Sette, South Kensington, London

Creamy custard Panna Cotta

Set Menu:

  • Location: Sette, 4 Sydney Street, London, SW3 6PP (nearest tube station is South Kensington)
  • Date of Visit: Thursday 22nd November
  • Time of Table: 6.30pm
  • Deal Bought From: Groupon
  • Deal Price: £75 for Four
  • Dinner Companion: Twin sister Jess, mum Tina and grandmother Jean

Getting More for your Money?

This dinner deal includes:

  • Starter
  • Main Course
  • Dessert
  • Glass of Prosecco
  • For Four People

Rib-eye steak with a fresh salad twist

What we ate…

Katie:

  • Starter: Butternut Squash Soup
  • Main: Venison with Polenta, Shallots confit and Blueberry
  • Side: Fried Courgette and Roast Potatoes (not included)
  • Dessert:  Hazelnut Parfait with Chocolate Sauce

Jess:

  • Starter: Smoked Duck Magret with poached cherry and baby spinach
  • Main: Red Wine and Gorgonzola Risotto
  • Side: Fried Courgette and Roast Potatoes (not included)
  • Dessert: Panna Cotta with Peach Sauce

Love the array of glasses on the table

Tina:

  • Starter: Smoked Duck Magret with poached cherry and baby spinach
  • Main:Venison with Polenta, Shallots confit and Blueberry
  • Side: Fried Courgette and Roast Potatoes (not included)
  • Dessert: Panna Cotta with Peach Sauce

Light yet luxurious Hazelnut Parfait

Jean:

  • Starter: Melon, Parma Ham and Figs
  • Main: Scotch Rib-Eye with Rocket and Parmesan
  • Side: Fried Courgette and Roast Potatoes (not included)
  • Dessert: Hazelnut Parfait with Chocolate Sauce

What we drank…

  • Glass of Prosecco each
  • Bottle of Pinot Grigio Rosade Furlane 2011 (not included)
  • Four Cappuccinos (not included)

Can’t beat a classic Butternut Squash Soup

What did we think?

Sette definitely has an air of glamour and prestige about it as you approach; it’s trademark red splashed vibrantly against the homely front door in a classic post box shade and a massive silver door knob, sitting pretty in the centre. Set in a slightly residential looking building, but still clearly indicated, I was intrigued to find out what was inside this South Kensington based restaurant that is yet another string to Marco Pierre White’s bow.

Only a simple five minute walk from the nearest tube station, the location is incredibly ideal, which is also a bonus in my book. I arrived later than the others due to my mad dash from the office in another part of London, yet I was welcomed and smoothly given my glass of Prosecco and a menu. I didn’t really take in my surroundings as I was searching fugitively for my family, but once seated, I loved the quirky comfortableness of the place. The water tumblers had fun multi-coloured bottoms that reflected the candle light and water across the starched white tablecloth, the plump red velvet dining chairs a mix between a hard chair and an armchair. Our table was ideally situated in the corner of the room under a slanted roof, and with my back to the rest of the tables, I felt completely in our own little world as we weren’t crowded in with tons of tables.

Decadent interior

At first glance, the menu is all fancy Italian names that leave you desperately scanning the descriptions for any clue as to what the dish may be. Although a decidedly high end menu, there was still enough varied choice to provide us with picking problems, and all of the combinations sounded amazing. As the attentive waiter shared the dishes of the day with us, I instantly leapt at the chance to have the butternut squash soup – one of my favourite flavours. It had a real rich and delicious flavour, and a thick, gloopy and slightly grainy texture. Croutons and pine nuts added some crunch to the combination, and mopped up with some leftovers from the bread basket, I was incredibly happy with my first round choice.  A decent size as well, which whetted the appetite ready for my main. I naturally had to sample the duck chosen by my mum and sister as I also adore it. It came up in very thin slices, which I have never seen before so we were all intrigued by its mere presentation, let alone its oddly delicate smoked taste.  My grandma’s traditional melon and Parma ham starter had the jazz of a classy joint, the melon curling up in a rose inside its skin.

