Bistro Vadouvan 22

30 Brewhouse Lane , London, SW15 2JX

020 3475 3776

Visit Bistro Vadouvan

2 reviews

32.5 French Putney Roehampton

  • Bistro Vadouvan
  • Bistro Vadouvan
  • Bistro Vadouvan
  • Bistro Vadouvan
  • Bistro Vadouvan
  • Bistro Vadouvan

Offers available

SquareMeal Review of Bistro Vadouvan

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.

Image credit: Jane Nina Sarkhel

Special offers

2/3 Set Course Lunch Set Menu: £15/£18

From: 18 October 2017

To: 05 December 2017

Max: 12

Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Wednesday: Half price champagne

From: 18 October 2017

To: 05 December 2017

Max: 12

Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Are you the restaurant owner?

Click here for Links & Logos

10.0

Food & Drink: 10.0

Service: 10.0

Atmosphere: 5.0

Value: 10.0

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 2.0

Value: 5.0

Tom G. 15 October 2017

I very rarely write reviews, despite having dined at pretty much every top restaurant in London, as my general opinion is that there's no point re-iterating what everyone else has already said. In this case, however, I feel I must make an exception. My wife and I went here when our plans got cancelled last minute, as it's just down the road and amazingly, I thought at the time, they had a table for 2 at 8pm on a Saturday. Everything about the place was brilliant; delicious food (the steak tartare with smoked aubergine is one of the best starters I've had this year), great wine, friendly and attentive service and amazing value for money. The only thing we didn't like was how empty it was. Despite it being Saturday night, the place was less than 25% full. I understand that the location is not the best, at the bottom of an ugly, modern block of flats, sandwiched between a ghastly Wetherspoons and a Carluccio's, but with high street rents being so high these days, this is, unfortunately, what small, independent restaurants have to do and, once inside, you really don't notice. Also, there is absolutely no competition nearby. Putney is a restaurant desert, with nothing else decent for miles around. The nearest cooking of this quality is in Fulham, at either the Harwood Arms or River Cafe and both of those are about twice the price. Whilst I love the idea that I can get a last minute table at a great local restaurant, I fear that if more people don't discover this hidden gem, it won't be around for long. So, people of South-West London, I implore you to visit Vadouvan and rejoice in the fact that finally Putney has somewhere worth dining.

Food & Drink: 5.0

Service: 5.0

Atmosphere: 3.0

Value: 5.0

Chris C. 30 July 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.

 1  
Special offers

2/3 Set Course Lunch Set Menu: £15/£18

From: 18 October 2017

To: 05 December 2017

Max: 12

Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Wednesday: Half price champagne

From: 18 October 2017

To: 05 December 2017

Max: 12

Maximum of 12 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.