Permanently Closed - Bistro Vadouvan

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111 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Contemporary French

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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vipEllenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friends visiting from the US

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Excellent taste and great service.

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Templar
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious freshly prepared food which crosses over french and Indian flavours. Competitively priced with an interesting wine list.

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vipRaifeyontheblower
London
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great food but empty! Sort your marketing out!

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vipOutandAbout
London
7 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best restaurant in Putney. I almost don’t want others to know ...

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Sandy
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptionally good flavors and food, first time there, I'll definitely return!

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DanielS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was something special and the service was to match!

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vipcitycharlie
London
53 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food here is simply excellent. The flavours are divine!! The ambience is a bit rubbish but ignore that and have yourself a very special meal

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JonS
London
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food. We had just spent a week in France and this was better than anything we ate in France.

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vipAtreynal
London
26 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food was very good
Service very bad. No one to welcome you when entering the restaurant, slow service and lack of experience (was a young guy, no one helping him). I am not fussy sonhad a great time but since leaving a review this is how I felt

Place is nice , could improve ambience with lower lights. Crowd is a bit on the old side. Food very good quality

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OpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and great service but sadly a bit empty. They deserve more and I would definitely recommend a visit.

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IsabelleD
London
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I booked this restaurant for my husband’s birthday and I am delighted I did. Everything we had was very nicely presented and very tasty. My 12 year old who can be difficult with food loved the sea bass with curried cauliflower. The service was very attentive and the dishes served at a nice pace making for a relaxing dinner. I am surprised we had not tried this restaurant before. It is now one of our favourite in Putney and we will be back for sure. Some reviewers have commented on price.... this is quality food with an attentive service.

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RachelV
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here on a quiet Sunday evening. There were only two other tables dining at the same time.
The food was amazing. Really well considered and beautifully presented. Definitely the best restaurant we've been to in Putney, and would definitely travel from other parts of London to come here.

It seemed a shame that the restaurant was so quiet when other restaurants along the high street were much busier that evening. I expect they don't get much footfall, but this is definitely worth a 2 minute detour off the high street.

Highly recommend and will be back!

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Coleman
London
6 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was a return visit. We brought friends who were very impressed and plan to return.

Excellent lamb, fish and sides. No room for dessert.

Well done once again.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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!

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BeatriceE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Womble
London
56 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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BrianA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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Jason
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipFionaB
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Footloose
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RinseW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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vipILChinese
London
157 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Gavin
London
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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HappyAs
London
19 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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vipGaspar
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent and imaginative set lunch with welcoming service.

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RhodriW
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

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HhhGH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

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StaceyS
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Womble
London
56 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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PutneyMama
London
5 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

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vipHJCC
Edinburgh
180 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience1

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.

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kackar
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience1

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.

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Qwellyn
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 👌😊

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Ancient
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience3

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!

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Templar
London
10 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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Permanently Closed - Bistro Vadouvan is rated 4.5 stars by 111 OpenTable diners.