Time Out says
A Soho icon, now a French brasserie owned by the Soho House Group.
Once the champagne-quaffing ground of Oscar Wilde and his young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, Kettner’s Townhouse is now a chintzy hotel brasserie. It’s cosy, and has a handy £20 set menu – but overall, this feels like a pretty unglamorous transformation for a Soho icon originally opened by Napoleon’s chef.
Refurbished by the Soho House Group, who are usually A+ at interior design, the dining room looks a bit like someone’s aunt has been let loose with the brocade. There’s also a live piano player, who on my visit spontaneously performed a stuttering rendition of Shaggy’s ‘It Wasn’t Me’. It was a shameful low point.
Food-wise, there was a succulent vegan dish of hispi cabbage, served with lentils and tart sauce verte. Devon crab was delicate, if overwhelmed by strange blobs of apple jam, and they brought really nice brioche rolls at the beginning of the meal. But everything else was a disappointment. Steak tartare came, inexplicably, with literally hundreds of capers in it. And the signature Kettner’s Omelette was so over-salted it was actually inedible.
This is a historic townhouse in the best area in London – right now it’s being wasted. Here’s hoping someone turns it back into a hotbed of illicit desire.
29 Romilly Street
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Users say (20)
Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
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This place is great for a treat with the girls or a lovely lunch when in town. I have had afternoon tea and lunch - both great value and quality. Kettners is timeless and I am sure I will find many more excuses to attend be it a quick lunch, a 40th or a lovelt treat.
Awful place. We hired a private dining room and received perhaps the worst service ever. The highlight was the serving of champagne: she poured too few glasses (easy done) but then proceeded to decant a bit from everyone's glass into mine! There was a number of similarly appalling episodes: which will form the memory of the evening after actually quite un-memorable food. I've been a number of times before, but never again.
Had Sunday Lunch with my mother last weekend. She used to frequent Kettner's in the past, but has not been for about 10 years. We were both impressed with all aspects of the restaurant. We asked about the events rooms, just to be be nosey, and were given a tour of the private rooms upstairs, which also looked wonderful. Looks like we may be back, if not for sunday lunch, but for her next birthday in one of the private dining rooms.
A group of us went to Kettners yesterday for Sunday Lunch, and ate off the set menu, which one must say is fantastic value. The food was very good, as was the service. The brasserie had a great atmosphere helped by the fact it was almost full, perhaps a pianist may be good or some form of live entertainment. Will be back!!
Love this place. Delicious dishes, superb staff and fabulous furnishings! Would be happy to dine here every evening and can't wait for the next time!
Went with Daughter to Kettners for Pre- Theatre Meal. Very friendly and efficient Staff with excellent Food and reasonably priced. Thoroughly enjoyable start to the evening at the Theatre. Will definitely go there again. Excellent.!!!
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