On our first night out in London, we were after something that was delicious and gave us a true feel for what the city had to offer. A few different people had recommended Dean Street Townhouse and was perfect as it was so close to our hotel. It was a Thursday evening, and were quite surprised at how busy it was, only being able to get a table at 8:30pm. When we walked in, the restaurant and bar area were both full. We did have to wait for our table to be cleared, so decided to order a few drinks at the bar while we waited.
ATMOSPHERE & SERVICE
Located in the beautiful Soho area, Dean Street offers 39 bedrooms built in 1735, plus their bustling restaurant located on the ground floor. From outside, the restaurant looks like any other, however walking through the front door, you are transported to a cosy, dimly lit dining room with a large feature bar.
Velvet sofas, red banquettes and interesting artwork fill the space, creating an old world ambiance. Since we had to wait for our table, we decided to sit at the bar, enjoy a cocktail from their impressive cocktail list and watch the team behind the bar work their magic. The service was friendly and attentive, given how busy it was.
The Dean Street Townhouse offers delicious British food from the early hours for breakfast until the late hours of the evening with an exquisite a la carte menu. Once we were seated, we ordered our second round of drinks while we looked over the menu. Freshly baked bread was presented to the table with a creamy butter which held over our hungry stomachs until our entrees arrived.
To start we ordered the ‘Steak Tartare’ with toast, a golden egg yolk and horseradish. The flavours were wonderful, the bread nice and crispy and just the right amount of seasoning on the steak. Would have just liked a few more pieces of bread to enjoy with the tartare, otherwise, delicious.
Next up was the ‘Heritage Beetroot’ with goats cheese and pine nuts. It’s taken me a while to understand the taste of beetroot, however this was such a fantastic dish. The beetroot was done in several different ways (pickled, roasted, raw) to bring out so many wonderful flavours. Paired with the goat’s cheese and the pine nuts, this created a sweet element that brought the dish together.
For mains MC ordered the ‘Rib Eye Steak’ with chips and bearnaise sauce. The steak was cooked to perfect, and the herbs in the bearnaise sauce brought a divine flavour to the steak.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of my main meal (must have been too delicious for me to wait to take a photo!). Overall we had a wonderful meal at Dean Street Townhouse. The food was excellent, the service friendly and the atmosphere was lively for a Thursday evening.