NOTE: Early in 2015 it was announced that Soho Estates and Soho House plan to redevelop Kettner's with a public restaurant, champagne bar and 28 new bedrooms. This review was written before those plans were announced.
A Georgian-chic champagne bar with a restaurant next door that’s buzzing every night of the week, Kettner’s is a safe bet in Soho. The cocktail bar has lavish velvet curtains, plush seating and low-lit alcoves filled with the tinkle of laughter and champagne flutes, while the restaurant suits groups who want a bit of glamour and history (Oscar Wilde dined here), but don’t necessarily crave too many surprises on the menu.
Large windows and distressed white woodwork create a relaxed and upmarket feel, but the tables are close together and soft electro music keeps a modern edge. You get what you expect from a quality brasserie: steak cooked perfectly, chips triple fried, service a little flirty, and there’s always crème brûlée on the menu. A buffalo mozzarella starter came with a dense confit of tomatoes and deliciously sharp basil dressing, and this lightness was carried through to the salmon and prawn fish cakes served with buttery poached egg for mains.
Potato gratin was a little dry, but you could forgive the kitchen once you tasted the rich and cheddary cauliflower cheese. Mango and passion-fruit pavlova was, much like the rest of the meal, very well executed if a little predictable.
Originally opened in 1867 by Auguste Kettner (chef to Napoleon III), the menu today is still inspired by his original French signature dishes, which, combined with British classics and Soho comfort food, means there is truly something for all tastes and occasions.
Our head chef Marvin Jones joined us recently and brings our delicious new summer brasserie menu. Marvin was previously head chef at Baku Bistro, Credit Suisse Roux Fine Dining and the Park Lane Hilton, and has worked alongside Gary Rhodes and at Raymond Blanc's Le Manoir Aux Quat' Saisons.
Perfect for all pockets and occasions, Kettner's offers everything from casual lunches to pre-theatre suppers, Sunday roasts, and luxurious special occasion dinners... not to mention our infamous Champagne afternoon teas, served daily between 1pm and 4pm.
We also have one of the most extensive Champagne lists in London with more than 100 varieties, many from small family growers. The innovative cocktail menu is inspired by the characters of the restaurant's scandalous past, including the signature High and Wilde bellini, in honour of Oscar Wilde.
Plus live music, ticketed party events, jazz dinners and lots more to tickle your fancy!
So, whatever the occasion Kettner's is the place for you and all your guests. See you for a glass of bubbly soon...