RestaurantsLondonWandsworthSW11

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MasterChef judge and chef Robin Gill (of The Dairy and Sorella) runs the restaurant and rooftop bar at the Embassy Gardens development (the one with the suspended swimming pool), by the new US Embassy. Irish influences, open-fire cooking and on-site brewed drinks will feature, in decor inspired by 1950s Manhattan.

survey result

Summary

£81
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4
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

In a style not dissimilar to an NYC steakhouse, Irish chef Robin Gill’s “lovely” venue is an “excellent addition” to the new Nine Elms development – and should make staff at the US Embassy next door feel right at home with its “solid” menu of seafood and steaks and “nice cocktail bar vibe”. “Oysters are good value in happy hour”, accompanied by “spot-on martinis” or draught Guinness. Other highlights include breakfast, Sunday lunch with live music, and Southeast Asian BBQ treats from ‘The Hatch’ in the beer garden.

Summary

£82
 ££££
3
Good
3
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“It’s in an odd area (unless you are the US Ambassador to the UK!)”, but Robin Gill’s “big, grand and stylish” two-year-old is “well worth the hike”. “Sitting in the shadow of the imposing US Embassy” at Nine Elms, its “very polished” interior is “part oyster bar, part secluded booths” and feels “reminiscent of the grand steakhouses of NYC”. “If you like oysters and Guinness, or even if you don’t”, it’s “a great spot to waste an afternoon”, serving “boldly flavoured” food: “great meat and fresh, beautifully cooked fish”. But “while it’s good, even so the pricing feels a little punchy”.

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£78
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3
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* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Rich and flavourful” food and a “buzzy atmosphere” help earn a thumbs-up for Dublin-born Robin Gill’s NYC-inspired oyster bar and grill that provides a home-from-home for staff at the new US Embassy at Nine Elms nearby. It’s a “classy outfit, all very slick”, and “the meat hanging room is quite the spectacle”. Gill made his name down the road in Clapham with The Dairy, Counter Culture and Sorella.

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£74
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4
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4
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4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Amidst the mushrooming luxury developments of Vauxhall’s once-neglected south bank, Robin and Sarah Gill’s (The Dairy, Counter Culture, Sorella) biggest venture to-date occupies the ground floor of one such new building, near the new American Embassy. Set around a large central bar with counter – and following an Irish-American theme (incorporating Robin’s Irish heritage) – the culinary emphasis is ingredient-led as the website makes clear: ‘… our single philosophy is: We have a wonderful product, let’s try not to feck it up’. It’s a comprehensive offering, complete with in-house bakery, large open kitchen with grill, cold storage (showing off steaks and fresh fish), an oyster bar, and a big outside terrace. It opened just as the survey was closing, but early feedback is of food that’s “fresh, interesting and delicious”“the ragu was the best I have eaten anywhere ever!”

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3 Viaduct Gardens Road, Embassy Gardens, London, SW11 7AY

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Tim W
buzzy place - fun to watch the open kitchen...
Reviewed 1 day ago

"buzzy place - fun to watch the open kitchen. Good service from our waitress - Food was good (not spectacular). Worth a visit but I would not travel to return - "

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Prices

Availability 2 courses 3 courses coffee included service included
Always £85.00  

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£9.00 £26.30 £6.50 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £35.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Bread £4.50
Service 12.50%
3 Viaduct Gardens Road, Embassy Gardens, London, SW11 7AY
Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Thursday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Friday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Saturday12 pm‑3 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4 pm

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