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Dean Street Townhouse
69-71 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 4QJ
- Tottenham Court Road Tube Station (0.4 km)
- Leicester Square Station (0.4 km)
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020 7434 1775
5-6 Pleander Street, Soho, London NW1 0JT
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The breakfast menu was extensive and the food was well prepared and delicious there was a great choice for breakfast and special requests were met with willingness.
this was a great start to our xmas week and we will certainly return, its just such a shame the surroundings to the restaurant are not as lovely as the Townhouse itself.
Possibly my favourite place for brunch (the fact it’s a stroll from home is a plus but I’d travels miles for this). Service, food, surroundings absolutely perfect way to start a Sunday – or any day. Definitely the best Kedgeree I've had since I was a girl and the Bucks Fizz was the perfect mix of freshly squeezed juice and bubbly. If I could justify it I’d have brunch here every day! Great place to take your most special friends for a treat. I was very pleasantly surprised at the prices - not budget but definitely not expensive either and worth much more than every penny spent! Go, you will absolutely love its stylish surroundings , great location and slightly decadent feel.
Front of house, they are great. Easy to book, feel a million dollars being shown to your table, the food is awesome but for some reason I am always a bit put off by the waiting staff.
Also they have that thing I see quite a lot where after about 10,30 it's really hard to get anyone's attention. Both times recently I have waited a while (over 20 minutes) to get the bill. I suppose this is just peak hours, however given where it is and what is does (plus what it charges) you would imagine that this would be ironed out.
But anyway, great for a power lunch or fun evening, but not if you are in a massive hurry...
Our favourite restaurant from our Annual December Winter Holiday Glutton-fest.
Have to agree with previous reviews on …
The Cons: Pricing. No special lunch menu? Sure, I still go for lunch, but it does irk me that I’m paying dinner prices when other restaurants offer better value-for-money. I hate paying high £20s for a main ex-sides, and a mediocre main at that. Speaking of sides, at £4 a pop, one expects slightly larger portions or at least more than a small handful of roasted veg. Also, the food, whilst solid and consistent, is never divinely delicious, such as to inspire cravings as to any particular item.
Still, I go back, and it’s for…
The Pros: Perfect balance of tastefully worn dark wood bachelor decor. Cowshed toiletries in the loos. Beautiful touches, especially over the Christmas period. Excellent martinis, and consistent entertaining service. Never been served by a waiter who was less than absolutely charming.
I had despaired of ever finding good avocados in London and then I had breakfast at Dean Street Townhouse.
Perfectly ripe, served on sourdough toast with a poached egg. (£6.)
This is a great spot to go if you’re having meetings in town
indeed most of the tables around us were media types talking shop as the service is extremely efficient, the coffee certainly beats chain coffee and the tables are large enough to flip open your laptop. (Granted that last point won’t appeal to everyone but it’s always something I look for in a meeting venue after having spilled one too many sugar pots with the corner of my stupid computer.)
I’ll certainly be back here for work reasons and, if I’m completely honest, those avocados on toast will likely bring me back for a weekend brunch, too.
I have to say that I use DST a lot when I’m in Soho for meetings. I don’t mind paying a little over the odds for what, in my experience, has been excellent food and service. Definitely a Soho treasure!
In the vein of true constructive criticism, I will start with the good points about DST. Firstly the location, its smack in the middle of Soho, always a good start. Secondly the decor, very warm, refined and elegant. It makes one feel quite gentrified to dress the part and mosey in for a snifter or two, wot wot. Thirdly the menu selection. There is a wide variety and most palettes are catered for. They have thought about every time of the day, in the style of a five star English hotel which is almost what DST appears to be. Cocktails are fairly inventive, well executed and about right price wise. Finally the wine list seems pretty well chosen and it is good to see a broad representation, although could perhaps do with more from the new world, especially S. America. I think that about says it all on the positive front.
Now for the criticisms he says, lip licking with glee.
The food is not brilliantly executed, in spite of there being a lot of it on offer. Perhaps that is the issue, they have concentrated more on quantity than quality. Sure, they may not be gunning for a Michelin star but if you charge top sterling you should deliver accordingly. Basically the menu in my experience doesn't taste as well as it reads.
Secondly, the service is slapdash at times, in spite of the fact they seem to have a ratio of three waiters to one guest during quieter periods! The rota could do with a little trim here and there for sure. I for one don't enjoy having agitated staff desperately trying to look busy all up in my grill or even on the periphery of vision, when I'm trying to relax or work.
Finally the prices. I'm no big gun when it comes to bucks but seriously, considering they then add service to the tab even if you're sat at the bar.... that's just greedy.
Its a lovely overpriced venue, the staff are pretty attentive although quite starchy, food is fair to middling and atmosphere is pretty good at weekends. A little room for improvement but not bad overall.
