NOTE: Early in 2015 it was announced that Soho Estates and Soho House plan to redevelop Kettner's with a public restaurant, champagne bar and 28 new bedrooms. This review was written before those plans were announced.
A Georgian-chic champagne bar with a restaurant next door that’s buzzing every night of the week, Kettner’s is a safe bet in Soho. The cocktail bar has lavish velvet curtains, plush seating and low-lit alcoves filled with the tinkle of laughter and champagne flutes, while the restaurant suits groups who want a bit of glamour and history (Oscar Wilde dined here), but don’t necessarily crave too many surprises on the menu.
Large windows and distressed white woodwork create a relaxed and upmarket feel, but the tables are close together and soft electro music keeps a modern edge. You get what you expect from a quality brasserie: steak cooked perfectly, chips triple fried, service a little flirty, and there’s always crème brûlée on the menu. A buffalo mozzarella starter came with a dense confit of tomatoes and deliciously sharp basil dressing, and this lightness was carried through to the salmon and prawn fish cakes served with buttery poached egg for mains.
Potato gratin was a little dry, but you could forgive the kitchen once you tasted the rich and cheddary cauliflower cheese. Mango and passion-fruit pavlova was, much like the rest of the meal, very well executed if a little predictable.
29 Romilly Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Wed; noon-11.15pm Thur-Fri; 11.30am-11.15pm Sat, 11.30-10pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Leicester Square or Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||Main courses £13.50-£36.00. Pre & Post Theatre £21.50 2 courses, £24.50 3 courses. Champagne Afternoon Tea £39.50. Sunday Roast £17.50.|
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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.!!!