Rating: ★★

Address: 29 Romilly Street, W1D 5HP

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7734 6112


Kettner’s is situated in a Georgian townhouse in the heart of Soho. It was originally opened as a proper restaurant back in 1867, but reopened in 2009 as a brasserie after its refurbishments.

The decor is elegant and rustic, with an overall theatrical setting. There are 8 private dining rooms which resemble backstage make-up rooms.

Kettner’s claims to have a modern European menu, but in practice, it predominantly serves traditional French food. The selection is not expansive nor fussy, but the food was marvellous!

(photo above from Square Meal)

(1) Our meal started off beautifully with this sublime Duck Scotch Egg. The fact that the Scotch Egg is wrapped in duck meat, not pork, enhances its flavours and gives it a magnificent twist!

(2) Even though the appetiser has set the standard high, the main course I had was equally impressive. The Hanger Steak was hearty and delectable, and also thumbs up for the homemade Two Mustard Hollandaise!

(3) Even after finishing my steak, I still managed to gulp down two of these lovely Tarts of the Day – beautiful, fresh peach tarts served with creamy vanilla ice cream. My friend T had to run off to meet his cousin, so his poor, neglected peach tart was sitting on the table and I simply had no choice but to eat it for him!

Kettner’s offers remarkable set lunches and pre- or post-theatre menus, and is a must-try if you happen to be in the area for a musical or a show. Your loved ones are bound to be impressed by the robust food and the enchanting experience!