The best restaurant in Putney by miles. Delicious food, attentive service, good setting. Deserves to do well.
Superb meal - very different style of food than I have had in ages. Really delicious. A great find.
This was our first visit and we were absolutely delighted with our experience.
Fantastic and unique mix of French and middle eastern favour. Fusion cuisine of another type. A Michelin star type expérience. Interior decoration not quite up to the standard of the food but good and friendly service
This has become my favourite restaurant and everyone I come with loves it too. On Wednesday I came with two work colleagues and they agreed that the food is delicious and that they are jealous that I have it on my doorstep. Although it was a Wednesday night in the middle of January it was quite busy and there was a really nice ambiance. The service was great- they are really nice people running this restaurant
Bistro vadouvaan is an excellent addition to Putney dining establishments.
Focus is on restricted menu with open kitchen and brilliant use of spices.
Excellent service and interesting wine list. great discovery and we will eat here often!!
Excellentand delicious food. Fresh seasonal ingredients and gentle spices and seasonings. Friendly attentive service. Reasonably priced. Very good value.
Great food and great service, not to be missed
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 place. The staff were very caring. Very impressed.
Price was good for the high quality of food and service.
Best meal of 2017. The only question is why it took me so long to find this wonderful place. Every bite had so much flavour. The location is lovely right along the river. I will be returning often in 2018.
Really well executed food, very tasty and well balanced.
Slightly erratic levels of service whilst perfectly friendly.
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.
Clean, fresh tasting and subtly spiced food, served by extremely pleasant people. It is well worth a visit, and I hope it is successful - it deserves to be.
On our visit it was one of the coldest nights of the year and the bistro was really cold. I will return in warmer weather. Our cosy catch up with friends wasn’t quite so cosy
Food and value good but service a little over attentive
Really impressed by quality of food and service here! Definitely be going back. Very tasty and inventive dishes and delicious wine.
excellent french food with an interesting spice twist
The food was truly fantastic. Delicious food and friendly service. Such a find! I shall be back.
For a bistro the food is very impressive . In particular the steak tartare and the lamb special were excellent. Staff helpful and attentive. Definitely will return.
The food at this restaurant is amazing. It is spicy and flavoursome and everyone I have taken there has loved it. We went on Wednesday. Half price champagne night. What's not to love.
the food is some of the nicest I have tasted. Truly gorgeous. I was very quiet on a Sunday night so the ambience was not amazing- but we did enjoy it. Going again tonight!
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.
Great food and wonderful staff!
Ace. Loved it Gorgeous tasty food. The spicy twist on everything is outstanding
An excellent meal from a talented chef and team, combined with faultless service. My guest was equally impressed with the fine food and very different and fresh approach.
I would recommend Bistro Vadouvan to anyone a superb restaurant and top class food.
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.
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.
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!
I would not class this as a bistro, a big resturant with very little atmosphere, very average, would not rush back.
Really lovely meal. We went on a Wednesday evening and it was quite quiet, which is a shame as this restaurant deserves to be busy. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
Great options for veggies and meat eaters. Great innovative flavours. Definitely recommend the goats cheese lebnae.
Lovely friendly staff - service was marked as fair in my rating as the food was quite slow getting to the table. Not a reflection on the waiting staff. Very nice ambiance and really enjoyed the food - very different, lovely flavours and healthy options.
Lovely French / northen African food with interesting dishes well prepared.
We had a wonderful lunch with friends at Vadouvan. The food was excellent, interesting combination of flavours and great options for our vegetarian. Service was friendly and unobtrusive. Already planning to go back.
It's a delight to have such a good restaurant in Putney. The set lunch menu is excellent value and the taste, quality and presentation of the food, and the service, has only whetted my appetite to return soon.
Food was super but a little more attention from the staff would have been preferable.
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.
Delicious food, really friendly staff and a great atmosphere. Plus lovely location right by the river!
Very friendly and professional staff, wonderful revisited French dishes, very homely atmosphere!
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.