Three days after its opening in February, London food critic Fay Maschler wrote a rave review about Dabbous and transformed it overnight from a new experimental, edgy restaurant to the most difficult place to get a reservation in London.
After training in the some of Europe’s most celebrated kitchens (Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in Oxfordshire and Noma in Copenhagen, among others), chef Oliver Dabbous garnered a vision about food that appears to extend to the environment in which it is served. "I believe in restrained simplicity and cleanliness. I want a dish that has the wow factor but looks effortless. I don't want my food to look cheffy," he says. The raw industrial, aesthetic Dabbous has created with London design company Brinkworth is the perfect complement to his seasonal fresh, unfussy food where flavor is of the essence.
Unless otherwise noted, images from Dabbous via Yatzer.
Above: Chef Ollie Dabbous in his newly opened restaurant; the interiors of his restaurant have a raw aesthetic that borders on post-apocalyptic. Photo by Mark Sherratt.
Above: Exposed piping and wiring coupled with raw steel and concrete floors give the space an industrial feel.
Above: I was lucky enough to dine at Dabbous recently; the first course was a vibrant peas with mint dish. Photo by Christine Hanway
Above: The bare wood from the tables and Scandinavian chairs add warmth to the industrial space.
Above: The name of the restaurant has been subtly imprinted on the web of an I beam.
Above: The metal mesh panels and plaster walls create texture within a neutral color palette.
Above: Metal mesh panels create a narrow slot used for hanging coats and storing bags.
Above: The metal mesh also acts as a screen to mask the stairs.
Above: Pendant lights with faceted glass shades hang above the stairs.
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