth trying, especially the lemon posset, however it being a birthday dinner, we had birthday cake. A lovely red velvet cake from the Hummingbird Bakery just down the road, which ended the meal nicely.
If you have no other option but to dine in trendy Soho, then you will find this restaurant adequate.
Snooty reception. The pretentious people at the door will instruct you to wait while they organize your table, even you have a reservation. Then they will studiously ignore you for 20 minutes for no reason whatsoever. I noticed that this happened to every person who entered the restaurant, even when there were tables ready.
The service is excellent. My waitress gave me smart suggestions and checked back frequently to make sure that everything was fine when the food was served. Her supervisor, however, was a cold and unpleasant woman who did nothing to improve the bad impression left by the receptionist.
The food is fine, if uninspired. London dinner is so frequently a crashing disappointment that it can be considered a mild success that the Dean Street Townhouse served tasty satisfying meals with good flavor and texture at the right temperature. The smoked Haddock souffle is very good. The salads won't disappoint you. The rest of the dishes were fine but not worth writing about.
I very much enjoyed the light breakfast I had here on a Sunday morning before hitting Colombia Flower Market. This is the kind of place where you can read the paper while eating a nice breakfast in peace and quiet.
Possibly my favourite place for brunch (the fact it's a stroll
from home is a plus but I'd travels miles for this). Service, food,
surroundings absolutely perfect way to start a Sunday or any day. Definitely the
best Kedgeree I've had since I was a girl and the Bucks Fizz was the perfect
mix of freshly squeezed juice and bubbly. If I could justify it I'd have brunch here every
day! Great place to take your most special friends for a treat. I was very pleasantly
surprised at the prices not budget but definitely not expensive either and
worth much more than every penny spent! Go, you will absolutely love its
stylish surroundings , great location and slightly decadent feel.
Great vibe in this place, decorated stylishly and if I was to summarise it I would say "old posh funky" - a place that you would feel comfortable no matter who you are or what you wear as the staff are very welcoming and there is a whole miss-mash of people there. they were even happy to except the arguing couple (which had a few to drink) and proved to be my entertainment for the evening....although they also asked them if they didn't mind "keeping things a bit down" (in the reservered english way)
I believe this place has only been open for a year and a bit and seems like its still going strong....drinks are good (cocktails and wine list - sorry didn't try and the beer) and dinner is rather yummie and I was specially impressed they had a seperate vegie menu for me...although it was my first unintentional try of anchovies in my posh cheese on tost which they mixed wostershire sauce in....although their panic and stylish apology did make up for things
its on my to do list to go back there again
Dean Street Townhouse is one of those places I always like to return to. It is never extraordinary but it is reliable and it is one of my favorite breakfast places with its all day breakfast. It is not cheap but I have never had anything bad here and I do also like the atmosphere.
My favorites include the egg white omelet as well as the full English and the burger is also a good alternative.
Drinks are made with great care and knowledge and I have had some fabulous elderflower drinks here.
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The lovely Gina, formerly of the Ivy, is running the Front of House and it's certainly got the relaxed but with it vibe you'd expect from one of the Caprice Holdings operations. Restaurants where you're made to feel welcome... not everyone's cup of tea, but it's a perfectly executed 'how to' guide to a modern British restaurant appealing to the widest range of people and while it won't get in the way of some of my exploring, I'll certainly be a regular there for a good time to come.
1- the atmosphere
2- the dark pub style
3- the food
1- overcrowded- I was followed the waitress to my table and noticed around me the half inch space between the tables- told that this is my table, where clearly this half inch space was occupied by the other couple setting next!! I was looking at the waitress and she was looking back
in my mind my eyes said 'how the hell am I suppose to squeeze into my chair?'
in her mind she was saying ' what are you waiting for??? this is your place move it I got a queue of people waiting to be seated'
after a pause of around three minutes, waitress was able to ask the occupying couples to move a bit !!! THANK YOU
I don't blame the couple- the space allocated for each table is not enough!!
2- the limited dining time 7-9 pm - I would accept this limit if the service was fast! in reality it is so slow and unprofessional
waited for the menu 10 minutes
waited for someone to take the order 15 minutes
wine came on the spot
waited for the food 30 minutes
of course we stayed beyond our allocated time !
3- price- way too expensive - we ordered the steak plate (for two) which was divine but set be back £65- not to mention the starter, wine and desert
will I go back?
I am tempted to try it on a sunny day for lunch or breakfast or a drink when the place is occupied with the maximum number not over stuffed with people to the extent that you can not pass by dinners standing and waiters rushing around
NOTE: This review is for the Dining Room, not the hotel.
