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About Bistro Vadouvan
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.
Putney Wharf, Putney
London, SW15 2JX
Hours of Operation:
Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Lunch 12pm - 3pm
Dinner 5:30pm - 10:00pm
SATURDAY (ALL DAY DINING)
12pm - 10pm
SUNDAY (ALL DAY DINING)
12 Noon - 9pm
£26 to £40
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
020 3475 3776
Background French music.
We provide all in-house catering facility.
Across the bridge from Putney Bridge Tube Station on District Line.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Wedding party or special occasions.
Bistro Vadouvan Ratings and Reviews
Very friendly welcome and delightful staff. Simple and uncluttered restaurant with nice outside area overlooking the River Thames. Small menu but everything is cooked to order in view of the diners. There are a few specials each day for each course and then the main menu. Quite a good wine list and the staff are very knowledgeable about the food and wine so go with their suggestions. The dishes were very nicely presented, delicious flavours, fresh ingredients and tasted great. We will definitely visit again if we are in that area.
Fantastic food as ever. I always want what I had the last time. But they change the menu regularly and I then find a new favourite. There were four of us. We all had different things and we all said it was the most gorgeous food we had ever tasted. It was Sunday and nicely busy. Service is great.
The food here is fantastic! An imaginative mix of French, Moroccan and Asian influences yet every dish was light, textured and totally delicious. Ceviche, beef tartare with smoked aubergine, Cornish sea bass, seared venison - all were excellent using the best British produce. There is a wide choice of wine by the glass so my husband could drink red and i could drink white and the total bill for three courses and six large glasses of the nicest wine came to just £140. The service was also knowledgeable and friendly. We simply can't understand why this terrific restaurant was so quiet. The surrounding area (on the riverfront but adjacent to a noisy pub and a couple of chain restaurants) wasn't particularly appealing on a Saturday night with drunken teenagers marauding around and the decor really needs addressing but this is a brilliant local restaurant and we'll definitely be back.
I very rarely write reviews, despite having dined at pretty much every top restaurant in London, as my general opinion is that there's no point reiterating what everyone else has already said. In this case, however, I feel I must make an exception. My wife and I went here when our plans got cancelled last minute, as it's just down the road and amazingly, I thought at the time, they had a table for 2 at 8pm on a Saturday. Everything about the place was brilliant; delicious food (the steak tartare with smoked aubergine is one of the best starters I've had this year), great wine, friendly and attentive service and amazing value for money. The only thing we didn't like was how empty it was. Despite it being Saturday night, the place was less than 25% full. I understand that the location is not the best, at the bottom of an ugly, modern block of flats, sandwiched between a ghastly Wetherspoons and a Carluccio's, but with high street rents being so high these days, this is unfortunately what small, independent restaurants have to do and, once inside, you really don't notice. Also, there is absolutely no competition nearby. Putney is a restaurant desert, with nothing else decent for miles around. The nearest cooking of this quality is in Fulham, at either the Harwood Arms or River Cafe and both of those are about twice the price. Whilst I love the idea that I can get a last minute table at a great local restaurant, I fear that if more people don't discover this hidden gem, it won't be around for long. So, people of South-West London, I implore you to visit Vadouvan and rejoice in the fact that finally Putney has somewhere worth dining.
Utterly delicious cooking by charming owner chef. He is very talented and has great staff. The tastes are very subtle but very definitely the best if Indian herbs. I had sea bass cooked in a paper bag which was everything you could hope for - really moist and delicious flavours. It was my boyfriends birthday and he loved it too. They made a lovely effort for him.
I wish them every success - the location will rely on word of mouth as not on the high street.
Great to find a restaurant that serves genuinely interesting food - not the boring bog-standard food that many restaurants aspire to do badly and expensively. Every dish on the menu sounds amazing. The ones we tried were fabulous; well thought out dishes, full of flavour and interest. The service was very friendly, and reserved in the right measures. Please go and eat there - we will be back soon - as I'd hate this place to close as so many in this location have before it. Fingers crossed it will become a firm Putney favourite for many years to come.
Last Tuesday night we thought we would check out this new restaurant which replaced one of our favourites in Putney. The place looked pretty much the same .The food looked and tasted delicious! The service varied from indifferent to friendly which I put down to newness of the place. Definitely something to polish up. We will come again.
We were keen to try somewhere new and were very glad that we did. The food is a mix of middle eastern flavours and ingredients and french cuisine - some dishes wholly one or the other, and others a mix. My husband is from the middle east, and was delighted by the two different breads from the tandoor oven - keen to return just for that alone, since good bread is so rare to find at restaurants, and this brought back tastes and memories for him. We used to live in France and found the french flavours also authentic and well cooked. Service was good. Ambience could be improved - the lighting is bright and furnishing quite cold, not much changed from its previous incarnation as a tapas restaurant. Overall a fantastic dinner and we look forward to returning.
Good was really good and worth a journey. Service was good but suffered a little from cultural differences. Location is the real issue - just enough off the beaten track so that on a Saturday night it was only half full. For this type of food it's a real pity as it was pretty outstanding cooking!
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