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A neighbourhood bolthole and gastronomic destination rolled into one, Daphne’s is the very personification of its Kensington clientele – handsome, refined and utterly assured. From the dark-pink marble bar with its green leather stools to the European modern art and baroque conservatory for private dining, this space resembles a tasteful and expensively clad Italian townhouse, complete with classic Jags and idling chauffeurs parked outside the concertina doors. The kitchen specialises in bold regional flavours: creamy burrata with intense cherry tomatoes and grilled focaccia; octopus carpaccio with crispy soft-shell crab; pappardelle with wild boar ragù; roast rump of lamb with caponata and salsa verde; seared slabs of tuna atop sweet peperonata. For dessert, the strawberry gelato is guaranteed to clear any rainclouds away. As you’d expect from Caprice Holdings, flawless and personable service is a given, while waiters “with a good sense of humour” take pleasure in steering drinkers through the exhaustive Italian wine list.


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Daphne's

112 Draycott Avenue ,London SW3 3AE

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Jan 2015

Excellent restaurant which seems to get better on every visit. Great menu, tremendous wine selection - we appreciate a good restaurant in this part of town and this is up there with the best of them!

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

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by   (3)

Dec 2012

Editor's pick A favourite lunch spot of mine when Mother is in town, go here for dinner with close family and friends and catch-ups over wine or cocktails. An opulent bouquet of flowers always greets you as you walk through the doors and your coat swiftly disappears into the cloakroom. Food portions are mostly generous and the wine list is actually quite exciting. There's often a bottle of something I've never heard of before. Anyone familiar with Daphne's may find this odd but I always feel like I should go for...

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

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112 Draycott Avenue ,London SW3 3AE

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by   platinum reviewer (62)

Oct 2011

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It was my first time at Daphne’s for about 15 years, but I won’t leave it that long again as it was a thoroughly nice experience. We went on a damp October evening when it was dark and just a little cold outside and were seated in the conservatory, only this time of year the ceiling is tented and there is a lovely open fire and the room has a distinctly Mediterranean feel with warm yellow walls, tiled floors, trees, wooden seating etc. The atmosphere is thoroughly pleasant; it feels like a local...

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

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Daphne's

112 Draycott Avenue ,London SW3 3AE

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by   silver reviewer (17)

Mar 2011

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I am a big fan of Daphne's and regularly come here to enjoy fabulous food. I had a lovely evening here recently with a friend on a cold wet evening. They sat us at the back of the restaurant next to the roaring log fire and the whole place felt very cosy and warm. I find the food here to be consistently good. I have dreams about the starter of the butternut squash ravioli with sage, its delicious! The grilled squid is incredible, as is the brodetto. I often choose fish for a main but friends who...

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

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112 Draycott Avenue ,London SW3 3AE

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by   gold reviewer (32)

Mar 2010

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A delightful blast from the past was a recent monday lunch visit, to celebrate a friends' birthday. Admittedly the dining room was only one-third occupied, mainly by ladies who lunch with their happy spaghetti munching toddlers, some out of town families, and the occasional middle aged british gentleman inhaling an entire 4 course lunch by himself. The service was attentive and pleasant and our waiter was visibly mortified when one milanese turned out to be almost raw. The starters we had were grilled...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 7

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by   bronze reviewer (13)

Jan 2010

Daphnes are currently offering their set lunch menu for dinner as well during the month of January. I went after the theatre last night. As expected, it was very quiet as most of London had cocooned themselves up at home to take shelter from the arctic freeze. I like the dining room, which is almost in two parts, with the conservatory at the back. For some reason, it has an 80's Beverley Hill's kinda feel to it. The decor and the furniture makes it feel like a Tuscan Le Caprice. The set menu offers...

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

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by   platinum reviewer (78)

Dec 2009

Aside from the cardinal sin of cramming far too many diners in over a pre-Christmas lunch service (one side of our table effectively “shared” with a party of 5 shoehorned onto a table designed for 4, whereas the other side had us sitting in the corridor), this was an otherwise wonderful experience. The food has got to be some of the best I have tasted in recent months and I am still torn between which was the better dish – my companion's rabbit ravioli or my parpadelle of wild boar. Either way, both...

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

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by   platinum reviewer (125)

Nov 2009

A truly special place and a crown jewel in Caprice Holding's portfolio. Daphne is low key, the service, the food and the location being the main attractions. It delivers in a very impressive manner. The déco could do with a brush up, but Daphne's is so good overall that one doesn't mind.

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

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  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Area: Chelsea
  • Price: £51.00
  • Wine: £24.75
  • Champagne: £62.50
  • Lunch: ££18.50/21.50(2/3 courses)
  • Dinner: ££18.50/21.50 (2/3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 40,26

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