Dabbous is very modern cooking. The restaurant was a relevalation when it launched onto the London dining scene several years ago, and has gone on to spawn the off-shoot Barnyard. Located near Goodge Street, just north of Tottenham Court Road, Dabbous is a true culinary experience. They highly recommend the entire party stick to their 8 course tasting menu, which comes in at incredible value (£59). Each dish is a work of art. Small, beautiful conceived, a relay joy to behold, and even more so to eat.
Focusing on fresh, seasonal British produce, their signature dish of Coddle's Hens egg perhaps sums up the restaurant best - a simple, every day item, elevated to incredible heights. The egg is opened, lightly scrambled with mushrooms and a selection of other seasonings, then served back in its own shell, and presented resting on a bed of hay. I could eat these all day.
They boast and impressive selection of wines, as well as an excellent cocktail selection provided by their bar downstairs, which also offers a subset of their main menu for visitors to try. Getting a table remains difficult, and I often finding setting up camp with a cocktail can often result in a waiting list slot coming your way. My top three restaurants in London.
Last reviewed on July 21st , 2014
Hints and tips
- What will it cost?
Lunch set menu (4 courses) - £28.
Dinner set menu (4 courses) - £48.
Dinner tasting menu (8 courses) - £59.
A la carte is also available at all times.
- Nearest tube
- Getting a table
Reservations remain hard to come by due to the restaurants popularity. They keep a few tables for walk-ins, and you can wait in Oskar's bar incase of last minute cancellations.
- What to wear
Dresswear is smart casual. The venue is relaxed and easy going, you can get away with most sensible attire.
Dabbous has a reputation for slighter smaller than average portions. I personally have never taken issue with this, but the dishes are small by design, so be prepared to order quite a few.
Dabbous has a habit of sneaking a few supplements in where you might not expect, especially the cheese course on the tasting menu. So keep an eye out.
- Oskar's Bar
Beneath the restaurant you can enjoy cocktails and a selection of dishes off the main menu - a great way to try a few of their best dishes if you are struggling to get a reservation upstairs.
- LondonEater (2012)
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