Kettners, Romilly Street – you would not miss it in the dark rainy afternoons of London – Kettners, spelt vertically downwards, lit in blue signage takes height above the rest of the other restaurants and cafés on Romilly Street. More popularly known amongst people as just off Cambridge Circus, Kettners is a corner building painted in clean white paint with black trimmed edges and corners gives a colonial look from the Malayan days. However, one has nothing relating to do with the other. Kettners is part of the Pizza Express chain.
Inside, Kettners is furnished in Victorian style. Split on two floors, the layout of the restaurant covers a bar area, a defined tea room, one large dining room, private rooms for corporate meetings and conferences and the toilet, I have to mention, I love – it addresses an august personage to the habitué. In the dining room, seating is not their best asset, tables are a size too small for the plates and glasses at the same time but the furnishing comes together in quite an elegant style, made more so by the lighting. Care and attentively laid out breads, scones and cakes for the afternoon tea makes it even more of an occasion to have an afternoon tea at Kettners.
For meals, Kettners caters for English cuisine. The starters start from GBP 6.00 giving a choice of soup, tart, salads and terrine. Mains, good large portions, cost from GBP 13.95 and include quiche, salmon, hamburger and steak. Desserts entail ice-creams and sorbets, cakes and crumbles starting from GBP 6.00. In the month of December, Kettners does not do set lunches. This is replaced by a Christmas menu (GBP 49.50) and of course, expect a christmass-ey meal. Pre-theatre menu available from 1700 – 1900 hours.
Our food was served in good timing – not too long waits, just enough to enjoy our wine before the next course was served.
Kettners tart of the day : salmon and spinach tart with simple salad GBP6.95 – the salmon itself was very salty. The pastry was slightly undercooked on the bottom of the tart. A generous portion of fillings to pastry ratio.
Service was rather pushy at first, but got more laid back towards the end of the meal. Perhaps by the time we had our mains, they had figured out that we were not big on consuming drinks in the afternoon. Neat and well dressed staff makes it feel slightly more upmarket than your normal restaurant.
29 Romilly Street,
+44 (0)20 7734 6112