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Ognisko
Ognisko

Ognisko Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ogniskorestaurant.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 589 0101
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Sunday: 12pm - 3pm, 5:30pm - 11:15pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Eastern European
  • Executive Chef: Marcin Malinski
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Closest underground stations: South Kensington and Gloucester Rd.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ognisko
Ognisko restaurant on Exhibition Road in the heart of South Kensington, is just a stone’s throw away from the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Royal Albert Hall and London Imperial College. Housed in the beautiful Victorian home of Ognisko Polskie club the restaurant will be focusing on the cuisines eastern and Central Europe. The bar will be open all day serving light dishes as well as afternoon tea with traditional pastries and sandwiches. Ognisko’s bar will also serve a wide range of fruit and spice -infused vodkas classic cocktails and a small range boutique beers from regional Polish breweries. The restaurant can sit up to 80 guests together with a terrace overlooking communal gardens seating up to 40. There is also a large events space on the first floor available for daytime conferences, weddings and corporate events.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
Diner Reviews
  • "I'm polish and to be honest I wasn't impressed with that restaurant. Food was ok but not great. Poor service- very slow and had to remind about my drinks."
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "Been to Ognisko several times over the years but this time was best of all. Improved menu and high quality ingredients. We ate on the terrace which is very pleasant."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Took a friend to dinner here as a birthday treat and sat out on the terrace which was a rare treat for London. Food was delicious, although not being Polish, I don't know how authentically Polish it was. It tasted good to us though, which is what we cared about. Never seen so many types of vodka and tried a few, including a complimentary one when our delightful and helpful waitress discovered we were celebrating a birthday. Would definitely recommend for a relaxed and enjoyable evening. Will definitely come again"
    dined on 07/07/2014
  • "It was our first visit and I'm glad, we've chosen this restaurant. Beautiful, elegant interior and lovely veranda with the garden view. Food was absolutely delicious. I'm Polish so i know Polish cuisine very well, food was fresh and authentic, everything tasted as a homemade ;)"
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Soviet style waitress tersely corrected my Polish pronunciations, (the other girl was much nicer), scrumptious pierogi, but putting the (tasty) meat on the potato pancake made it soggy and undifferentiated. Tardy service meant no time for dessert unfortunately."
    dined on 28/06/2014
  • "Near the V&A, I found the restaurant to be empty on a Friday evening. Lovely outdoor seating is provided (and there were diners outside). The restaurant also caters for large events and they were busy preparing for a breakfast then a wedding. As a result, expectations were fairly low, combined with the fact that Polish fare is not generally known for being gourmet. The restaurant is in a beautiful town-house type room, simply but nicely decorated. The menu is short. We ordered blinis and smoked salmon, mushroom and chestnut pasta and potato pancakes with letzo; the food was freshly prepared and tasty. Cocktails were nice too. They offer a selection of vodka shorts. Prices high as you'd expect from location but not too high. Would recommend."
    dined on 27/06/2014
  • "Great venue after the Ballet at Albert Hall. Fabulous evening, great service, friendly staff and great food. Out side seating for a future summer visit is definitely in the plan. Inside the high ceiling and light decor provided an airy summer feel."
    dined on 22/06/2014
  • "You would miss this restaurant if you did not know it was there so worth making a note. You can enjoy a wide range of authentic Polish dishes. The service is a little slow but the food is very good and especially enjoyable if you choose a time when the terrace is available overlooking the gardens. It is also perfectly located for the Albert Hall."
    dined on 21/06/2014
  • "Such a lovely setting and very pleasant staff. Our food was mostly excellent except for the cucumber soup which was warm and came with potatoes. Strange as we thought that cucumber soup is usually cold. Perhaps a different recipe."
    dined on 15/06/2014
  • "In the middle of South Kensington but nicely off the tourist track is this modern Polish place. I eat here a lot and cannot recommend it highly enough. The outdoor terrace is lovely. Do go and enjoy!"
    dined on 14/06/2014
  • "We had a very nice dinner using the Open Table 25% off food and a free glass of prosecco offer. The staff were busy even though it was early evening as there was a big party upstairs - however they were pleasant and our food was fresh, hot and delicious. We sat outside on the terrace on a lovely evening and the offer made our starter and main course very good value at £70 for three. We will certainly return."
    dined on 13/06/2014
  • "Ognisko is an elegant and romantic restaurant in the equally romantic and elegant Polish club (founded during WW2) near the V&A museum. It is a must for fans of Central European or specifically Polish cuisine. The pork cracklings with pear and horseradish sauce were scrumptious. My chlodnik (cold beet soup with dill) was delicious, and our placki (potato pancakes) were also very good. I had the placek with goulash--I think next time I will will try the placek with black pudding, as I am not a huge fan of stewing beef. There is a good selection of Polish beers, and the house red wine was good. As I was too full to attempt a proper pudding, I had a shot of ice-cold pear vodka. Delicious. I will definitely return."
