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Heddon Street Kitchen

Restaurants, Contemporary European Mayfair
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The latest big and bustling venture from Gordon Ramsay Holdings offers a culinary experience that can't be accused of being cutting edge.

This latest venture from Gordon Ramsay Holdings is a big and bustling place, similar to their Bread Street Kitchen in The City. The staff are cheerful, the hubbub isn’t too loud, the menu offers something for everyone. So why were we left feeling underwhelmed by the experience?

The room is attractive in a bare-ducts-and-banquette way. The dishes straddle the Atlantic and beyond. Fried Pacific oysters are served in their shells, but balanced on a base of ‘confit’ lemon, fennel and a drizzle of lemon oil. Nicely presented, but a bit heavy-handed on the lemon, which overpowered any other flavours. Hamachi (yellowtail) was similar: the delicate aroma and flavour of the raw fish and seaweed garnish were annihilated by a pungent candied pecan topping.

The main courses were much better, possibly because they were simpler and relied on good ingredients and precise cooking rather than flavour bombs. An English rose-veal chop was of excellent quality, and perfectly grilled. Mutton and potato pie was comfort food, helped along by a high butter content. A bone-marrow sauce was perhaps a little jammy, but other details were good, such as a side dish of nutty brussels sprouts flavoured with bacon lardons.

The wine list has lots of enticing options but few bargains; the cocktails are expertly conceived and crafted – as they should be at well over a tenner each.

With many things to recommend it, why were we not wowed? Mainly because our bill came in on the far side of £120, and the best-rendered dishes were also the least adventurous ones. At this sort of price level, there are plenty of more interesting alternatives.

Gordon Ramsay restaurants seem to have gone from being at the cutting edge (remember Maze in its heyday?), to being the culinary equivalent of listening to BBC Radio 2 – reassuringly familiar, but no innovation to be found.

 

Heddon Street Kitchen says
Located just off Regent Street, Heddon Street Kitchen is a stylish space spread over two floors, that brings a mix of vintage and modern with its beautiful buttery leathers, machismo woods and shimmering steel.

By: Guy Dimond

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Address: 3-9 Heddon Street
London
W1B 4BN
Transport: Tube: Oxford Circus
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £120.
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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4 / 5

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tastemaker

When I think Gordon Ramsey, I think expensive. Luckily the beautifully cosy Heddon St kitchen is not only affordable but also showcases Ramsey's ability to make simple food very very well. The decor is stripped back with rich dark woods, leather booths and exposed pipes on the roof. The menu focuses on classic meat and fish options. The servings are generous but beautifully presented with really punchy flavours which will leave you licking the plate. The staff are absolutely lovely and make you feel very welcome. 

Tastemaker

Tucked in lovely Heddon Street just off Regent's Street, this is yet another one of Gordon's Ramsey ventures into affordable dining. With a contemporary, almost a little industrial decor, the place is friendly and has lovely tables out on the street for when the sun decides to grace London. The menu is heavy on the grill meats and fish options, adding a burger or a salad here and there. All nicely done, specially the steaks that are well made and come with tasty and good looking sides. The burger is a bit forgetful, but I can vouch for the cod dish: a concoction of light fish, capers, crushed potatoes, brown shrimp and brown butter that made for a plate that was tastier than good looking. The experience tends to be a bit rushed on busy times, and the prices are not the cheapest around. But Gordon, although not the chef here or in any of his restaurants, knows the formula to make for an overall pleasant experience. Sign up for their newsletter for deals and special menus!

tastemaker

Went to Heddon Street Kitchen yesterday evening with the Timeout offer for a 3-course meal and a cocktail for £25 and it didn't disappoint! The food was perfect (do try the incredible beef shoulder and the pork croquettes), service was great and the atmosphere of the restaurant is both stylish and relaxing. Perfect place to celebrate a special occasion on a budget, I'll definitely come back!

tastemaker

This is a great place if you want to have a great steak, burger, duck or chicken meal.  I think the portions are a decent size and the food is very good value for money.  The cocktails are also very lush even the milkshakes heavy, thick and delicious but they can feel you up so be warned.


The atmosphere in the restaurant is always buzzing, service great and love seeing the chefs cooking in the kitchen area.


