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Whisper it quietly, but somewhere special has opened at – of all places – Putney Wharf. The brainchild of Uttam Tripathy, of Hammersmith’s Potli, and former Brasserie Chavot sous chef Durga Misra, don’t be fooled by the Indian owners – Bistro Vadouvan deals in classic French dishes masterfully elevated with Middle-Eastern and Asian spice. The room gives nothing away – electric blue banquettes, a big open kitchen and quarry-tile flooring are welcoming yet unspectacular. However, from the first dish, we sat up and paid attention. Our steak tartare ranked among the most original we’ve ever had – adroitly seasoned chopped steak with diced spring onion and pickled chilli, layered on soft slivers of aubergine and topped with crunchy sliced almonds. Alongside it, a chunky bowl of ceviche with avocado – we gulped down the chilli-spiked citrus dressing with a spoon. Misra’s Michelin background is evident - witness a main of soft brill with prawn ravioli, sat in an unami-packed coconut broth. It is a dish that would befit a central London fine-diner – undoubtedly at a £10 surcharge on Vadouvan’s locals-friendly pricing. For dessert, a perfect floating island with candied nuts and caramel sauce. An equally accomplished brunch offering and al-fresco tables astride the river complete a tremendous package.

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Bistro Vadouvan

Bistro Vadouvan

30 Brewhouse Lane ,London SW15 2JX

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Jul 2017

A wonderful lunch for 6 of us on a very wet day. Every dish was delicious, the service was charming and efficient and it was extremely good value. Easily the best restaurant in Putney and it deserves to succeed. We shall return and shall recommend it wholeheartedly to all our friends.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 10

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