Odette’s Restaurant and Bar

I went to Odette’s Restaurant and Bar in Primrose Hill with my friend Odette to celebrate her birthday. When I came across this restaurant I knew we had to go there for such a special occasion!

The setting of the restaurant is warm and inviting and there is even a bar downstairs with some cosy booth areas. We ordered off the a la carte menu and for a starter I had a delicious butternut squash soup (without the onion brioche) which was almost as good as mine 😉 and for my main I had the pan fried sea bream, potato & onion, garlic, mushroom. My friend had the same soup as a starter and she had the braised Welsh beef, mashed potato, onion & parsley salad which she said was absolutely devine! Although, for a big eater like me, I felt the portions were a little on the small side. For such an occasion, only champagne would do but there is an extensive wine menu offering wines by the glass, half bottle and bottle.

Whilst the a la carte menu was fairly gluten-free friendly (or easily adaptable), when I was told by a waiter that the bread that was brought to the table was gluten-free which the maitre d immediately corrected him. This was little alarming as for someone who may be a newly diagnosed coeliac may not know any different (I knew that bread that good looking could not be gluten-free so I was not going to eat it anyway). It seemed that a few of the waitstaff were new (as they appeared to not be particularly familiar with the menu or what gluten was).

We passed on dessert to have another champagne cocktail (down in the bar area) instead, although the dessert menu did look inviting. One of the highlights of the occasion (other than Odette’s birthday) was bumping into Lorraine Pascale at the restaurant (I’m a big fan)!

Overall is was a nice restaurant but the waitstaff need to be a little more trained on the menu and food allergies. I think if I return here I would try the lunch menu on a weekend as it seems like good value.

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