    dined on 07/06/2014
  • "Dined with two friends after the V&A. We sat outside on the terrace enjoying our complimentary prosecco as it was a nice day which overlooks a green (quite a few students, so think there is a college or similar on the green). The terrace does not really get direct sunlight or at least did not that day, but was lovely. we were actually the only table outside, but inside was quite busy. we asked to move in after our pre-dinner drink/appetisers... this was not an issue at all. Food was good, interesting - good recommendations from the waiter for food (pancakes, dumplings) and wine. we tried the Hungarian wine (which none of us had before). Service was good - generally attentive and pleasant."
    dined on 06/06/2014
  • "I used to go to Ognisko 40 years ago when I lived in South Kensington. The restaurant has retained its ambiance and culture originating from a proud country and rich heritage , whilst the decor has been updated and is very stylish and elegant . The food was excellent , beautifully presented and the service outstanding . A place I would definitely recommend . "
    dined on 31/05/2014
  • "First time at Ognisko and we were very impressed. Lovely combination of Victorian original features with contemporary touches. Seared calf's liver with apple mash accompanied by horseradish and honey vodka - amazing! The fish was good too... Nice desert wines. "
    dined on 30/05/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. The room is very special, high ceiling, great lighting and a fun bar at the front, but the tables are spaced so well that even when it's packed on a Saturday evening, it's still easy to hear what everyone's saying without having to shout. The service is excellent, friendly, not oppressive and their timing is perfect. The food is just like it is in Poland, delicious and well-presented. Some of the dishes are 5 star (the herring, pierogi, calves liver, venison), some 4 star (herring blinis, roast rabbit) and I've never got to dessert, but long to as they look great. "
    dined on 28/05/2014
  • "Excellent food, friendly service and reasonable prices. A varied menu. Lovely view from the terrace and an excellent wine and spirit list. Couldn't fault a thing."
    dined on 26/05/2014
  • "Ognisko offers modern polish cuisine served by polite and helpful staff. The tables are spaced far apart and decked with crisp white linen. The starters feature many 'traditional' dishes that have been re examined and lifted to suit the contemporary palate; the golonko is incorporated into a salad, the pierogi are light, the herring salad is excellent but the best are the potato pancakes served with black pudding and sautéed apples. The mains are equally exciting and well cooked. The favourites were the ox-tongue in beetroot broth and the hake with buckwheat. For less adventurous diners there are also international dishes (grilled sole, steak etc). The selection of wines and vodkas are extensive: try the hot krupnik after your dinner!"
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "I am Polish but I have been living in England for 25 years. 22 years ago I invited my husband (English) for a birthday dinner to Ognisko. It was an embarrassment. But now it is a different experience. It is so wonderful to see this very lovely place in a fantastic part of London serving great Polish food and offering a great service and atmosphere. We particularly like the cocktails and, the best we have ever eaten, pork scratchings (trzaski). The few things that we miss in Ognisko from the Polish cuisine are great Polish soups: flaki, zurek, szczawiowa and rosol."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "Wasn't sure what to expect but was not disappointed. The food was delicious, well priced, good portions and the menu has me thinking of my next visit. Staff were really friendly and attentive. Available but unobtrusive, friendly without being fake. The meal was well paced too, no one pushing dishes at us or rushing to clear tables but not slow either. Just right. Cracking selection of flavored vodkas too. All in all a very pleasant experience. Will be back."
    dined on 24/05/2014
  • "A warm welcome from the attentive and friendly waitresses in the classy atmosphere of the Ognisko had us looking forward to an enjoyable meal. We weren't disappointed with an interesting and varied menu and wine list. The waitress taking our order was equally impressive remembering our tricky orders without any recourse to a notepad. Each of our foursome had something different yet we all enjoyed 3 excellent courses washed down with an unusual Portugese red that also didn't disappoint.. Altogether an experience to savour - and to repeat as soon as circumstances allowed. "
    dined on 23/05/2014
  • "The food was authentic Polish food with a modern twist. Exceptional compared to my last visit some years ago."
    dined on 22/05/2014
  • "Simple, elegant restaurant, great food and amazing service. What more could one ask for "
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "I am of Polish descent and took a friend for lunch. I had been to Ognisko before but used to go there with my grandparents and parents in the 1950s and 60s so it was a bit of a nostalgia trip for me. The club did not disappoint. The staff are so charming and helpful and the restaurant has an elegance rarely found these days. The food was delicious and the menu had something for all tastes. Will definitely go again."
    dined on 13/05/2014
  • "It's our second time and we should have known better not to order steak. My friend ordered the rib-eye steak and was very disappointed. The horseradish vodka was unusual. Do try and see what you think. I like the herring starter. Hunter stew is ok but not sure of the meat. Worth a try with the very, very friendly Polish people."
    dined on 10/05/2014
  • "First visit, and can't recommend it highly enough. Gorgeous space in its entirety: welcoming and stylish cocktail bar (and great cocktail list) and stunning dining room. Friendly, highly- professional staff. The dinner menu is nicely varied but by no means ridiculously extensive — and all of it, positively delicious. To stay with the regional theme, we chose a white wine from Georgia — which was delectable. For desserts, we did an abbreviated flight through some of their many fruit-infused vodkas. Another first for me as I'm not a vodka fan, or at least I wasn't until that evening. I'm looking forward to coming back again...and again!"
