Restaurants, Italian South Kensington
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Paul Winch-Furness

Daphne's closed because of a fire in February 2014, but reopened in June 2014. The review below refers to Daphne's before the refurb. Time Out Editors

Service here is a strong point, honed by years of attending to the well-heeled regulars, who knock back watermelon daiquiris and bottles of Bolly. Get a table in the overstated faux-Tuscan dining room instead and you may feel like distant relatives at an Italian wedding.

Unfortunately, the food is rather pedestrian and overpriced. A two- or three-course set menu offers simple samples of it. Summer minestrone loaded with seasonal beans and vegetables had the evocative tomato flavour of cucina povera, but the base was too delicate. Caprese salad looked impressive but its tomatoes were wet and watery, and the mozzarella unequal to that served in many London competitors. Mains of chargrilled chicken breast and roast salmon were perfectly pleasant but lacked lustre or oomph – rather like Daphne’s itself really.

Still, it’s worth leaving room for the desserts: our yoghurt ice-cream with blueberries and peach crostata with elderflower ice-cream ended the meal on a reassuringly high note.



Venue name: Daphne's
Address: 112 Draycott Avenue
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: South Kensington tube
Price: Main courses £14.50-£34.50. Set meal (noon-7pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun) £18.50 2 courses, £21.50 3 courses
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Neil M

Had the set menu and was very nice and reasonably priced!

It will always be compared to the daphnes in the late 90 s when princess Diana was a regular!

Sarah R

I am very picky when it comes to eating Italian food in restaurants, but this one feels very authentic, the pasta was like it was made in my gradma's kitchen and that is the higest of compliments I can give when it comes to food.
Service is pleasent, waiters attentive but not too intrusive. Love the ambience as well.
Possibly my favourite italian restaurant, I feel like I will be coming here a lot, even alone.

Paul S

We went to Daphne's recently and found the food very good indeed. The flavours where punchy and the dishes well presented and fresh.

The service was attentive without being in your face and the overall price was what we expected.

All round a very good evening with a good atmosphere.

We shall return.