Not one to normally write reviews- I felt this place deserved a good one! I went to One Blenheim Terrace recently with a friend for the 10 course taster menu. It was absolutely fabulous. The food was delicious, the service was fantastic and all staff were so friendly and welcoming. The settling is lovely and we sat sat outside as it was a lovely summer's evening. We both were both very happy customers. I cannot wait to go back. Well done team !
One Blenheim Terrace
St John's Wood
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Time Out says
Posted: Wed Oct 26 2011
Some restaurants pride themselves on their pretentiously written menus. A thin slice of anything becomes a ‘carpaccio’; a pig’s parentage, life story and favourite music must be detailed.
Not so at One Blenheim Terrace, where the menu is such a retro read that, at first, you’re not sure if the kitchen’s genuinely stuck in 1970 or if the menu’s author is just having a laugh.
This may be the last restaurant in London where you can order Scotch egg, liver and onions, ratatouille and trifle from the same menu. But if you’re expecting ‘Abigail’s Party’, you’re in for a shock, as the execution is cutting-edge modern.
Duck à l’orange was fashionable in the 1960s, an Anglicised version of a French dish where duck is served with a sharp orange sauce to counter the fattiness of the meat. This modernised version had the duck fat already rendered away, but more strikingly, the dish has been Hestoned.
What looked like tiny egg yolks scattered on the plate were liquid-filled beads of orange that have undergone spherification – one of the techniques of molecular gastronomy unknown four decades ago, but now you can buy DIY kits online or from the pages of Delicious. On a bed of spelt with braised endive and blood orange sauce, it was an excellent, mischievious main course.
‘Lobster thermidor’ was another 1960s classic, in this case deconstructed into a large raviolo, topped with a bisque-flavoured foam and microgreens: lovely.
The deconstruction of heritage dishes continues through every course, with ‘leek and potato soup’ – blobs of starch in a consommé – to an ‘apple crumble’ that was a corral of fried doughnut batter balls.
The cooking at One Blenheim Terrace is fun and of a high standard – but the catch is that you pay the price, with most main courses in the £15-25 range, and some starters just under a tenner.
Dinner for two here will easily top £100, which may explain why most of our fellow diners were old enough to remember the fashion for profiteroles or wellingtons (meat baked in pastry, not the waterproof boots) the first time around.
One Blenheim Terrace 1 Blenheim Terrace
- Venue phone:
020 7372 1722
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- Opening hours:
Open 6.30-10pm Tue; noon-3pm, 6.30-10pm Wed-Sat; noon-3pm Sun
Tube: St John's Wood tube
Meal for two with drinks and service: around £100
One Blenheim Terrace
- 1 Blenheim Terrace
- 020 7372 1722
- 1 Blenheim Terrace
- One Blenheim Terrace
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My friend and I went to no1 blenheim terrace with a groupon voucher for the 10 course tasting menu not knowing what to expect. Were we surprised, every tasting course was amazing we had things we have never tried before, there was one course my friend could not eat because she was allergic and it was no trouble to change it for something else. Service was very good just the right amount of time between each course and glasses filled when needed to be. We will definitely return and would reccommend to friends. A geat night.
What a disappointment. Food did not live up to expectations, would not visit again. Poor service too.
Nice staff but our food took ages to arrive. I had a fish medley started - the langoustine was so dry it seemed to gave been microwaved, the scampi was tasteless, the shredded crab ok but the cone it came seemed old, and the seaweed sand was bizarre. For mains I had a beef burger topped with foie gras on an onion and potato base which was good. Dessert was an absolutely dreadful panna cotta that had a lard-like consistency and no flavour and was topped by an equally tasteless jelly. My wife's options were apparently equally disappointing. Try Beluga across the road - much less fancy, much better food
Absolutely fantastic meal out there. The service was superb and very personal. The head waiter explained each course to us in detail and was very personable but not intrusive. Food was superb, intriguing and at times simply bemusing as to how such a feat was achieved! In fact, the pre-desert amazed us so much we were offered a 2nd serving! Am booking again to go back with a group of people for 2 significant birthdays. Well worth every penny - not at all pretentious despite the standard of the food and the service. Go there as soon as you can.
Had a wonderful birthday lunch here. The food was out of this world .... I had mussels and chips which were the best ever. Delicious desert and on my elegant fruit salad and raspberry sorbet plate were the words "Happy Birthday" which the chef had written in chocolate. The attentive waiter gave me and my three friends a glass of champagne each on the house .... I can't wait to go again.
Brilliant, simply brilliant. Love the food, been a couple of times, and we're determind to eat our way through the rest of the menu.
I recently visited this restaurant and the food was superb. It was genius, not just clever and creative, every course was delicious. The restaurant is decorated in warm colours and is inviting and the staff were very attentive and knowledgable. A real bonus for St. John's Wood. Well worth a visit and I can't wait to go back.