Initial hype aside, superbly well-done and executed. The inside has that warm "members club" feel with a comfortable bar running most of the restaurant's length - the type that you'd feel comfortable plopping yourself down at with the day's paper as you chew on a snack with a cocktail. Think of it as an upscale pub - I'd be happy to hold a business lunch here, but wouldn't feel out of place wearing jeans and a dressy t-shirt.
The cocktails, in a single word, are phenomenal and the barmen they employ know how to make a proper cocktail. On a late Sunday night, the guy stood there stirring for (literally) five minutes to ensure that my Old Fashion was done perfectly. An "English Julip" was also very tasty and refreshing. Keeping to the "modern British" theme, most cocktails are variations of classics, adopted to use British ingredients (e.g. Gin instead of Vodka in their adaption of the Moscow Mule).
The food is billed as "Modern British", but maybe that just describes the presentation, as I believe that most of the items on the menu are certainly classic British dishes. A massive Toad in the Hole had a great red wine and onion gravy and was served with sauteed vegetables - delicious and a steal at 12.95, it could have fed two. Sauteed duck with quince was also very good, along with golden Jersey potatoes, sauteed with the slightest bit of fresh mint. A soup of ham hock and peas with a puree of vegetables was delicious and meal in itself.
It should be noted that in this city, where it is often impossible to fine a superb meal late at night, serve dinner until midnight, seven days a week.
With cocktails, starters and sides, it was pricey for upscale pub food, but it was worth it. Service was attentive and unobtrusive. I will certainly be returning...
I stayed here for work. It is central and located near everything. It was so easy to get around.
The staff was so sweet and helpful. They helped make me look like a star to clients and kept me organized. They helped set up cars, restaurant reservations, maps, and were just generally nice to come back to after a long day of appointments.
The restaurant next door is very good and the staff are also supper helpful.
My room was a nice corner room and the bed was super comfortable.
I miss the cookies in the evening! Oh and holy cow! How great their beauty supplies are.
Very comfortable, relaxing stay during a very busy business trip.
I hope I can come back for a personal stay.
I stayed here during Thanksgiving holiday visiting from Los Angeles and this place was great. It's situated in the heart of everything Soho by Piccadilly, Leicester Square, and Convent Garden and there's tons of places to eat once you step out. The staff is very polite and the rooms were clean and tidy. Free fruit, free bottled water, free biscuts, and free toiletries.
The only downside would be the price. You get what you pay for and you do get your monies worth!
I will definitely stay here when I visit.
Highly recommended restaurant and bar. I can't comment on the rooms as haven't stayed there - but my evening meal there was first class with a really enjoyable mixed grill.
There were a couple of hiccups but they were handled with such panache that Townhouse still gets a resounding 5 stars!
Here's what happened - after a really tasty starter we were served our main course - but there was a slight mix-up in that we'd only ordered one mixed grill but were served two. It wasn't a huge problem as my g/f at the time decided she'd eat it anyway so I didn't mind and said we'd keep the order that was served.
Then we found the kidneys were rather undercooked (almost raw in fact!). The waiter immediately dealt with this and took away the raw meat and returned a few minutes later with a well cooked dish.
The restaurant were extremely apologetic and didn't charge us for the 2nd mixed grill. So for the quality of service, excellent food (once they got it right) and whole experience , they really deserve full marks.
Throughout, the service was extremely good and attentive and the staff were very friendly and down to earth.
The atmosphere varies from the long bar and leather booths to the smaller room we were in with fun decor - sort of like a mad aunts drawing room!
Already looking forward to a return visit.
Typical of what London has become.
When I used to dine here in the 1960s it was old hotel dining rooms; fine china; good silver; linens....abundant, amazing food....served beautifully....and dirt cheap.
Now it`s hideous decor, hateful food and more hateful prices.
OK I wasn`t paying....but still, how do they get away with it?
Lunch at the `Dean Street Townhouse`....the noise (I don`t mean chat)...staff dropping plates...bustling about...deafening...
No butter dish.
Lousy grub..I plumped for lobster salad at £25 per.
The portion was meager. Sort of like a side salad, I`d say.
The service was awful. Didn`t even toss the salad at the table....brought it already tossed. Didn`t even ask if you wanted ground peppercorns...
I mean, makes American standardisation look great.
The atmosphere is everything you want, buzzing and upbeat but not too loud and crammed. The food is exquisite - fresh ingredients topped with just the right amount of flavour and seasoning. I shared the muscles as a starter and had the Atlantic prawns with courgettes as a main course. The prawns were huge and perfectly cooked - the courgettes were the perfect accompaniment, plump and not too dominant that they took away from the prawns.
This is a great place to go for a romantic evening (if you stay late enough and don't feel like venturing home supposedly you can get a room with a massive discount, if any are free). Also a fun place to go to with a group of friends.
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