Perched on the corner of Romilly Street and Greek Street, right in the heart of Soho lies Kettner’s. Adding to the salubrious history of Soho, Kettner’s comes equipped with its own tales of glitz and glamour. Originally opening as a restaurant back in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, (who just happened to be the chef to Napoleon III, casually) the list of the famous and fabulous who have supped, dined and danced here is truly amazing. Oscar Wilde was a huge fan and Agatha Christie and Bing Crosby also dropped in from time to time. So naturally, to continue the tradition, Kettner’s invited a bunch of the London Theatre Bloggers gang to come and sample the new pre-theatre menu. BECAUSE WE ARE ALSO VERY FAMOUS AND FABULOUS OF COURSE LOL.
Gathering together in the Skylight Nook, we enjoyed a cocktail and a deliciously crisp glass of champagne before dinner. Not only does Kettner’s have a banging brasserie style menu, there’s also a champagne bar (heads up- they do a HAPPY HOUR 4-6.30pm from Sunday-Thursday where you can get £4.50 cocktails, and I mean, actual cocktails, not like, Wetherspoons Woo-Woo) and a whopping EIGHT private dining rooms, all sumptuously decorated. (Srsly. Click that link and look at them. They are so beautiful. If anyone would like to host a private event in any of those rooms please invite me and I will be your bff forever k thaaaaaaaaaaanks.)
Whistles having been whetted, we took our places in the bustling dining room for our scoff. I mean, it really is the perfect location for pre-theatre dinner, with The Palace, The Prince Edward in particular a mere hop, skip and a jump away. Eagerly discussing what we’d seen recently, we tucked into our starters, comprising of a dreamy creamy Goats Cheese Royale, a zingy Prawn and Mango Salad and a Smoked Chicken and Bacon Salad.
For the main event, I opted for the Pan Fried Sea Trout Fillet with Sundried Tomato Risotto and Tapenade which was extremely tasty. The fish was crispy, delicate and FLAVOURFUL. GOD I LOVE TROUT. Others around me were uttering expressions of approval at their plates of Grilled Pork Chops and Sage Mash and Wild Mushroom Fettuccine (and also sorrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyy I know I need to get better at food photography don’t shout).
The plates were swiftly emptied and cleared, and wine flowed as we gasped at magic tricks from our fellow blogger chum Dominic. SADLY TO MY UTTER DISMAY I couldn’t stay to sample the desserts on offer as I had to skedaddle off to Book Club (bloody double booked myself didn’t I?! Bellend.) but I have it on good authority that the Lemon Posset was particularly good.
The pre-theatre menu is blooming good value as well, coming in at £21.50 for two courses, or £24.40 for three, so next time you’re in theatreland, don’t just go to Pizza Express, definitely go and feel indulgent at Kettner’s. They also host a huge range of events that I am a bit tempted to try, burlesque afternoon tea, live jazz evenings and in particular, a 1940s party. I do love a victory roll.
ALMOST AS MUCH AS I LOVE TROUT! TROOOUUUUTTT!
I was a guest of Kettners but if I hadn’t loved it (and the trout) I wouldn’t have written about it. Many thanks to Official Theatre for organising the shindig.