Bistro Vadouvan

4.4
97 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary French
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  • Creative Cuisine
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Bistro Vadouvan is situated on Putney Wharf’s stunning piazza, overlooking the River Thames.The only one of its kind in London, it subtly blends the essence of French cuisine with spices of the Orient. Chef-patron Durga’s inspiration comes from his Michelin-starred background, having worked with the likes of Eric Chavot, Joel Antunes and Pascal Proyart during his career.
The concept was born as the allure of traditional French cuisine - using cream, butter and fats is on the wane - despite the flavours still being hugely popular and much loved.
Introducing two clay ovens, a bespoke BBQ section and subtle elements of Middle Eastern and Asian spices to classical French dishes gives a lighter, contemporary touch to the food, that brings out the best in the cuisine while being more in keeping with today’s tastes.
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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere with a nicely decorated cozy restaurant.
The eclectic mixture of gastronomic Michelin French cuisine with a middle eastern twist is perfectly balanced. Great products perfectly cooked and finally something different!

BE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent and original food. Warm welcome. We will come back !

W
London
56 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Visited several times and enjoy a different approach to familiar ingredients. Consistently good food and service makes for an enjoyable evening with friends.

BA
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very much enjoyed our visit - Nice outside dining area, great food and pleasant and attentive service.

J
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Bistro in town! I love the environment and the service. The food is extraordinarily wonderful.

FB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family went to celebrate my birthday on Bank Holiday Monday and we all had a lovely time. Food as usual was outstanding and service excellent. Would definitely recommend a visit.

F
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Our favourite restaurant. The lamb shoulder is wonderful.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will continue to keep coming back to Bistro Vadouvan. Every meal we have had here has been outstanding - it is clear the chef has a passion for fusing unique flavours and items in a way that has yet to disappoint, and the staff is always friendly and engaging. Can not recommend the restaurant enough.

RW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner here on Sunday evening 7 April, after the London Boatrace. Had expected a full house, but it was very quiet indeed. Food was amazing, so tasty and using lots of amazing flavors. Service was friendly and personal. Highly recommended.

IL
London
147 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative cuisine using fresh ingredients and original flavour combinations. Delicious crab salad and grilled fish

G
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place, we went before 6:30 so the place was empty which suited us. It got busier as the night went on.
Staff were attentive, food very tasty and they even did something special for my partners birthday.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always good, food is fantastic. Get the lamb! Our favorite place to go.

LC
London
18 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Nice service and just right for a quick lunch, with enough choice on the set menu

G
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent and imaginative set lunch with welcoming service.

RW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food - would go back again. The lamb was so well cooked!

HG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food

SS
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Vadouvan was wonderful all around. The food was all excellent and unique, and good value. My husband and I ate here for our anniversary dinner, and really enjoyed our experience. The labneh starter was delicious, and the ceviche was super fresh and flavorful. I had the fish with lobster ravioli in an asian-style coconut broth which was wonderful, and my husband raved about his lamb dish. We ended the evening with the passionfruit cheesecake, which was also great. I was sad to see that the restaurant was not very full on a Saturday night, because I really don't want them to go out of business! I will definitely be returning.

W
London
56 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first visit with local friends - also first timers. Friendly welcome, good atmosphere and an interesting menu, not too long, featuring unusual matching of ingredients with Middle Eastern and Asian spices. We enjoyed very good Seabream Ceviche, Poached Brill and Prawn Ravioli, and Braised Lamb & Merguez. Nice position by the River, with outside seating for warmer weather.

PM
London
4 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Interesting fusion but definitely more Indian than French. Very tasty food with good suggestions from capable staff. Sadly lacking atmosphere as so few customers at prime time Thursday evening slot. Would return on a busier night.

OT
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Many thanks again for a wonderful evening with friends in a comfy surrounding with attentive waiters and absolute amazing food - a fest for your palettes. We love it :)

HJ
Edinburgh
178 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

We had the set lunch, of which the starter was delicious, but the main course of stuffed chicken was worryingly pink. Won't return. Putney still poor for restaurants, with none for fine dining.

k
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Sorry to say our evening was disappointing after reading some good reviews of the place. It was a Friday night but not at all busy, hence atmosphere was almost nil. The service was very slow considering it wasn't busy, and there was nothing to nibble on. We asked for some bread when the starters came, which took a few minutes, and was one very small hot pitta when it arrived, not much between two people and it was added to the bill. Waitress got in a muddle and suggested we look at the dessert menu after our starter, before our mains had come. When my dessert came, it was straight out of the fridge. The food was very nice, but for all the reasons above I'm afraid I won't be going again.