For a similar style place not in the bustling West End but near St Pauls Cathedral is Gordan's Bread Street Kitchen which I also highly recommend.


Had a lunch here and overall wasn't impressed. Decor wise it's one of those restaurants that skews toward the nightclub environment - quite dark with hi tempo music in the background. That's not to my personal taste for a Weds lunch but I get that some people will like that and it's not that the place isn't impressive. However, my biggest gripe was with the main..I had a macaroni cheese and brisket beef..the macaroni cheese sauce was runny and oily and the pasta was poorly cooked with the texture similar to that of the dried pasta in a packet. I appreciate this dish is always going to be rich but this was just too sweet for my liking. It was more like a Macaroni and sweet chutney sauce. On a positive note the crispy egg and soldiers for starter was delicious although, again, very rich and the Bloody Mary and service was excellent. The main just wasn't good enough to warrant the pricing in my book and give this a good review.

Staff Writertastemaker

Stopped by for a weekday lunch and was really impressed with the quick service meaning we could get back to the office in good time (but without being rushed). It was also a nice atmosphere in there and lots of space between tables so easy to talk across a large table.


There is a massive menu and our table ordered a mix of salads and items from the grill all were cooked tasty. I had the pailiad chicken with choitzo which I highly recommend, quite light and perfect for lunch. 


Design wise its very similar to bread street kitchen but seemed much more relaxed and mixed crowd on my visit.

Tastemaker

Heddon Street Kitchen is another example of the genius of Gordon Ramsay. The staff are attentive and friendly. Food is impeccable and affordable, considering the prime location. It is a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of oxford street. The tucked away location means you get some peace before you go back out on those hectic streets! 3 times in the same week is testament to how much I endorse this place! This is turning out to be my new local... 

Tastemaker

Went for a timeout offer lunch to Heddon Street Kitchen and I wasn't disappointed. the offer included three courses with a cocktail. The service was fantastic, I am not drinking at the mo and they were very sweet about giving me a non alcoholic version. My starter and main were both tasty but my dessert was insane delicious. I had the pineapple and melon carpaccio with passionfruit served with coconut sorbet, it was so good it was worth going back to Heddon Street just for that dessert. 

The man on the next table had a burger which looked great. 

There was a lot of business meetings going on and given its location thats not surprising. That said it did't detract from the atmosphere of the place or the experience as a whole. 


Tastemaker

Popped into Heddon Street Kitchen on spec after a lovely stroll down Regent Street gathering freebies & pampering as part of Vogue loves Regent Street.

They were offering a platter & cocktail for £15. We were seated at the bar - with our freshly manicured nails & massaged hands. The platter was described as chef's choice & there was only 1 cocktail as part of the offer, though they did accommodate my non drinking friend with a mock tail.

The vodka, sake & lemongrass cocktail with a rose petal floating in it was delicious. The platter turned out to be really gorgeous tuna tartare, some uninspiring beef carpaccio & 2 v nice snow crab maki - with all the bits!

Platter was small & perfectly balanced/formed for a quick but substantial snack. Service was friendly & unintrusive.

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Tastemaker

A nice setting for Sunday lunch. But the food was not up to expectations for a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. The bread was very hard. The salmon starter was bland. The slow braised beef was very soft, but had a sour after taste to it. The Oreo milkshake was amazing and probably the only thing I would recommend from what I ate today.

Staff Writer

We had a good diner experience. Like all Gordon Ramsay’s places we’ve been to, the staff service was very well tuned. Food was good (we had a special offer menu rather than ordering from the main menu), very satisfactory and with special attention dedicated to each dish which made the meal all the better for it.

The only I struggled with, like I would in any other restaurant that have it, it the fairly loud music in the background. I personally prefer no music so that the general noise level in the room is a lot lower and conversations can be held more at ease.

All in all very good however.


Fantastic place, great atmosphere. Food is excellent, lots of variety in the menu and the flavours were incredible. I would highly recommend the honey carrots and especially the banana & maple syrup upside down cake!


It's the service that wins the day here though: all the way from the front desk to the bill we were treated like royalty and nothing was too much trouble, the staff and the managers made it a very enjoyable evening. You get exactly what you pay for, and we will definitely be going back.

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