Muriel's Kitchen

Restaurants , British Soho
  • 4 out of 5 stars
(10 user reviews)
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Sam Peach
Sam Peach
Sam Peach

One of three Muriel's Kitchens in London - the others are in South Kensington and Leicester Square - this Soho branch brings the same emphasis on monthly-changing menus featuring locally sourced British ingredients. The bucolic interior features herb planters, flora, arbor seating and hanging potted plants.

It's open from breakfast, with early meals including blueberry pancakes with maple syrup, sausage sandwiches, eggs Florentine and a variety of other cooked breakfasts. Bloody marys and smoothies of an energising bent are served up too. Daytime and evening mains range from Clarence Court Scotch eggs and sharing platters to smoky fish pies, char-grilled salmon steaks and lasagne. Desserts include cakes, cupcakes, traditional puddings and gluten-free options.

Each of the wines from a list taking in Italy, Chile, Spain and France is available by the glass. Three sparkling wines and a couple of cocktails are available alongside bottles of ales and lager from St. Peter's Brewery and Wyld Wood organic cider. Soft options include milkshakes, freshly squeezed fruit juices and fizzy drops from Fentimans. 

Venue name: Muriel's Kitchen
Address: 36-38 Old Compton Street
Opening hours: Open 8am-midnight Mon-Sat; 9am-11pm Sun
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4.2 / 5

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I'd describe this place as the perfect spot for lunch or dinner with your mum or a gaggle of girlfriends. Actually feels like it's your mum/friend's kitchen - all rustic and cute, with homemade cakes and quiches, etc. They have a great wine menu as well, and the vibe in here is just relaxed and friendly. They have sit down tables as well as more comfortable, larger soft-furnished chairs at the back if you just fancy a cup of tea. Lovely stuff!

Lisa Peake

Oddly, I must have bypassed MK dozens of time as I’ve wondered up and down Old Compton Street. There doesn’t seem to be that external pull in a street full of overt camp with the occasional flash of neon. This time I was with a friend and they suggested we try it. We walked into what almost felt like a home, all wooden tables and plant pots with a lovely warm welcome as if you’d just arrived at a friend’s for lunch. I almost felt like I should have brought a bottle.

It’s a busy, popular place, but the layout affords space enough for private conversations where you don’t feel the need to keep your voice down lest the adjacent tables hear all your gossip (and it was GREAT gossip on that day). On the contrary, there is a healthy buzz of conversation that lends a certain tea party quality to the atmosphere.

The food was good, solid and filling. Not outstanding or particularly memorable but I did feel sated at the end. The girl on the table next to us ordered the carrot cake and it was literally the size of her face. Inevitably it beat her, and I was almost tempted to reach over, no, that would have been far too un-British.

MK is a good place in a great location. I’d recommend it for a relaxed time with friends.

Tip: If you order the carrot cake, make sure you BOTH like it otherwise you’ll end up feel guilty about the starving children in Africa.


I met my Mum for a mid-week lunch at Muriel's kitchen and had a lovely meal. The staff were lovely and very attentive and when I explained that we were pushed for time they pushed our order forward. We both had the fillet steak and chips which arrived within 10 minutes and was very tasty (although quite a filling choice for lunch!) For £15 a head for a main and a drink I can't fault them and the Christmas music and cosy chalet-esque interior made for a good choice for a December meal too!

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I met friends at Muriel's kitchen last week. One of those places I walked passed and thought it looked ideal for a casual brunch. The decor is light and clean and there is a really natural feel to the establishment. I had avocado and salmon on toast which was lovely. Check out the swing seats at the front of the restaurant- we sat there, a fun novelty especially as we were with a 4 year old and he enjoyed it.

Ros A

Had a lovely time out for lunch last week at Muriel's. I've often walked past it and not gone in, I'm not sure why. It's a lovely little spot with nice decor (sort of light, airy and a little bit chiltern firehouse esque). You'll meet friendly staff and have very good food. I had the lasagne and it was outstanding - tasty, lots of tomato sauce and cheese. I think the menu is a little overpriced for what's on offer (you'll pay about a tenner for a lasagne, but also nearly a tenner for a soup and bread) but it's a nice spot and I would certainly return. 


I've only been to the Leicester Square location but the food was absolutely incredible - I had duck and it was lovely. My friend had a vegetarian dish and she thought it was well-balanced with great flavour. The ingredients are fresh and the service is great, too, especially considering how busy it was. I highly recommend this chain.

Christopher M
Staff Writer

Love this place. Occasionally grab my work lunch from here. Fresh food and has a homemade feel. The salads are super yummy and healthy. The lasagna is INCREDIBLE. Well priced and friendly service.


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Carrot cake here!!  Pretty pricey pure slice but the slices are huge and you definitely know you're getting your full money's worth of delicious moist carrot cake!

Damian X

Amazing. I recommend the soup, tortilla and burgers. Nice place, lovely decorated.

Jemima Hall

A place with every kind of food you might fancy, (pizzas, burgers, sandwiches, cake, coffee, salads, antipasti etc.) all made to a decent standard. Reasonably priced, nicely furnished, nice staff and nice food. It isn't an amazing restaurant, but it satisfies all your basic needs to a great level when you just want something nice to eat. Would definitely recommend.