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Dinner For Two At Dabbous: A Night In Pictures

Dinner For Two At Dabbous: A Night In Pictures

Dabbous review, FashionBite

I’d been hearing great things about Dabbous, but with a year-long waiting list and a write-up by The Times as “indescribably good,” it had a lot to live up to.

The boyfriend and I were booked in for dinner on a Tuesday evening in late February and we were very excited to try out the much-hyped restaurant.  Located on a corner of Soho’s Whitfield Street, you could easily walk past it with its discreet, clean and minimalist exterior. Good start.

Dabbous review, FashionBite

As we entered, we were stuck by the industrial feel of the place, but with a vintage twist. It had the feel of a backstreet bar in prohibition America, but for the modern day. A live jazz band played downstairs and the waiters/waitresses padded about in bowties, crisp white shirts and slicked back hair, looking incredibly cool. It felt very relaxed, warm and not a pretentious foodie in sight.

Dabbous is not a new phenomenon in the restaurant world, it’s been around for about a year or so, but reservations are like gold dust and even journalists were struggling to get a look in when it first opened. A protégé of Raymond Blanc, the young chef Oliver Dabbous set-up the restaurant after working at the likes of Texture and Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saison and his cooking style is a mixture of Nordic, French and British. Unfussy, minimalist and delicious: this is my kind of food, I could tell straight away from the menu.

We both opted for the taster menus, to sample as much as possible of the chef’s revered cuisine. What I loved about this immediately was the fact we could swap out dishes. Often the taster menus are rigidly strict and – not a big fan of fish or seafood – I find them difficult to navigate for my palette. [We visited Fat Duck for dinner a few years ago and although the experience was absolutely amazing, the strict taster menu meant there were quite a few courses I couldn’t stomach…raw fish accompanied by the sounds of the sea being one of them!]

The boyfriend and I ended up talking, laughing, drinking and eating our way through nine incredible dishes, washed down with plenty of Prosecco and red wine on route. Follow our journey in pictures below….

Avocado, pistachio and lemon balm chilled in Osmanthus…

Dabbous review, FashionBite

Thinly shredded speckled endive with a mix of gingerbread, bergamot and spices…

Dabbous review, FashionBite

Creamy mash with truffle and gravy…

Dabbous review, FashionBite

Barbecued pigeon with quince and caraway…

Dabbous review, FashionBite

Roast Suckling pig with mango chutney and fennel…

Dabbous review, FashionBite

A mixture of artisanal cheese from Britain…

Dabbous review, FashionBite

Rhubarb and custard with lavender…

Dabbous review, FashionBite

Warm buckwheat waffle, smoked fudge sauce and sour cream…

Dabbous review, FashionBite

Little sponge delights, baked in bee’s wax, with a cherry on top!

Dabbous review, FashionBite

I absolutely loved the food at Dabbous and would highly recommend. The staff are incredibly friendly, relaxed and fun and the atmosphere was brilliant. It ended up being roughly about £100 per head for us both, but we did go all out with the full taster menu, Prosecco, wine, desert wine..etc.

For more details on the restaurant, visit their website at Dabbous.co.uk.

Emily @FashionBite xx

Emily Seares is an award-winning magazine editor and journalist and the founding editor of FashionBite. She was featured in VOGUE's Digital Powerlist Top 100 and is a quoted style expert for most national newspapers and magazines.

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