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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££££ - £30 - £49
Eastern European, Polish
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Location for Ognisko Restaurant

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

020 3463 0673


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-3pm 5.30-11.15pm

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6 Reviews 

Florence P

OGNISKO, Good all around
13 September 2019   - Verified Diner

Great food and atmosphere.  Perfect after an evening at the Proms.  Delicious simple food, good service, felt cluby wihtout any stufiness but special enough for an intimate dinner or a big gang of friends.  Will return for sure.

Stan L

27 June 2018  
Excellent food, great atmosphere.

Lynn W

Summer dining
02 June 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 potato pancake with spiced sauteed chicken livers and dried cherries , the crispy round the edges pancake topped with soft savoury livers, really good and very substantial. There are lighter options, and the Grilled artichoke and braised radicchio salad with broad beans and lemon was good. Main courses included Pork Schnitzel with potatoes and capers, and pot roast Guinea fowl with spring vegetables served in the broth, all very generous. There was no need for dessert at all, but intrigued by the menu we had 4 desserts to share between us and tried Sernik – vanilla & white chocolate cheesecake, roast peaches with yogurt, sticky lemon cake, and warm apple strudel. Nothing was left. Altogether a fine evening surrounded by others enjoying themselves, and a great place to go after some serious museum visiting.
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Tim J

28 May 2017  
Brilliant top end Polish food served with panache in a beautiful room overlooking gardens.

Peter K

Lovely food and excellent value
03 June 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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Timothy P

Bright shiny new restaurant
08 December 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 (several allow small or larger servings) were sautéed chicken livers, Gravadlax on plaki pancakes and Kaszanka pancakes (oops, forgotten the main ingredient). Service was efficient and helpful with some of the food items. We ate in 1hr 20mins and got out for £55, which was about right for 3, without drinks.
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