The Ninth

French, Modern European·
££££
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Silver Award
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London, W1T 2NB ·Website ·Call020 3019 0880

SquareMeal Review of The Ninth

Silver Award

The sum of 26 years working in big-name kitchens, this is the ninth restaurant that chef/owner Jun Tunaka has worked in – with a shiny new Michelin star to boot. Despite a sharing concept that screams ‘on-trend’, tables are regularly full to overflowing and there’s a lot to like in dishes that are “inspired, simple and of the highest quality”. A square of punchy rabbit lasagne is the ultimate in refined comfort eating, dinky spherical oxtail croquettes are impossibly moreish, and roast quail is balanced by sharp pickled cherries, with bursts of foie gras, bacon and pistachio. Check out the ‘raw and cured’ or ‘vegetable’ sections for lighter picks, and don’t pass up the caramelised lemon tart (gleaned from Jun’s time under Marco Pierre White). The two bare-brick rooms, all gleaming tables and shiny floors, are chic and contemporary. Service is “skilled and friendly”, the wine list covers all bases, and at lunchtime you’ll bag three plates for £23.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
French, Modern European
Ambience
Cool, Fun, Lively
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
People
Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Ninth

The origin stories of some restaurant’s monikers can be complex affairs, but those who don’t have much time for laboured ‘concepts’ will be happy to know that the premise of The Ninth is pleasingly simple - it’s called such because it is the ninth restaurant that chef Jun Takana has worked in across his more than 20 year career as a chef.

This is Takana’s first solo venture however, but he has some great kitchen experience to draw on, having previously worked under Phil Howard at The Square, The Roux brothers at Le Gavroche and Marco Pierre White at his eponymous restaurant, where Takana was first trained in classical French cuisine. It should come as little surprise then that The Ninth boasts a seasonally changing menu of both classical and contemporary French cuisine, although it is without the pomp and circumstance that you might expect from someone with Takana’s training.

On the menu, you can expect to find starters such as burrata with Puntarelle alla Romana or rabbit served alongside smoked bacon and a quince and dandelion salad. Main courses meanwhile feature the likes of chargrilled lamb cutlets in an apricot and anchovy vinaigrette, and salt baked wild sea bass served alongside bitter leaves and Tokyo turnip. There is also a separate section of fresh pasta dishes including langoustine ravioli with Romanesco and Datterini tomatoes. To round off your meal, take your pick from sweet puddings such as tarte tatin accompanied by a scoop of rosemary ice cream, or take advantage of a pick ‘n’ mix of cheeses (choose three for £10).

It is fair to say that dining at The Ninth won’t necessarily come cheap, but those on a budget can visit at lunchtime, when the set lunch menu is priced at £29 for two courses and £35 for three.


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Does The Ninth have a Michelin star?

The Ninth has one Michelin star.

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Location for The Ninth

22 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2NB

020 3019 0880

Website

Opening Times

Lunch
Mon 12:00-14:30
Tue 12:00-14:30
Wed 12:00-14:30
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon 17:30-22:00
Tue 17:30-22:00
Wed 17:30-22:00
Thu 17:30-22:00
Fri 17:30-22:00
Sat 17:30-22:00
Sun Closed

Reviews of The Ninth

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13 Reviews 
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Anon

06 August 2019  
Cheapest wine at a michelin.

Anon

26 July 2019  
Everything about this restaurant is 5 star!

Tina L

09 July 2019  
Food is all for sharing with a variety of meat, fish, vegetarian dishes. Subtle and delicate tastes to satisfy our palates. Chef owner is able to mix western with Asian tastes without overpowering the flavours. Great service and cosy dining areas.

jw

Best avoided
31 May 2019  

I took my daughter and her boyfriend here for a (hopefully) pleasant meal the evening before she was due to be admitted to UCLH.
She is seriously unwell (possibly terminally).
Her favourite dish from a previous visit was the langoustine ravioli.
It was disappointing this was "off" - but we amended our order and enjoyed sharing a good plate of lamb as well as a fairly indifferent grilled sea-bass.
The service was perfunctory and a bit sloppy.
Nevertheless I paid the bill (just over £90) including the ubiquitous 12.5% service charge (a bit toppy for two mains, one side, one starter, a bottle of water and a Coca Cola). So far it had been not too bad a dining experience - albeit nothing special.

BUT then things turned nasty.

On leaving Piotr Maruszczak, a commis waiter, followed us out into Charlotte Street and demanded we never return to this restaurant. He failed to explain anything clearly. It was hard to understand what the problem was with this Polish fellow. I think he suggested diners at another table had suggested to someone we were not sufficiently smartly dressed.
Whatever, after a heated argument we finally managed to secure a full refund of the bill, including that "service" charge.
I guess that makes the meal "good" value after all - but it was distressing for my daughter, and we all left with a bad taste in our mouths.
It was an experience none of us would ever wish to repeat.

fwiw - we had not booked - and had picked this restaurant as it was the only one with empty outdoor tables on a warm May evening in a street crowded with bustling restaurants and full tables.
Now I understand why it was the only one with the empty tables ...

jw

Best avoided
31 May 2019  

I took my daughter and her boyfriend here for a (hopefully) pleasant meal the evening before she was due to be admitted to UCLH.
She is seriously unwell (possibly terminally).
Her favourite dish from a previous visit was the langoustine ravioli.
It was disappointing this was "off" - but we amended our order and enjoyed sharing a good plate of lamb as well as a fairly indifferent grilled sea-bass.
The service was perfunctory and a bit sloppy.
Nevertheless I paid the bill (just over £90) including the ubiquitous 12.5% service charge (a bit toppy for two mains, one side, one starter, a bottle of water and a Coca Cola). So far it had been not too bad a dining experience - albeit nothing special.

BUT then things turned nasty.

On leaving Piotr Maruszczak, a commis waiter, followed us out into Charlotte Street and demanded we never return to this restaurant. He failed to explain anything clearly. It was hard to understand what the problem was with this Polish fellow. I think he suggested diners at another table had suggested to someone we were not sufficiently smartly dressed.
Whatever, after a heated argument we finally managed to secure a full refund of the bill, including that "service" charge.
I guess that makes the meal "good" value after all - but it was distressing for my daughter, and we all left with a bad taste in our mouths.
It was an experience none of us would ever wish to repeat.

fwiw - we had not booked - and had picked this restaurant as it was the only one with empty outdoor tables on a warm May evening in a street crowded with bustling restaurants and full tables.
Now I understand why it was the only one with the empty tables ...

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Naomi I

05 April 2019  
Food and wine were brilliant.

Andrew R

21 March 2018  
Loved the prawn dish.

John M

05 May 2017  
Well thought out dishes in sharing style for laid back dining experience but without losing quality.

Anon

04 May 2017  
Great tasting original food.

Deborah T

04 May 2017  
Intimate, a small but astonishing menu, where every dish surprises and delights, so incredibly deserving of its new Michelin Star - chef Tanaka has excelled himself. The first place we take overseas visitors to.
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