Q
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were very helpful and really understanding that my date had allergies to certain foods. He checked with the chef what she could have and explained that they could swap and change things to her liking.
The food itself was amazing, the lamb fell apart in my mouth and the flavour was so good. Definitely a very romantic setting and would recommend Bistro Vadouvan to anyone wanting a relaxing atmosphere with amazing food and equally as amazing staff 👌😊

A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Superb french based food with african /middle eastern influence, so a little spicy but excellent for our taste
with the various food combinations working very well .
plenty of fish and vegetarian options but we had slow cooked lamb which was very sift and tasty and pheasant which again was excellent.
very attentive service, nice friendly and relaxed atmosphere.
probably the best restaurant in Putney.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Amazing food! Every mouthful was a burst of delicious flavours all completing each other to perfection. Presentation was beautiful too, portions perfect, ingredients fresh and light. This is West End quality food tucked away in a little corner of Putney. Service a little slow and erratic but very willing and kind, and atmosphere a little bland, but the food more than made up for both. Don’t hesitate!

T
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is the best restaurant in Putney. Food is innovative with its mix of spices and French traditions. It is not over spiced. It is all very fresh. It is friendly and fairly priced. We have eaten here 4 times this year.

C
London
7 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The service was very slow.

The waiter poured a different wine on top of an existing glass.

The bread was still frozen in the middle (despite it being charged for)

My Ravioli was tiny for £18, with the waiter suggesting I would need sides! A side of couscous was £5.

We said we didn’t want pudding but the waiter said ‘you should’ and was very insistent. He had already asked if it was someone’s birthday. Under some pressure we said yes, it came with a candle and a £7 charge.

I was embarrassed as I had recommended we go there to my friends. It felt very overpriced at £60 a head.

SG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent Franco Oriental food in happy environment

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c
London
18 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful classic dishes with a subtle spiced twist. Everyone enjoyed every dish. Great wines and lovely staff. We had a birthday lunch and had a toddler with us and the staff were really accommodating and friendly. It’s a shame Carluccio’s was packed when this gem of a restaurant was right next door!

JK
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

The food was really excellent and everyone in our party remarked on how delicious it was. The restaurant was not busy so lacked a little atmosphere, but otherwise the ambience was very pleasant. The service was average - although the managers seemed to know what they were doing the waiters were less adept.
The really frightening part was paying the bill. We had been charged for wine we did not order and when queried this was changed but overall a charge of £63 per head when half the party were not drinking was astonishingly high for a 2 course meal.

WC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is an amazing mixture of traditional French recipes with added Oriental spices - nothing over spicy but enough to arouse the palate. The house chips are not to be missed. Neither is the passion fruit cheesecake. Both are always on our order whenever we go.
This time we had the barbecued Seabream and the fresh tuna steaks - both excellent.

J
London
81 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Another visit to this lovely restaurant this time as a family group of 11 including small child. We are Sunday lunch from the so called brunch menu which contains much more than brunch style dishes. The service was exceptionally helpful and we shared starters be fore moving onto mains with shared sides. The food was delicious though one dish, the crab, prawn and chilli omelette was disappointingly pale and bland. Overall the restaurant dealt admirably with a large group including the needs of a small child.

K
London
19 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Truly fantastic, what a great find. We ate here over the weekend catching up with friends and the food was stunning. That was a big surprise given that the prices are so reasonable. I think my wife had the pick of the starters with the beef tartare and I thought the same of her lamb however the crab ravioli (our friend's main) was her choice as the best dish. From someone whose absolute favourite dessert is cheesecake... this was possibly the best she'd had. All of the dishes we had were delicious, really impressive quality and flavours so we'll definitely come back (and probably soon).

JC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal at Bistro Vadouvan; food was terrific and absolutely delicious. Can't wait to go back and would definitely recommend.

J
London
81 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great lunch at Vadouvan
Three of us enjoyed s bargain set lunch at Vadouvan with delicious wines accompanying. Simple but interesting options. Three courses for 19 pounds. The dessert, a wonderful cheesecake was a highlight.

R
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Mixed feelings about this one. Plates of food looked very nice but "medium rare" steak was very, very rare and the accompaniment was very hot (too many chillis). I think I would try again, to get a better picture though. Service was very good/nice.

s
London
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was memorable, in spite of the conversation with my best friend. The marinated herring starter and the poached pear dessert have really stuck in my mind, with imaginative use of spices and just lovely. The location on the Putney piazza overlooking the river was also great, particularly on a hot summer evening. shall definitely be back!

PC
Berkshire
161 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really excellent and innovative dishes. French based menu with a little spice added. great service and very good win list. Good short menu of the day with excellent choices

I
London
38 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall good.

SW
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really delicious food, so much care and attention went into the unusual mix of flavours. Excellent.

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