Out on a Saturday night not really sure what to expect from a drink in crowded Soho and already clear I was not going to stand on the street and wanted to sit down. Walked in to this place, two free seats at the bar - superb. Bar wiped and olives and nuts produced before we even got the the drinks menu. Beautiful facilities and ambience. Uncrowded as just behind the bar seats was a walkway and the dining area so people could not mill around inside.
Ordered champagne coctails, I must be a philistine because it just tasted like champagne with a dash of whiskey. Which on refelection is probably what it said on the menu but I expected something exotic for £11 a flue. I don't drink champagne in bars normally so this might be the norm. Price on menu seemed exclusive of VAT so the bill was even higher.
Then we ordered a bottle Chenin Blanc or Pinot Grigio, or somethng like that, This came to about £24 ex vat. The barman let us sample about 4 wines before deciding so all good. Was a bit disconcerted that the barman kept the bottle behind the bar so just topped us up as and when. Am much more about an ice bucket and serving myself, again it might not be the done thing to serve ones self in these places. He was great to talk to. Probably the best service I have experienced in London. Reminded me a bit of 5* in Switzerland.
It felt somewhat expensive for a pub/wine bar type of guy like me but this was balanced by great service and lovely uncrowded surroundings. Would go there again if I had anything special going on.
I found the service attentive and courteous- very cosmopolitan- and the ambiance buzzy and cool. Really interesting, English, menu and some good cocktails. Try the English Mojito; mine was prepared with great care and style and wad genuinely good.
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For me, the dean street townhouse was fantastic; great food, wine and service. I had read the bad reviews, and i totally disagree with them, it was fun and lively, the food was interesting and tasty, and the service couldn't have been better. Nice one
It's probably more than 20 years since i have been and eaten somewhere so up itself. At lunch today it was heaving with poor sad souls who clearly need to be needed. I had booked a table 3 weeks ago and when I called to book I had asked for a table at 12.30-12.45, the French woman on the phone, so full of hauteur it wasnt true, offered me noon or 1.30. Finally after much negotiation and me saying for goodness sake its three weeks away you cant be full offered me 12.45 (original request). I should have cancelled then and there as this experience had left me with a sense of foreboding. Today on arrival, my guest already there had been seated in Siberia (aka side room adjacent to main room) which was like a yuppies creche so full was it of screeching children belonging to residents of the hotel rooms above. Do you need a password on booking to be given a seat in the main dining room? They clearly even three weeks advance of booking try and keep the 12.30-1.30 slot for their chums. But here is the thing that sums up the whole place (and I could indeed write an essay on this pretentious gaff) I asked the waitress if they had a sommelier. Is that red or white she said? I repeated the question slowly since her English was very poor and i thought she might have misheard, to which she then said did i want a sweet or dry white wine? In god's name what poor excuse of a joke is this place? It's a club for Soho ingratiates. As someone who eats out regularly for both professional reasons and for pleasure and count a number of leading chefs as friends I dont think I have ever come across such a shambolic mess. Salt beef was as tough as old boots.
Typical of what London has become.
When I used to dine here in the 1960s it was old hotel dining rooms; fine china; good silver; linens....abundant, amazing food....served beautifully....and dirt cheap.
Now it`s hideous decor, hateful food and more hateful prices.
OK I wasn`t paying....but still, how do they get away with it?
Lunch at the `Dean Street Townhouse`....the noise (I don`t mean chat)...staff dropping plates...bustling about...deafening...
No butter dish.
Lousy grub..I plumped for lobster salad at £25 per.
The portion was meager. Sort of like a side salad, I`d say.
The service was awful. Didn`t even toss the salad at the table....brought it already tossed. Didn`t even ask if you wanted ground peppercorns...
I mean, makes American standardisation look great.
Buzzy, funky decor and crowd, warm greeting, very very soho! Classic. British menu, somewhere i already want to come bqck to for working lunches or dinners with friends. The way London brasseries should be!
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The Dean Street Townhouse is a new boutique hotel and dining room from the Soho House Group. The restaurant service classic British cuisine from first thing in the morning until the early hours and already feels like a Soho institution.
A warm, rich decor didn't make up for what was an average meal.
The asparagus was bland, served hot with hollandaise sauce. The sea trout main was well-cooked and the highlight but the sides weren't up to much.
The fish and chips were fairly standard and weren't served with lemon.
The wine wasn't cool enough so we had to suggest keeping it in the ice bucket for longer.
I'll go again in winter and try its famous mince. But for now, not top of the recommendations list.
A lesson in classy simplicity
See the full review here http://www.grumblinggourmet.com/2010/02/dean-street-townhous e-feb-2010.html
Owned as a joint venture between Soho House Group and Caprice Holdings, it's got some of the best elements of both.
The Dean Street Townhouse looks and feels like it's been part of that scene for considerably longer than the 6 months they've been trading for.
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