A rather disappointing lunch here, it could never live up to the hype. The fit out is hideous - already dated, faux industrial which is completely over the top. If Mr Dabbous is going to state in the press that he personally checks that all of the toilet rolls in the bathrooms are folded over correctly then he might also like to get a decent uniform for the staff. They looked shabby & cheap. Like bad purchases on a shoestring from Next. Incidentally the loo rolls were torn and scrappy. Also the front of house staff should not be doing online shopping which is visible to everyone in the restaurant. The food is small, that's to be expected. The selection of starters when we visited were mainly vegetarian. The egg was delicious. The beef was completely overpowered by a buttery horseradish sauce. The pork with acorn praline was the most memorable main course. The fish with sea vegetables was so so. I wanted to be more excited by this place, the food was just good. Pollen Street Social is a far more sophisticated restaurant, on all levels.
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Posted: Tue Sep 24 2013
The hype surrounding Dabbous’ 2012 opening has not entirely diminished and securing a booking can be tricky, so it’s a pleasure to arrive and find a relaxed, friendly restaurant. Many of the staff are disconcertingly young (not in a good way), which makes any pomposity on their part seem ridiculous. Our hostess left us in no doubt that the tasting menu was what we should have come for, but at an agreeable £59 per person for seven dishes it is among the best value in London.
The international wine list is an enticing read, and having several varieties offered by glass and carafe underscores the amenable attitude. Earthy own-made sourdough served in a paper bag gets things off to a jolly start. The kitchen majors in plant foods, setting a light, contemporary culinary tone concisely expressed in dishes such as mixed alliums with chilled pine infusion, and an ear of sweetcorn with butter and sweet-savoury seasoning.
More traditional pea bavarois, however, was the better dish, exuberantly dressed with clean-flavoured titbits. Meats are skilfully cooked too, particularly barbecued ibérico pork with almond praline – one for fans of peanut butter. Astutely balanced iced lovage (a herbal granita) made a perfect refresher and ultimately was a more satisfying sweet than the runny custard cream pie, but that’s to quibble.
There’s a great bar in the basement. No wonder this place is popular.
Dabbous 39 Whitfield Street
- Venue phone:
020 7323 1544
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- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-2.30pm, dinner served 6.30-9.30pm Tue-Sat
Tube: Goodge Street
Set lunch £28 2 courses. Set meal £59 tasting menu
- 39 Whitfield Street
- 020 7323 1544
- 39 Whitfield Street
Average User Rating
3 / 5
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What a load of crap. This is the most over priced, up it's own date restaurant in town. Cold cabbage and minute portions don't make for a decent meal in London these days. At £115 per head the prices are scandalous and makes me long for a decent and satisfying meal at Hawksmoor any day of the week. Trite, pretentious and finished. Avoid at all costs. Shite in the extreme.
Visited for lunch and had the 4 course for £26. I didn't like the dessert but they allowed me to change it with no supplement which was good. Food was delicious and interesting-especially the pork belly with turnip tops, the mackerel and warm apple cake.Excellent value and portions were just right. Will return as soon as I can get another reservation!
Brilliant service with good explanations of each dish. We thought it well worth paying the extra £9 each for the cheese course. If you can't eat anything on the tasting menu it's possible to do an exchange for something on the a la carte without extra charge. No feeling of being rushed or pressured. Not a large restaurant, so tables fairly close together and consequently a bit of background noise.
Visited dabbous a while back. Good looking place and great service but the chef takes the mickey with the portions. The food is so pretty and beautifully presented but this does not make up for the lack of substance. A meal at Helen darroze or Alan ducasse costs less than here. Won't be going back unless someone else is paying.
I've just had lunch at this restaurant and felt I had to give prospective diners a real idea of what this restaurant is all about. I'm giving them 3 stars purely for the impeccable and attentive service however there are some real issues... The food tasted lovely but was the smallest of small portions I've ever seen - it was boardering on the far side of a rip-off and piss take. The prices were on a par with the usual expensive restaurants and the portions were as small as a follow thru fart - think turtles head! The cocktail bar looked really nice and the service was impeccable but this is not my idea of how to feed people - no matter how may dishes you order, they will never be fulfiling. This is a propper throwback to the excesses of city slicker 1980's nouvelle cuisine i.e. naff all food on your plate that looks pretty and costs a fortune - NEVER again!