Perfectly prepared melon

The welcoming Prosecco was wonderfully light, but for accompanying our meal, we settled on a white – the Pinot Grigio. It was a refreshing and light choice that wasn’t too overwhelming or dry so it was perfect with our meals. I was really looking forward to my main – feeling brave and daring, I had settled on the venison (which I have only had once before), since I knew it was incredibly similar to steak, yet was something different that I wouldn’t usually have. Served with polenta and shallots it sounded great and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in. It totally surpassed all of my high expectations. The venison was beautiful, the springy rare meat offering no resistance as I cut through it, yet bringing strong meaty flavours to my palette. The fruity blueberry hit in the sauce was a tasty addition, as was the shallots – I really love onion flavours with meat. I don’t think I had ever tried polenta before, and to honest, it just tasted like grainy mash, so was a nice side with the dish. The meat was definitely the star of the occasion though with such amazing taste and texture, I could probably have sat and ate it all day. We all shared some extra sides of fried courgette (the best way to brighten vegetables in my book) and roast potatoes. They came up in a good size so were more than enough to share between the four of us with our meals, which were also a really great size. There were no tiny platefuls for us, which you can sometimes find in smarter restaurants.

Mouth-watering venison – a real treat

Dessert was also included in our offer, so we dutifully perused the menu with interest. They had a couple things that I fancied, but in the end I went with the hazelnut parfait with chocolate sauce. To be absolutely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure what a parfait was, but I was pretty confident that I would like it. It turned out to be these long caramel coloured fingers of thick mousse, with chunks of hazelnut scattered on top, with a decorative squeeze of chocolate sauce across the plate. A very rich, dark chocolate scoop of ice cream was an added unexpected bonus on my plate, and boy, was it good. I really loved my dessert, as did my grandma who had the same. I sampled the panna cotta which the others had, and it was so light and gentle to eat which must have been especially refreshing with the peachy sauce.

Thinly sliced smoked duck

To conclude, we went for our trademark cappuccinos, beautifully presented with a milky heart shaped pattern on top. I don’t know why this coffee was so good, but it was unbelievably smooth, the smoothest coffee I have ever had and it was such a nice finish to the meal.

Making a second reservation? Yes, I would return to Sette, but only if I could get another meal offer. After studying the bill, the entire cost of our night out, including what we paid for the original Groupon voucher, was actually half the price that we would have paid normally. For three courses, that is a really good deal, especially with such quality food, that comes in such decently big portions. I also really wanted to sample the fusilli and duck ragu so if I returned I may be tempted to stray from the venison! However, after two visits I think I would probably run out of things I would want to try, as the menu is rather sea food heavy and fish is probably the one thing that I’m not overly fond of. Plus the sea food on this menu was also rather adventurous including octopus – I’m not sure I’d want that many legs on my plate!

Delicious Risotto of the Day

The Dinner Dates Opinion:

Jess:

“I had a very enjoyable evening at Sette. As soon as we arrived, the staff were very welcoming and attentive. The seating was comfortable and the tables were not crowded. I had the duck starter, which was so different to any other duck I had tasted before, but it was lovely and light and the perfect start to the meal. I followed it with the risotto of the day which was red wine and gorgonzola so two of my favourite flavours. It was really lovely and not too heavy and a decent portion too. For dessert I had the panna cotta, which was just so creamy. I would book again, but it is expensive so I would need a deal, but on the plus side it is a very easy walk from the station making life easier.”

Accompanied by crunch chocolate covered coffee beans

Tina:

“From the moment we arrived at Sette we felt comfortable. The surroundings were elegant but not overwhelming, the staff friendly and very efficient.  The extensive Italian menu provided so many mouth-watering offerings that it took quite a while to narrow the field, and when the maître d’ told us the specials, that turned all our choices on their heads again.  However, our final decisions turned out to be superb. I went for the magret of duck, to start followed by the venison with polenta and finished with a sublime panna cotta.  Everything was presented beautifully and tasted fantastic, and, unlike some fancy restaurants, the portions were more than adequate.  A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by all.”

Jean:

“Three generations of our family enjoyed a three course meals at Sette’s Sydney Street restaurant. The food was excellent, also the service. I had scotch rib eye steak cooked, to perfection for me.”

 

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