Kitted out by motorcycle-influenced furniture designer Tom Dixon and with a kitchen manned by River Café graduate Stevie Parle, Dock Kitchen has impeccable credentials. The handsome site shoulders up to the Union Canal, with a broad terrace overlooking a small dock that’s ideal for sunny days. The cooking concept – from a lively open kitchen full of unreasonably good-looking staff – is a flexible, seasonal, creative à la carte and a themed set dinner (which changes every couple of weeks). The former reads badly, mixing bistro classics, Middle Eastern, Asian and European dishes, and the welcome zaatar-laced flatbread is no lead-in to lamb biriani or asparagus with chopped egg. So we went for the themed (Mexican) menu, which had enough verve to make us consider coming back to try the à la carte. Mini tacos with rich ox tongue and cheek were intense, moreish bites – only a version with bream and a curiously chewy taco fell flat. Next, a creamy, crunchy, stuffed and fried courgette flower with a piquant salad, and an impressive platter of pork, beef and chorizo from the grill. To finish, chocolate and tequila ice-cream with cinnamon-dusted churros was a real star. Staff are relaxed and competent, and the whole thing has just about enough panache to justify the ambitious pricing.
|Venue name:||Dock Kitchen||Contact:|
342-344 Ladbroke Grove
|Opening hours:||Bar Open 5.30pm-midnight, snacks served 5.30-10pm Mon-Sat. Main courses £3-£4. Restaurant Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-3.30pm Sun. Dinner served 7-9.30pm Mon-Sat|
|Transport:||Tube: Ladbroke Grove tube then bus 52, 70 or 452|
|Price:||Main courses £17.50-£26. Set lunch £10 1 course. Set dinner £35 3 courses|
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Absolute style over substance! We had such high hopes (being locals and Tom Dixon fans). We grew even more excited when we arrived at a beautifully designed space. The staff were very welcoming and friendly...
Unfortunately this is where it went down hill. I'm afraid the meal was terrible - i had the winter mezze platter (which looked and tasted like dinner lady slop on a plate) and my boyfriend had cold lamb with undercooked potatoes. I was thoroughly disappointed. The final nail in the coffin was the hefty and very undeserving bill. We will not be going back!
The stars as are for the decor and the building really, as those are great!. Even though the food is tasty the portions and the price is appalling, so as the presentation . I went with high expectations after watching the Spice Trip program and cooking some of the recipes myself. Our starter didn't even have any meat in , and mains were again overpriced, for what they were. Also I bought the book for £20 only to find that Amazon sell it for £5 :(
We have been to The Dock Kitchen many times as we live in the area, and have always had a delicious meal. The highlights are definitely chicken livers starter and the lamb biriyani main. We have never had a problem with the service, it is always friendly and warm. And the maitre d' has always been very nice. The reason for the four stars though, is that it is quite expensive, however the food and atmosphere make up for it.
Somewhat pricey but we had a good meal here on a sat night. I started with some spicy chicken livers and went on with a curry. Very nice. Warm service. I'd go back.
This place has great atmosphere, good but overpriced food, warm and courteous service, and a rude and obnoxious maître d.
I met an old mate for lunch at The Dock Kitchen, my girlfriend's suggestion. Lovely Terrace by the Grand Union. Gorgeous sunny saturday. Booked a table. No one greeted us as we arrived, so we sat at an empty table. Waited quite a while before we were noticed. I wasn't very hungry, so was looking to be delighted by delicious starter. Ordered carpaccio of sea bass, the most expensive starter at £9.50. My friend ordered the rabbit main. When our food finally arrived, my friend's rabbit was fine, but my starter was a mere whisper on the plate. Nice, but tiny. We waited, and waited for the desert menu. Then waited and waited for someone to take our order. Finally gave up, got bill, and removed to the Chamberlayne up the road, who provided a prompt and friendly sticky toffee pudding and cheese platter with a couple of pints.