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One of London’s most famous hotels and fusion restaurants in the 1990’s, the Anouska Hempel designed Blakes recently underwent a transformation. Nestled deep in the heart of South Kensington, Blakes is everything you would expect from a restaurant in one of London’s most expensive postcodes: luxurious décor that plays to the old money crowd and classic dishes that have been brought up to date. The restaurant is decked out in a black and gold theme right down to the scatter cushions, making it clear that Blakes is selling ostentatious luxury, but it does it well.  The crab salad starter was zesty and light. For mains, there is coconut and saffron curry, which replaced meat and rice with black quinoa and steamed vegetables to delicious effect. To finish, there is an aromatic green tea and vanilla mille feuille, followed up with miniature biscuits. The drinks menu has plenty to choose from, including a great range of cocktails, as well as some non-alcoholic ones for diners with an early start or a drive home. Like your dinner with some entertainment? Every Thursday, there's the option to enjoy your food while listening to some fantastic live jazz in the hotel's basement lounge, Blakes Below. While prices aren’t outrageous at Blakes, they certainly aren’t cheap – yet, with extremely friendly staff and high quality dishes, the expense is worth it. 

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Blakes

33 Roland Gardens ,London SW7 3PF

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Nov 2016

Appalling, over-rated, over-priced and the staff are simply rude and pretentious. Just a horrible evening. Decor looks OK in the photos but really doesn't cut it in reality. Just take the plates, I know maybe a minor point, but they are cheap IKEA style white and very ordinary. Bad sign. Service is sporadic - they don't notice that you need a knife, they don't bring the water that you ordered unless you ask again (that is so long as you can get the attention of the staff). But they...

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rob z.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Blakes

33 Roland Gardens ,London SW7 3PF

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Dec 2011

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By far the WORST dining experience of my short life. Just awful. I booked Blakes after someone I had met at a party raved about it. I very soon realized that this person must have NO taste and NO experience of adequate customer service. We arrived to be greeted by an uninterested waiter who took a minute or two to finish up a personal call before ‘greeting’ my family and I with barely any eye contact and no sign of a smile. He had no idea that we were coming for a late lunch. Even after I had made...

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Margarita G.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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Blakes

33 Roland Gardens ,London SW7 3PF

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Jul 2011

Had dinner here recently based on the recommendation of a friend who lives locally and advised that this was a hidden gem – and they were right! It's down the stairs in the lobby of the hotel and is this real treasure of a restaurant. We had a couple of martinis in the bar which were amazing – can highly recommend – and then went through for dinner. The service was attentive but not in your face and they helped me choose a main course when I was a bit overwhelmed by choice as there were about 4 things...

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Pete W.'s rating

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

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Blakes

33 Roland Gardens ,London SW7 3PF

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Jan 2010

This discrete, subterranean pad is a lesser-known gem, bedded in the heart of London’s well-heeled South Ken. The cosy restaurant carries the air of a private members club, typified by the steady stream of regular punters colloquially welcomed in by staff. The curios deco – an ad hoc mosaic of South East Asian, European and Colonial influences – balance sophistication with a homely warmth. The staff are cordial and reasonably engaging; the good service could be made excellent if the waiting staff...

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Wes S.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 9

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