- Main course: £15
- Food spend: £45
- Opening hours
- Monday to Thursday: 17:30 - 22:30 Friday & Saturday: 12:00 - 15:00 & 17:30 - 22:30.
Wonderful food, excellent service and the wines are exqusite
08 October 2016
Winner of the Good Food Guide’s London Best Restaurant Award in 2009, L’etranger in Kensington serves Japanese-influenced French cuisine, as well as maki and sashimi alongside a world-class wine selection. An award-winning restaurant, L’etranger has earned over 30 accolades, including an AA Rosette for Best Wine List in the UK 2013.
Gastronomically the L'etranger menu is a meeting of eastern and western traditions Signature dishes at L’Etranger in London include include the renowned caramelised black cod with miso and pomme gallette as well as the pan-seared Scottish scallops with truffle puree.
Named after Albert Camus’s 1942 work, the restaurant’s interior echoes the Nobel Prize-winner’s minimalist writing style. Located on Gloucester Road, below L’etranger restaurant, Meursault Bar offers a relaxed yet refined environment for any occasion. After midnight, the space is transformed into a discreet late night venue.
A sophisticated, minimalist setting, the L’Etranger dining room features muted tones of stony grey, lilac and black. Gloucester Road Tube Station is a 6-minute walk away.
36 Gloucester Road, London, SW7 4QT
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Customer reviews for L'Etranger Restaurant
((*** 18 October 2016 by Alexia from London
Average food. The waitress was a bit rude. Focusing on Pouring too big glasses of wine. Restaurant quite empty for a Saturday night.
(((** 8 October 2016 by Hilde Lunde from Oslo
Wonderful food, excellent service and the wines are exqusite
(**** 7 October 2016 by Mrs. Lerner from London
This was a very disappointing experience. It was supposed to be a nice family celebration of the birthday of my three children.
First of all, the service was unwelcoming and impersonal, which is not acceptable for this type of restaurant.
We were surprised to not be offered any small appetizers or even bread and butter while we waited a long time for our food.
With regards to the food, it was just edible (we had the Autumn set menu). There was nothing special about it. The truffle burrata didn't taste of truffle, the pea and truffle oil soup was overpowered as well and didn't have any hints of truffle in it, the veal was so overdone and dry it was very displeasing, the risotto of the fish dish did not have any taste. We actually had to ask for salt and pepper because so many dishes were tasteless - which I've never done in this type of restaurant before!
To top it off, despite me calling in advance and saying that my three children were celebrating their birthdays and that I would want a detail for each of them, they just put a candle on my daughter's plate and created a very awkward moment for the rest. To make matters worse, the green tea ice cream was not available with the chocolate fondant and we were not informed of this until we asked about it when they brought the plates over. The vanilla ice cream on both fondant and tarte tatin dishes was so melted that it was unedible - like a lukewarm and cheap custard dropped on the side of the plate.
It feels like the restaurant was overwhelmed with itself or that management doesn't know what and actual restaurant should be like. The staff felt untrained and clueless and the kitchen seemed to have no chef in it.
I get very rare occasions to share with my adult children and was really looking forward to have a good dinner and celebration with them. This will now be a terrible memory because of the irresponsible behaviour of this restaurant, its kitchen and its staff.
((((( 7 October 2016 by Susan Parkes from London
Really adored the evening. Exceptional service, incredible wine, relaxing yet elegant environment and of course outstanding food.
(((** 4 October 2016 by Arpan Dusad from London
Fantastic food (especially the black cod), great drinks (great recommendations from the somellier), let down by poor service.
We went to celebrate the joint birthday of my wife and I (we share a birthday), with my parents and brother. In my booking I had stated this, along with mentioning that my mother was vegetarian.
First the food - between the five of us, we had 5 starters (including the tuna tartar, burrata, beetroot and squid), all of which were great. Sashimi selection - again all really tasty and fresh, apart from the oysters which weren't great.
The main courses - black cod was fantastic, as was the duck, and the vegetarian option (aubergine).
Desserts - cheeses were wonderful, as were the chocolate (although more a souffle than was advertised) and the other desserts.
The somellier also recommended a fantastic Japanese whiskey to finish the evening.
Service was what let the evening down - upon arriving we were shown straight to our table, coats not taken off us, and given dinner menus. We had to ask them to take our coats.
A few minutes later I requested the wine list as we hadn't been given it - and a minute later I was asked if we knew what wine we wanted.
Ordering food - I had also called the restaurant in advance to state that my mother was vegetarian, only to be assured there were plenty of vegetarian options. On the night, the waiter confirmed there were 2 options for starter (there were actually 3, he didn't notice the third) and only one for main, with no flexibility other than a larger portion size - disappointing.
We ordered a sashimi platter to have between starter and main - this was instead brought to us first before our starters.
Finally, there was no wishing of happy birthday - even local neighbourhood restaurants wish customers happy birthday or put a candle in their dessert.
For service alone, we're unlikely to be back.
((((( 2 October 2016 by Laura Pezzullo from London
Excellent food, excellent service, excellent location. Loved everything about this restaurant!
((((* 25 September 2016 by Colin from Marlow
Have not been to L'Etranger for a while but went last night for an early dinner before a concert at the Albert Hall. When we arrived for our reservation at 5.30 there was no one at reception. After waiting a few minutes we saw the owner outside chatting to a friend and waved to him that there was no one to welcome us. He showed his immediate concern by coming in and finding the server and then asking him to give us 2 glasses of champagne on the house and moving us to a large table for 4 by the window, a very nice touch. We had the new 3 course Autumn menu which was very good with some old favourites as starters such as chilli squid and a new dish of beetroot ravioli with goats cheese which was excellent. The main course of stone bass was also excellent andthe other main of lamb shoulder was also good if slightly dry. The only let down was dessert as we both had tarte tatin which we love but this was poor with very heavy doughy pastry. Wines (2 glasses of Riesling) and a bottle of Beaune were excellent.
((((( 13 August 2016 by Lawrence Kellner from Laguna Beach, California
Awesome evening - perfect meal with outstanding service
((((( 12 August 2016 by Aito Sasakis from London
Had summer set menu. Really good deal for the 3 course set menu plus just 5 pounds per drink. Had a lovely evening with my old friend.
((((* 7 August 2016 by Mike Shun from London
Special Summer Menu a great selection of dishes and together with inspired wine choices at £5 a glass delivered a great value meal. Informed advice from the sommelier was very helpful in making selections. A very enjoyable dining experience only slightly spoilt by a mix up in the kitchen that meant one main course arrived 10 minutes late. An apology was swiftly and graciously delivered but the incident was surprising as there were only a dozen or so diners in the restaurant at the time
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