With a celebrity chef renowned more for his cooking skills than his TV persona, Odette’s is a local restaurant with a destination dining offering. Set in Primrose Hill Village, a stylish location with more than its fair share of discerning residents, Odette’s is actually only a couple of stops away from the West End, so it should be seriously considered by those wanting a special night out.
Odette’s was first established in 1978, but it’s under the ownership of Welsh Chef Bryn Williams, who took over the helm in 2006, that it received its critical acclaim. It was in the same year that Bryn also earned serious celeb chef status after providing a winning dish to be cooked for the Queen’s Birthday Banquet as part of BBC2’s Great British Menu competition.
The menu offers fine-dining Anglo-French cuisine in an unfussy style, prepared with the best possible ingredients; indeed, many of the ingredients used in Bryn’s seasonal menus are produced on his family’s farms and nearby rivers in North Wales, including fish, meat, game and vegetables. A dinner for four of us allowed us to try a number of dishes and without exception, Bryn’s creations had us cooing and wooing all the way through.
Starter of Crab lasagne with crisp salt & pepper squid delivered the most delicate of seafood flavours and arrived bathing in the richest of shellfish sauces – absolute heaven. Unsurprisingly, the highlight of the mains was the Roasted turbot, braised oxtail, cockles & samphire – the dish created by Bryn for The Queen’s birthday. Again, the cooking and ingredients were of an exemplary standard, offering a plate of distinct flavours that managed to work in harmony. Desserts were also skilfully executed, including a rich Pear tatin and a savoury option of Truffled perl wen cheese, potato & herb salad.
The restaurant itself provides an equally pleasurable experience. Luxurious fabrics, including rich velvet and soft leathers in deep hues are offset by flowery patterned wallpaper to create an intimate atmosphere; for a romantic occasion in particular, Odette’s is a must. There is also an equally cosy bar with a couple of alcoves and a relaxed atmosphere that provides an ideal location for a spot pre or post-prandial drinking.
Value is very reasonable also, with a meal costing under £40/head (excluding drinks). For a tenner more, the seven-course tasting menu is also tempting, whilst those on a budget can come for lunch or an early dinner for around £22.
Cuisine type: Modern European/British
Dinner for two (excluding drinks): £75
130 Regent’s Park Road
London NW1 8XL
Tel: 020 7586 8569