    dined on 09/05/2014
  • "We had a drink on the terrace before dining in this very impressive restaurant with its attentive staff. Its a very different menu with generous portions so we did not really need the side orders recommended. We particularly liked the Pierogi and calves liver but all our selections were shared and enjoyed. Service was attentive and friendly but not intrusive. The TT offer made this a great evening and I would recommend if you are after something different and not touristy."
    dined on 04/05/2014
  • "Best for vodka and herring. Menu is too long, they cannot manage all they list. One of our dishes was inedible! Room is very nice, service is attentive but not very professional. We didn't get the 25% discount we booked for. Nobody mentioned it and rules not clear."
    dined on 03/05/2014
  • "Table for 2 just 5 mins from Albert Hall. Impressive room, relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere. Staff very welcoming & attentive but not intrusive. So many culinary highlights! Try Budnica - 'quiche' with no pastry, just a light, fluffy dome of perfection, filled with sorrel. Herring fillet salad - one of the best herring dishes we've tried. Lamb shashlik & spring bigos were both tasty treats. Try a side of the best, wonderfully buttery, mashed potato ever! Pierogi - Polish dumplings are often a little heavy but lightly fried & filled with sauerkraut, these were in a league of their own. Chocolate mouse with vodka sour cherries highly recommended. Baked Quince was also a delightful mix of savoury and sweet. We can't wait to return."
    dined on 30/04/2014
  • "If you're passionate about Eastern European cuisine and like to experiment with the different vodka tastes, then you should definitely visit Ognisko!"
    dined on 25/04/2014
  • " We were very impressed by the ambience, the attentiveness of the wait staff, and the opportunity to enjoy an outdoor dining venue overlooking a park. Our meals were delicious! The zurek soup was a meal in itself, and the pork shank over sauerkraut so generous we took most of it home! The combination of sweet peppers and paprika under my wife's fish was so flavorful it could have been a side dish all by itself, but outdistanced the fish leaving it somewhat bland in comparison. We would certainly go back again to try some of the other tempting items on the menu!!! Not cheap, but very reasonable and well worth the dining experience!!"
    dined on 24/04/2014
  • "A delightful meal prior to a concert at the Albert Hall. "
    dined on 23/04/2014
  • "I absolutely loved this restaurant! It looks very posh when you come in, very romantic, but the prices are very affordable. Polish food is outstanding, nicely prepared and visualised. It was a pleasure to dine there. "
    dined on 15/04/2014
  • "beautiful, elegant and historic place. good (not only Polish origin) and great service. there is also a Polish club there, with many interesting cultural events going on."
    dined on 14/04/2014
  • "We have been eating Polish food at this location for about 30 years, but the latest owners of Ognisko have really raised the bar. The place had a makeover and has added a beautiful outdoor terrace. The food was outstanding and the service fast and charming. I am already looking forward to celebrating my birthday there in June, hopefully outdoors. We hope it doesn't get so popular that we have trouble getting a table, but do try it - it is wonderful. The black pudding potato pancake starter is out of this world."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "My guest and I took our table at 6.00 pm, requiring a theater meal, to be able to leave at 7.15. The service was excellent and food very good quality. Staff spoke excellent English and made us very welcome. The ambiance is smart but relaxed and beautiful. I especially appreciated a bowl of excellent soup, because it was a large quantity served in a thick, deep bowl, so that it remained hot for a long time - most unusual. I strongly recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Toptable classifies Ognisko as Eastern European food. The food I had, however, was anything but. Maybe I was wrong to expect a different flavour from French and Italian food I've had in the past My starter of scallops, black pudding on a cauliflower puree was delicious and very well cooked. Didn't have an Eastern European feel to it at all. My main was dumplings with mushrooms and it ended up being gnocchi with mushroom and cream sauce. I may be absolutely wrong. If you're reading this and know that Eastern European food can have these flavours, then please ignore my comments. The food was well cooked and presented."
    dined on 08/04/2014
  • "excellent ethnic cooking, with very friendly service"
    dined on 06/04/2014
  • "This restaurant is a fantastic find. Don't let the thought of polish food put you off - it is fantastic! Two of us had the set menu for £16.50 for two courses and started with rhubarb bellini's with smoked haddock and poached egg salad, followed by bream and vegetable ragout. My son and his girlfriend had foie gras followed by steak tartare. We were in food heaven. The favour and taste is sublime, the food is a feast for the eyes before you even start. We regularly eat out and are always on the lookout for a new restaurant that offers a lovely setting, interesting food, value for money and wheee we leave wanting to go back - this is definitely one to revisit."
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "This was my third time at Ognisko. It has a superb ambience and a very good menu of well prepared dishes. The service is polite and efficient. The restaurant has a good list of beers, infused vodkas and an excellent cocktail. I would strongly recommend this restaurant."
    dined on 31/03/2014