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Dabbous
Modern European Restaurant££££
Today 12:00–2:30 pm, 6:30–11:30 pm
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39 Whitfield Street London WIT 2SF
39 Whitfield StreetGBLondonWIT 2SF
020 7323 1544dabbous.co.uk
££££Modern European Restaurant, BarToday 12:00–2:30 pm, 6:30–11:30 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 12:00–2:30 pm, 5:30–11:30 pmWednesday 12:00–2:30 pm, 5:30–11:30 pmThursday 12:00–2:30 pm, 5:30–11:30 pmFriday 12:00–2:30 pm, 5:30–11:30 pmSaturday 12:00–2:30 pm, 6:30–11:30 pmSunday Closed
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Industrial-styled restaurant and bar serving innovative Modern European cuisine and cocktails.- Google
"We had the tasting menu for lunch and had the best time."
"Ads:Excellent customer service, ambience and a good wine list."
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Ben Ross
2 months ago
Outstanding food - but good luck getting a table! With extraordinary food, presented breathtakingly, you'll be in for a real treat. Whether it's delectable, tender meat, foams and soups or rich, homely desserts with a twist, everything that Dabbous serves is delicious. The only problem: you'll find it next to impossible to get a table - they disappear immediately booking opens. Hit the website hourly, and something might appear if you're lucky!
Thomas Benham
8 months ago
Ads:Excellent customer service, ambience and a good wine list. Dis: What let Dabbous down was the food. The food was dull, unoriginal and unsatisfying. I have tried a lot of tasting menus in London (the Ledbury, chotto matte, Nobu for example) and this failed to come close to these. The two main courses were far too similar in taste. The desert was just glorified ice cream. One thing that really annoyed me was i had to eat again after the meal as i was still hungry. You expect the portions to be small at a place like this but Dabbous was at the extreme end of the scale. When you spend £250 for a meal for two the one thing you at least expect is to be comfortably full.
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Adrian Bryant
2 months ago
Food was amazing, but service was a little slow - e.g. two bottles of house wine taking 10 minutes to show up.
Rob T
5 months ago
Have been here 3 times now and thought it was great until the last visit - they'd changed the menu. Cocktails are great though.
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Tanya Goldhaber
7 months ago
I haven't been to the upstairs restaurant, but the bar downstairs is not pleasant if you have come, like most people, to have a social experience. The bar itself has a DJ despite the fact that there is no dancing so that outrageously loud music can be piped in to ruin any chance of conversation (even if you scream). Moreover, the entire place seems to have been acoustically designed to be as loud as possible - sure, it sounds like everyone is having fun, but you won't be. It's £10 a cocktail, which is standard London prices, but you can get better elsewhere with a chance in hell of actually talking to the people you came with. Would not recommend.
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Linda J
11 months ago
I've gone to Dabbous twice now in two months - once for dinner and once for lunch. With all the hype I have to admit that I had high expectations and they were not met for either dinner or lunch. Dinner was ok and I thought the menu was average. Lunch on the other hand was worse. The egg dish was the only dish that "wow'd" me and I felt like they had the "B" team serving. Our server was very young, the food runner didn't speak English and the other food runner was much more concerned about his looks. I was wearing black pants and asked for a black napkin since their white napkin peeled all over my pants. The server said they didn't have any other napkins. I asked if they had paper napkins and she gave me c-fold paper towels. I'm sorry, but if I'm paying over $100 for lunch per person you would think they would have better supplies. Lastly, my colleague showed up at 11.45 for a noon reservation, asked to use the restroom and the manager said no. Again, if you're paying $100 for lunch the least you can do is let someone use the restroom. The one saving grace about Dabbous is the bar downstairs. The bartenders are friendly, the drinks are delicious and the vibe downstairs is definitely better. Would I go back? No to Dabbous, but yes to the bar downstairs.
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Johannes Rueter
10 months ago
If you like waiting for 6 months for a reservation which then is at 6.30 for your dinner... If you like being seated next to the kitchen even though you are the first guests to arrive and being denied your request to be reseated without being given a reason... If you like being stared at during dinner by a whole group of the waiting staff whose dress code elicits unpleasant associations to the gang from Clockwork Orange... If you like being rushed through the courses of your dinner... If you like sommeliers that do not make recommendations but only state what is already on the menu... If you like a head waiter with unpolished shoes clicking his pen next to your table frenetically throughout your dinner.. If you like to leave a restaurant hungry... If you like to spend nearly 100 quid a head... ...then you should give Dabbous a try to figure out what the buzz is all about. I would describe the cuisine as 'interesting' but will surely not return.
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David Brown
5 months ago
Best food in town. Delicate flavours from innovative creations, simple but delightful