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Odette’s has been a fixture in Primrose Hill since the year north London boy Rod Stewart reached number one with ‘Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?’ That was 1978. Run since 2008 by Welsh chef-patron Bryn Williams, the place remains a shining northern star. It’s a place of balance. From coherent, smart decor to cooking that is satisfyingly modern, the enterprise is far, far more than a humble neighbourhood restaurant. Carte and tasting menus show what Bryn is all about – intelligent combinations, judicious sourcing (plenty of Welsh ingredients) and full-on flavours. Glazed pork cheek comes with apple and lobster bisque in a dynamite little surf & turf combo, with main-course loin of venison in the company of cavolo nero, celeriac and pear. There’s impressive technical skill on show, right up to dessert of lemon curd Arctic roll. The pretty little garden out back and fashionable kitchen table add to Odette’s broad appeal.
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Odette's

130 Regent's Park Road ,London NW1 8XL

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Outstanding

by   platinum reviewer (86)

Sep 2016

Editor's pick I have dined here many times over the years as I live locally and would have eaten here more regularly, however the menu, which is fairly compact, didn’t seem to change much over the years, so once you had eaten there 3 times a year, you had pretty much eaten the entire menu – don’t get me wrong, it was beautifully cooked, seasonal food with a modern twist but the menu was a little repetitive. Now, fast forward a couple of years since I was last here and I was tempted in by a lunch menu deal which...

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

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Posh lunch and plonk in Primrose Hill, for under £30

by   platinum reviewer (70)

Aug 2015

Editor's pick Despite being impressed with Odette’s, I confess that veggies miss out on its killer lunch deal: three courses for £17, Tuesday to Friday. Pescetarians do alright, but you may need to order a la carte for an entirely meat-free meal. We plumped for the set menu, lapping up the fact you can add half a bottle of house wine - a perfectly quaffable cabernet sauvignon - and coffee for just £9 (er, yes please). Fish soup arrived with an artfully-adorned crouton, kicking off the meal with a...

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

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A good first visit

by   platinum reviewer (97)

Oct 2014

We visited for the first time at lunch today and enjoyed their six course tasting menu. The dishes were all quite complex, though pleasingly we could identify what each of the ingredients was adding to the overall flavour. Whilst the intensity of flavours was not what I'd expect at the very top of the restaurant tree, everything we ate was nicely balanced, well cooked and presented cleanly . All the courses were of broadly equal quality and appeal to us- there were no standouts and conversely...

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

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Excellent Value Lunch

by   bronze reviewer (10)

Nov 2013

A small dish of green olives was tabled and I ordered a cola (I was a bit thirsty) whilst browsing the menu. They had a couple of specials also available in the lunch deal, Game terrine shallot chutney (I think this had been on a previous Sunday lunch menu) and toast to start and a Cornish seafood “stew”. I chose both these options, and would decide on the dessert later, for the three course deal with half a bottle of house red wine, and coffee. Rustic ryebread arrived with butter, quite solid but...

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

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A little gem!

by   bronze reviewer (12)

Jul 2013

We decided to try somewhere local i.e. not in the West End, for our Quiz Team lunch and could not have done better at many restaurants in the West End. From the exterior it looks like a typical small local restaurant but inside it seems to go on forever and even has a small garden area. It is very light and on the sweltering day that we went it was very airy. There were six of us and we were shown to a room, we thought there might be an issue but we all worked together! The menu was reassuringly...

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

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by   (1)

Jun 2011

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

We (two of us) went for dinner at Odette's on Friday the 3rd of June 2011. Having been to this restaurant before, well, couple of years back, when it had just started under new ownership of Bryn Williams, we had a pleasant experience and the restaurant provided us that feeling of eating there again. The ambience hadnt changed, we discovered that there is a small garden tucked in at the basement although it wasnt in a good condition. We started our evening with x2 cocktails, Negrano – a gin and martini...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 3

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by   gold reviewer (44)

May 2009

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My wife and I were curious to try Odettes in its new icarnation under the ownership of Bryn Williams. I had never really rated it when it was the haunt of the denizens of the “World of Advertising” (a number of whom had over the years taken me there to show how big a bill they could write off on expenses). We went with a couple of friends visiting London from San Clemente (Nixon territory for those that remember). We had a very enjoyable evening, but I have been left with the feeling that this is...

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

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by   bronze reviewer (12)

May 2009

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Bryn Williams is a masterful chef with a talent for combining flavours and textures. The dishes are skillfully assembled and beautifully presented. The restaurant's wine list is well put together with some very interesting bottles at reasonable prices. The restaurant's revamped decor is warm and cozy. However the service is amateurish and approximative. In our visit it was shambolic and careless. From the moment we walked in (we booked for four and we were given a tiny table for three), to waiting...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 1
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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by   (1)

Mar 2009

fantastic restaurant – food always superb. we usually take our own wine and pay the reasonable corkage charge. would recommend this restaurant to everyone. going there again on sunday for mothers day – cant wait :-)

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

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by   (2)

Mar 2009

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

If you're not hungry and enjoy style over substance, with inattentive service, this is your restaurant. Portions are tiny (3 slivers of wood pidgeon as a starter with a blob of sweetcorn panacotta!), small portion of steamed halibut, which would have been tasteless had it not been accompanied by a puree of mushrooms and an amuse bouche of foamed something or other in a shot glass. My partner had the Welsh lamb for mains, which one might have expected to be delicious, but wasnt tender. It took about...

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 3
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 2

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