Harden's survey result
“In a quiet residential corner of Kensington”, on a picture-book street – this “lovely and calm” pre-Victorian townhouse (established as a restaurant in 1985, and owned by D&D Restaurants since 2007) creates a sense of “privacy” that’s particularly “great for a romantic evening”. “Over the years there have been many changes of chef”, but since Ben Murphy joined in early 2017, the food rating here has been “on an upward trajectory” and his “exciting” cuisine – “fun, whimsical, delicious” – won impressively consistent praise this year. “Surely a Michelin star is now beckoning for this young chef”?
This “tucked-away townhouse in Kensington” has “a unique set-up” that makes for a “romantic” ambience and – with its “attentive but unobtrusive service” – is “ideal for a relaxed, long, blow-out meal”. Foodwise it’s “had its ups-and-downs as chefs have changed over the last several years”, but since Ben Murphy took over the stoves in early 2017, most reporters feel the “the food is back on fantastic form” with “wonderful innovative dishes from this wunderkind new chef”: “the little extras such as the lovely amuses bouches and petits fours lift the meal and make it a real treat”. One or two reporters, though, feel it still has a way to go: “there are some wonderful flavour combinations: if the kitchen only had the level and consistency of execution to keep up with these, this place could trouble the Michelin inspectors for a visit”.
This “lovely townhouse tucked away in the back streets of Kensington” has “had several recent changes of chef/patron under D&D group”, of which the latest is Ben Murphy, who arrived from The Woodford in early 2017. Fans say his “modern, inventive and delicious cuisine is taking them back into Michelin territory” but there are also those who feel “it’s now more expensive and impressive rather than compelling”. Top Tip – “excellent value early bird menu”.
Raphael Francois “has maintained the excellent standards” set by Tim Allen at this “understated” townhouse in a gorgeous Kensington backwater (while “taking the menu in a welcome Gallic direction”). It’s D&D London’s best all-rounder nowadays: “relaxed yet opulent”, with notably “charming” service and “sound, refined cooking”.
|Wine per bottle||£33.00|
1a Launceston Pl, London, W8 5RL
|Number of Diners:|
|Tuesday||6 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑10 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm‑3:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9 pm|