Ognisko Restaurant

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“Food from my heritage!” purrs one Polish reader, but Ognisko also has much to offer those who aren’t part of the capital’s expat community. Its al fresco terrace (a marquee-framed space backing onto Prince’s Gardens) is one of London’s “undiscovered gems” and the vodka bar (with its long list of home-made flavours) is a riot, while the high-ceilinged former townhouse transforms into a wonderfully romantic spot at night. “Good-sized portions” of traditional Polish nosh offer “excellent value” and bags of choice. Start with zupa wisniowa (chilled cherry soup with nalesniki noodles) or a hot-smoked salmon salad with beetroot and horseradish dressing. The big flavours can start to stack up, so we’d recommend keeping things light where possible – perhaps caviar-loaded blinis or grilled sea bass with fennel, apple and caper salad followed by pulkownik (sorbet with a shot of frozen vodka). “Five-star treatment” and some top-end wines back everything up.

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Ognisko Restaurant

55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road ,London SW7 2PN

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Summer dining

by   platinum reviewer (85)

Jun 2017

What a lovely evening, after a visit to an exhibition at the Science Museum, we called in for drinks here in the bar followed by a hearty supper on the terrace outside. Not being familiar with Polish food, all four of us tried different dishes. Dumplings feature several times on the menu, and the Roast quail with spiced spaetzle dumplings, chestnuts and pomegranate, and the Pelmeni dumplings filled with veal and pork were said to be very good - these looked rather like ravioli; I had the Plaki...

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Lynn W.'s rating

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

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55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road ,London SW7 2PN

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Lovely food and excellent value

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Jun 2016

Overall great food, with good size portions. Excellent value for this style of restaurant. Couple of negatives though - I expected the staff to be far more attentive and my desert which was supposed to be a Rhum Baba was disappointing.

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 10

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55 Prince's Gate, Exhibition Road ,London SW7 2PN

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Bright shiny new restaurant

by   bronze reviewer (14)

Dec 2015

A group of 3 of us ate lunch at Ognisko. For a Monday it was busy when we arrived at 1.15, with a few family groups as well as a scattering of more antique people of Polish extraction, at a guess. We had a light lunch from an adventurous menu, so missed the meat-based mains, though those served around us looked appetising. 2 starters were Barszcz, or beetroot soup (which the Russian Borstch copied, not the other way round, of course), and hot smoked Salmon salad; both good. Light second courses...

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

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