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Mar 10, 2012 06:04 AM

Dabbous, London

Anyone been yet?

I saw a good review in Time Out a few week's back, and my boss liked it so much he rang to tell me to go!

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  1. Long wait for tables need to book far in advance.

    1. I have a table booked for next week. I'l report back!

      1. Giles Coren's review on Saturday was stellar; I hadn't been tempted until then. No tables for at least 8 weeks, according to opentable!

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        1. re: gembellina

          That's why my boss rang me - to tell me to book quick after Coren's review.

          1. re: greedygirl

            Best strategy in this scenario is to wait several months. With the jump in demand, it's going to be difficult for even the best kitchens to deal with a sudden scale up while maintaining quality. But if you *really* have to go, I would try calling early evenings to check for cancellations.

            1. re: limster

              Yes 5/5 from Fay Maschler and a stellar review from Giles and it was already booked out until June for dinners.

              It does look awesome, no harm in letting it bed in though.

              1. re: ManInTransit

                I wanted to squeeze it in before we move abroad but it might have to wait for a trip back. Looking forward to abby d's review!

          2. I may be the only one in this town who doesnt "get it". The food was very good (not stellar or mind blowing if you have been to similar restaurants (eg pollen street social). But the room and noise from the bar downstairs make the experience much less pleasant than it otherwise would have been.
            Good pricing though and I wish them well.

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            1. re: olly78

              Thanks for the info -- great to be able to look pass all the media hype for some firsthand info, and definitely looking forward to more info from abby d.

              Could you share more about what you had, along with the pros and cons of the food? Also, if you've been to Texture previously, how does it compare?

              I felt the same way about Pollen Street Social -- a ton of hype -- their PR folks did a great job and deserved every penny. But when it came down to it, the food was merely good to very good (and very reasonably priced for Mayfair), with equal flashes of brilliance and spots of disappointment.

              I guess that's fairly standard when a high budget restaurant opens -- a coordinated PR effort, critics who are known get feted, leading to glowing reports in the media all at once if the restaurant is at least competent, and the people who select restaurants based on the media's recommendation all rush to sample next shiny new thing.

              1. re: limster

                I've managed to get a lunch reservation for 3 weeks time as an early Bday pressie. Perhaps the hype over it will have simmered a little by then, but will try to write up about it

            2. Went tonight for dinner and everything was uniformly excellent. From the fennel salad to the barbecued iberian pork, everything was inventive while still delicious. Wine pairings were spot on as well. An excellent evening, particularly at this price point. Staff was attentive and chef was gracious as well.