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When he exploded onto the London restaurant scene in 2012, Ollie Dabbous’s minimalist re-imagining of high-end dining created shockwaves (and a six-month waiting list). Tables are now easier to come by, but Dabbous’s unstinting creativity progresses ever upward: “always new and exciting, always something unexpected”, raves one fan. While the brown bags of hazelnut sourdough and the classic coddled egg loaded with smoked butter and delicate wild mushrooms are as impressive as ever, it’s the clarity of flavours that really impresses – from a pea mousse with fresh peas and mint granita, or a segment of beef tomato in cleansing tomato water, to BBQ green beans sitting alongside pink-hued veal and a dome of salty-sour Spenwood cheese mousse. Expect the unexpected at the sweet end too – perhaps a refreshing pre-dessert of chilled verbena and cucumber, or wild blueberries and marigold shoots making their presence felt in the crumbliest, lightest lemon and elderflower tart. High rollers may feel out of their comfort zone amid the industrial chic of a concrete and dark-wood dining room, but charming service adds some warmth – although nothing can trump the “divine” food.

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Dabbous

39 Whitfield Street ,London W1T 2SF

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Not all it's cracked up to be...

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Sep 2015

Like many others, it has taken a long, long time to bag a reservation at Dabbous. In the intervening years I have immensely enjoyed fabulous meals at Restaurant Story, The Ledbury, Pollen Street Social and numerous others that can claim a similar offering of 'modern European food'. So I was looking forward to finally figuring out what all the fuss was about and, I'm disappointed to say - not all that much. As others have pointed out the room is 'industrial chic', which is a...

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Robin T.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 6

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Dabbous

39 Whitfield Street ,London W1T 2SF

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A little disappointed

by   (4)

Aug 2015

I think I might have gone on a bad night to this restaurant. It's sad really because I have been trying to make a reservation for I don't know how long and so I was really looking for forward to diining there. It was also my Birthday meal. I must say that the food was lovely but the service was poor. We went for the set dinner menu, purely because I preferred the menu options. I had intended on going for the tasting menu. The food is very good. I must stress that the food was fantastic....

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Anna B.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Dabbous

39 Whitfield Street ,London W1T 2SF

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by   platinum reviewer (108)

Nov 2013

Once you managed to get a table (at one point more difficult to get than any other London restaurant with redicoulus advance booking requirements, in particular for Sat nights) you might actually be very pleasantly surprised by its low-profile, easy going design, layout and atmosphere. Some of the "over"hype has vanished a bit now (you'll now able to get a Sat evening booking 4-6 months in advance …) and that's for the better. After all the reason for the success of this place lies in its food and...

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London Gourmet's rating

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

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Dabbous

39 Whitfield Street ,London W1T 2SF

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Have the mighty fallen?

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Sep 2013

Have the mighty fallen. I hope not. I have managed to get tables to eat here six times now and have relished the chance to go back every time. After my dinner Saturday i walked out saying I won’t be rushing back. Gone is the coddled egg, pea and mint, probably the two best things i have ever eaten, replaced by ripe tomato and fennel salad, both dare i say it a little tasteless Then sweet corn drowned in butter, not very inspiring Mr Dabbous. The mains of Monkfish were perfectly cooked but underwhelming....

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Jolly Angler's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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39 Whitfield Street ,London W1T 2SF

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A good 'no frills' michelin experience

by   (2)

Sep 2013

A few days ago we had a special occasion to celebrate. We had booked another place but then by sheer luck we got a booking for lunch at Dabbous. Having heard so much about it, we decided it was the best place to go. I am still trying to decide what sort of experience it was. I think that the little to no atmosphere (and the very minimalistic/scandi decor) is a turn-off. The food is good but it is nowhere near amazing nor that sophisticated. And the portions are tiny. More tapas than food. I am a...

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Kiaorana67's rating

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 8

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39 Whitfield Street ,London W1T 2SF

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Lived up to our hopes and expectations

by   platinum reviewer (95)

Jul 2013

Our first visit to a full restaurant on a midweek lunchtime, with a mix of business and “civilian” clientele. We looked at the tasting menu and decided that this was our choice since the variety and apparent interest in the dishes made us a little reluctant to miss out on anything. There's a few points to make. I ate eight courses, my wife seven. Seven courses of freshly prepared food of this quality for £59 is good value. When you add to that the very reasonable wine list , coffee etc I think there's...

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David H.'s rating

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

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39 Whitfield Street ,London W1T 2SF

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Outstanding Restaurant

by   (2)

May 2013

It's probably the most difficult restaurant to book in London but it's worth the fight to get in. The cooking is outstanding, comforting and surprising. The tasting menu is fabulous. It's in a league above most restaurants.

Palmyra k.'s rating

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

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39 Whitfield Street ,London W1T 2SF

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The most overrated restaurant in London

by   silver reviewer (17)

Apr 2013

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I'd booked this restaurant in August last year and promptly forgot about the reservation until a couple of weeks ago when I started to get excited. It had so many accolades but now, having been there, that leaves me perplexed. There is a singular lack of atmosphere throughout this abandoned warehouse minimalist design. It feels unfinished and a little disconnected. That permeated the dining room and quite frankly I have never seen so many miserable people all eating dinner in the same restaurant....

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  • Food & Drink: 5
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 4

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    A Girl Has to Eat - Restaurant Reviews & Food Guide :: A Girl has to Eat (and travel) Restaurant and travel reviews » Blog Archive Dabbous - A Girl has to Eat - (and travel) Restaurant and travel reviews

    When Dabbous opened in 2012, it became THE most talked about restaurant in London. The cutting-edge Modern European cooking by Oliver Dabbous, previously of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Hibiscus, Mugaritz, The Fat Duck, Noma and Texture, bewitched the critics. Dabbous went on to earn critical acclaim, a Michelin Star in 2013, and the distinction of being the most unattainable dinner reservation in town.

    The décor at Dabbous is every bit as cutting edge with the restaurant carving out a dark, minimalist space. Dabbous oozes industrial chic with the sound of loud house music ringing in the background. In the...
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    LUNCHING ABOVE OUR WEIGHT :: London's Dabbous: Short and not the nicest sweet | Lunching Above Our Weight

    link and you’d miss our lunch at Dabbous – we would wager never before have four courses been chomped down at such a pace. This was rather sad for the two of us who currently have nothing better to do on a weekday afternoon than sit for hours, feigning classiness in one of the bright lights of London’s restaurant scene. We suppose we shouldn’t complain too much – many other lunchers have to return to the warm bosom of an actual employer for the afternoon, and so for them speed is of the essence… still if service had given us a bit more time to resurface from mouthfuls of pretty damn good food to breathe, our blog...
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    Food Expectations :: Food Expectations Dabbous London Review

    Dabbous has been on my “to try” list for a long time, way before we even moved to London but reservations are hard to come by unless you plan properly and email them two months before the date you want. I had friends coming to town and they wanted good food but not stuffy or overly fancy, and Dabbous seemed to fit the ideas perfectly.
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Ollie Dabbous

Unconventional Ollie Dabbous looks more rock star than chef, but he has worked in some of the world’s hottest restaurants. He earned his stripes under Raymond Blanc (now his backer) at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, was head chef at Texture, and did ‘stages’ at The Fat Duck, Noma and Mugaritz. These days, he runs Michelin-starred Dabbous (opened in 2012 but still one of the capital’s toughest reservations) and its casual 2014 follow-up Barnyard.

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