Matthew Fort's review of Racine (The Guardian)
Giles Coren's review of Racine (The Times)
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Came from Australia to see my sister in London. Did a few neighbouring restaurants, then spent 4 weeks eating our way through France. On our return we had a few more nights in London and spent our final in Racine. THE BEST meal of our whole trip, and the service (especially that offered by the sommelier) was more than perfect. Thank you team.
by Cottam, 21 Jun 2010
I went for the first time just before closing on a Friday evening and had the best meal I've eaten this year. Wonderful, bold, accurate cooking. If you are a fan of French food, you will love Racine. Nice wine list, great staff, nice room. Give it a try.
by StuH (39 reviews
), 19 Dec 2009
I had the set lunch. Very good service and food tasted great!
Would love to go back - many times!
by miu213, 11 Apr 2009
My first visit to Racine and I was very impressed - gracious service and excellent food. The liver pate was served with a compote of lentils mixed with mustard and mayo, a great combination. The lamb served with pureed swede was sweet and full of flavour. Very attentive waiter service - we were going to a show and they made sure we left in plenty of time.
A great find. I'd go back again tomorrow for some more authentic French brasserie dining.
by lin.ingle, 06 Jan 2009
Windows face a busy street close to Harrod's department store. The long room has a wood floor, brown leather banquettes with mirrors above them, soft yellow paint on the walls, and recessed halogen lights.
There are short double tablecloths, and the chairs and leather & wood.
Plain flatware and glasses and salt shaker. This is a place where the food matters and the decor is plain.
It is lunch-time on a Friday afternoon. The place fills up quickly, clearly with regulars, as the somewhat older, well-dressed couples are greeted by name.
Delicious french bread comes with a gold foil wrapped round of butter from Echire, France.
I have a wonderful spicy steak tartare, with small bottles of green and red Tabasco provided if I want to kick it up yet another notch.
This is followed by an excellent cucumber salad garnished with minced chives, and dressed with a light vinaigrette.
These are filling enough that I decline to order an entree, although I wisely have enough room left for dessert, or pudding, as it is called here.
Creme caramel melts in my mouth, light and perfectly flavored.
I choose to finish with hot jasmine pearl tea, and it steeps in a glass pot. Tea is always leaves here, not a bag, which is a charming additional attention to detail.
The food was quite good. I want to go back another time and try more.
by Loving Annie (7 reviews
), 03 Apr 2008
Food was great and everything was very fresh.
by chaimhack, 31 Mar 2008
Outstanding yet unobtrusive service. Every dish cooked to perfection. Faultless.
by Zuma, 10 Apr 2007
Had a very lovely evening there. Food absolutely fantastic, service a bit fussy (but better that than unattentive), very reasonably priced... Overall, very good.
by Max, 27 Oct 2006
What a great evening we had. Lovely food, beautifully cooked.
by bernard, 14 Oct 2006
My dessert came with a large lump of blue plastic in it. No apology and no refund. If you can't find a better place to eat than this in London you really should try harder.
by djdanb, 13 Oct 2006
Great restaurant! I recommend the oysters followed by the rabbit with mustard sauce. A real pleasure!
by Anonymous, 26 Jun 2006
The best service I have experienced in London.
by Anonymous, 26 May 2006
Food disappointing and service unfriendly. A very overrated establishment.
by Anonymous, 21 May 2006
I was very disappointed.
The wild halibut was grey and tasteless, the petits pois were mixed with onions and ham and floating in a grey dishwasher looking liquid and the spinach was a violent green puree with a very slimy and stale taste.
I cannot understand where all these rave reviews come from - I shan't be going back.
by Dorothy, 14 Apr 2006
Really good, tasty traditional cuisine-using all of the animal in just the right way. The calves' brains with black butter and capers were an epiphany.
by Anonymous, 21 Mar 2006
Awesome and totally understated.
by Rod, 19 Jan 2006
I loved the whole experience. House wine was perfect. The service is impeccable. Will now be my regular London French restaurant. Paris in London.
by Muzman, 18 Jan 2006
Henry Harris's handling of French cooking is faultless, superb food and impeccable service.
by lolcarb, 05 Jan 2006
Outstanding value for money with the fixed price menus, superb food and perfect service, what more could you want?
by Gavin Craig, 10 Oct 2005
Good service in a relaxed but very professional setting and service of dishes which many restaurants try but usually bodge. Not here.
by Anonymous, 13 Jun 2005
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