Odette's

Restaurants , Contemporary European Primrose Hill
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Odette's

The intimate rooms and leafy summer garden of Odette’s have seemed perfectly matched to prosperous Primrose Hill ever since the restaurant first opened in the 1970s. Under Welsh chef and TV regular Bryn Williams a stylish contemporary look has replaced the plush clutter of old, but it still has a reliable feel of snug comfort, complemented by charming service.

Williams’ cooking tends to the delicate and subtle, with sometimes-elusive hints rather than big upfront flavours or anything brash. For some, this delicacy would be a plus; for others, perhaps a bit bland. The style worked well in a delightfully smooth crayfish lasagne, topped by superlative little squid rings; chicken consommé with mushroom ravioli and crunchy toasted barley was a satisfying – again, subtle – blend.

To follow, though, sea bream with glazed endive and pine nut and raisin dressing was pleasant but unmemorable, while in braised beef cheek with hash brown in red wine jus, the whole ensemble was very rich, and the meat supremely tender, but real beefiness was hard to find. We were drawn to a pistachio cake dessert by the promise of calvados cream, but two normally highly distinctive flavours – pistachio and calvados – were oddly muted. In short, it’s a question of taste, though the kitchen’s prowess is not in doubt.

 

Venue name: Odette's
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Address: 130 Regent's Park Road
London
NW1 8XL
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; noon-3pm Sat. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Thur; 6-10.30pm Fri, Sat. Meals served noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Chalk Farm tube or bus 31, 168, 274
Price: Main courses £11.50-£25. Set lunch (Mon-Sat) £13 2 courses, £15 3 courses, (Sun) £25 2 courses, £30 3 courses. Set dinner (6-7pm Mon-Sat; 5-7pm Sun) £17 2 courses, £20 3 courses (£29.75 incl wine and coffee)
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Gemma H
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This place deserves a Michelin Star. I took my boyfriend here for his birthday as he'd never tried a tasting menu before. 


The ambiance is romantic. The service is friendly and attentive but not intrusive. They're willing to take photos, talk at length about the food and wine when asked and give celebrity anecdotes while you pay your bill. 


We had the 7 course taster with wine pairings, and were very impressed. The price is very good for this kind of meal. The portions were reasonable and the wine measures were generous enough that we were really quite merry by the end of the evening. 


The wine matched the food perfectly, we're heavy red drinkers and meat eaters and were blown away when it came to the main meat course. But every dish that arrived was met with awe.


Go on, make up a special occasion just to go here.

Sham K

I am a fan of fine dining but can't stand the haughtiness that come along with it. Unfortunately this restaurant is one of them, the two waiters that did serve us were guilty of this. Luckily the manager's charm did rescue it greatly, so did the food and the ambience and the convenient location of the rest. thus I give it a four star. Definitely, an AFFORDABLE restaurant if you are willing to experience 'fine' dining or what I call 'middle-class dining'.