39 Whitfield Street,
(020) 7323 1544
Ollie Dabbous, formerly of celebrated London restaurant, Texture, opens his first restaurant on Whitfield Street. Dabbous is a restaurant and a bar offering a menu of Modern European cusine, with Ollie Dabbous himself heading up the kitchen.
Tue-Sat 12:00-15:00 & 17:30-23:30
Avg Food Spend
£30 - £40 per person
Bar Menu, A La Carte Menu
Wine from £22.50 per bottle
Cocktail List available
Children welcome - at all times
National Restaurant Awards: UK Top 100
The Good Food Guide 2013
Michelin Star 2013 & 2014
The thing that seems to concern most reviewers (professional/twitterati et al) is the decor of Dabbous, so let's get that out the way first. It won't be to everyone's tastes. If your idea of a fun night out is crisp white linen and waiting staff staring down their nose at you, Dabbous is not your cup of tea. If, however, you enjoy an informal environment in which to eat some of the best food being cooked in London at the moment, then you're in luck.
I'm not always a fan of small plate menus, but during a relaxed meal with good friends, sharing feels far more appropriate. We managed to get through most of the menu, which happily means I've been lucky enough to try most of the menu! Frankly, everything we tried was fantastic, so it's difficult to pinpoint particular highlights. Definitely worth trying though are the coddled egg, beef tartar and the fennel salad (best salad ever). Oh, and the mashed potato with roasting juices sounds (and is) simple but I cannot recommend it highly enough.
From the mains, the Iberico pork, crab and veal were all beautiful. We weren't sure we'd manage dessert, but had to try the chocolate, basil and sheeps milk ice cream. Not being possessed of an overly sweet tooth, the balance of sweet, savoury and salt was perfect for my palate.
The wine list is relatively short, but well priced. A bottle of Torrontés and one of Malbec both priced in the early twenties, and both were delicious (and apparently produced by Hennessy/Moet et Chandon in Argentina, as the very young looking but terribly dapperly dressed sommelier advised us....)
The tasting menu at £49 seems something of a steal, but with 5 starters, 5 mains and 3 desserts to share amongst 4, you can certainly get out for less.
I'd say I'll be back shortly, but unless I can find my way clear to visit for a mid-week lunchtime meal, that sadly won't be the case...
not sure what the previous reviewer is thinking. this place is fantastic. food is sublime - the beef tartare is like nothing i have tasted. bar downstairs is lively and cocktails are inventive and excellently executed. i can't find fault, and its great value!
He has the pedigree and he has the backing to create a new modern central London eatery come cocktail bar, but why don't I like Dabbous.
Is it the austere, cold metal and concrete interior, the only thing colder than the interior was the cool look you would occasionally get from the man himself staring
out from the kitchen door.
Some things were excellent, the bread, the butter were top notch. The good things were always too small, other things like a confit salmon – lacked flavour and texture, the salmon cooked so much you could suck it up with a straw.
Currently the prices are the thing that would encourage me to go back especially at lunch time.
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