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|Address:||69-71 Dean Street, London W1D 3SE|
|Tel:||020 7434 1775|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £47.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 7am-12M (Sat 8am- ) Sun 8am-11pm|
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Ping ! An email from Caprice Holdings announcing the opening of Nick Jones's latest venture Dean Street Townhouse and that there was a soft opening with 50% off the food bill. An offer to hard to resist so I booked a table for 3 people for a the first Thursday night it was open at 9pm. I understand that with the discount applied this review may not be the same as a review whereby I paid the full price but anyway here goes.
Located on Dean Street in Soho, the name kind of gives it away, it is hard to think why I have never noticed the building Dean Street Townhouse is now housed in. I believe it was once a pub. For some reason, I am not too sure why, I presumed the place would be fairly quiet as it was the ‘soft opening’ week. I could not have been any more wrong. Upon entering the restaurant the buzz of London on Thursday night hit you and it is the sort of buzz that really makes you appreciate being able to eat out at venues such as this.
We were politely informed by a friendly receptionist that the table wasn't ready and to please grab a drink at the bar. Not a problem, for two reasons. Firstly, not fair to complain when you are receiving 50% off the bill and secondly, the bar is so inviting that you almost feel you should have a drink even if your table was ready. There were a number of familiar faces from the restaurant scene scattered around the tables, including Fergus Henderson tucking in to the dishes available on the British menu.
As Mr Jones described the restaurant himself, the decor is Granny Chic. A kind of The Ivy stroke The Wolseley love child dressed in Laura Ashley. It works very well. Food is British and is similar to that of Mark Hix's new place Hix. We started with a few starters to share. Some Oysters, which were served just as they should be on some ice with some shallot vinegarette and tabasco sauce on the side. A large homemade Scotch Egg brought on a brown chopping board with a side of tartare sauce was good homemade grub. Finally, a superd dish of foie grois, black pudding and quince jelly, which I thought worked well despit the complex rich flavours present.
To follow, another great few british dishes. Cod and chips, steak and chips and game pie. The chips, a good tester of any restaurant, were not too greasy and were well seasoned. Simple, homemade food done well. OK – this is not the greatest food in London or the Nick Jones empire but the concept works. Easy food, at reasonable prices even without the 50% off, and house wine starting at £17 a bottle really makes it a place worth going to. And if you eat and drink too much and cant face joining the masses back out on the streets of Soho, one can stumble upstairs to the hotel where ‘tiny’ rooms start at £95 for the night.
Is there any stopping Nick Jones?