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Manuka Kitchen | Fulham Road

Fulham, 510 Fulham Road, , London, United Kingdom, SW6 5JN
Critics Review 11/20
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Tue - Thur 11am - 11pm
Fri - Sat 10am - 11pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Monday Closed

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About Manuka Kitchen | Fulham Road

Brunch: Pop in for a spot of brunch from 10AM Friday to Sunday and choose from Eggs Benedict, French Toast or Blueberry Pancakes to name a few.

Dinner: AA Gill favourite restaurant, listed in the Michelin guide for the past 5 years.

Cuisine: British
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
11/20
This independently owned restaurant, named after an Australasian honey, opened in Fulham in late 2012. Chef Tyler Martin (from New Zealand) and his business partner Joseph Antippa had previously worked together at a hotel before striking out on their own in here. The kitchen is visible from the small dining room that can barely seat two dozen diners; the atmosphere is casual, with tiled floor, white walls and no tablecloths. Starters ranged from £5 to £6, main courses £12 to £15.95, side dishes £3 to £3.50 and desserts £4.50 to £5. There was a short wine list with half a dozen whites and reds plus a rose wine and a couple of sparkling options. The list ranged in price from £16.50 to £43, with a median price of £23.50. Domaine des Lauriers Picpoul de Pinet Prestige 2012 was £19.95 for a wine that you can find in the high street for around £9, Seresin Sauvignon Blanc at £25.95 for a wine that retails at £17, and Pol Roger champagne at £43 for a wine that can cost that much in a shop. Bread was a slice of white loaf from The Bread Factory; apparently they make their own bread in the evening, but not at lunch. Potato gnocchi with endive, confit tomato and basil had decent gnocchi, but the tomato was watery and tasteless. The endive was cooked and so lacked its characteristic bitterness when raw, but had not moved into the slight sweetness that you expect after cooking either, and seasoning seemed absent (10/20). A “saffron arancini” had a bland flavour, lacking seasoning, and the saffron flavour was subtle to the point of invisibility (barely 11/20). A “spicy prawn style Caesar” was quite a long way from a normal Caesar salad. There were Romaine lettuce and croutons, but after that the resemblance was rather tenuous. There were little pieces of bacon, a poached egg that a barely liquid centre and a sprinkle of Parmesan, plus the prawns. The small prawns had little flavour, and although cooked all right seemed entirely absent of their promised spiciness. This would actually have been welcome, to liven up the flavour a bit (11/20). The dessert I ordered was unavailable (as was my first choice of main course) so I went instead for Manuka honey and saffron brulee. The texture of the crème brulee was too firm, and although the honey taste came through, and the saffron flavour seemed to be of homeopathic proportion (11/20). The bill came to £22 at lunch for head for three courses including service, with just water to drink. At dinner, with a modest bottle of wine to share and coffee, a more realistic bill would be around £45 a head. Perhaps the food is better when the head chef actually puts in an appearance, but although the meal was harmless enough it was resolutely uninspiring.
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Visited On Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Thank you for great service, excellent food and perfect athmosphere.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

Such amazing food, French toast was to die for, shame it’s only a little place as would have loved to spent a little longer rather than being given the bill for next people to sit. But a really lovely place with great brunch offering!!

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Visited On Friday, 04 May 2018

Food was delicious, some of the best flavor and quality we’ve had since living in London. Staff is quick and attentive.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

As usual high quality food and an enjoyable evening

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Pancakes were excellent as usual. Feta and quinoa on a toast was not appealing at all -just a pile of mess. They also were run out of salmon. Service was unusually poor when our waiter firstly struggled to comprehend our order and then kept forgetting to serve some courses. Something clearly went wrong that time.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

Great pancakes!!!

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Visited On Sunday, 01 April 2018

Fantastic Easter Brunch/lunch 2018. Bavette Steak perfectly medium rare, with delicious freshly made Hollandaise sauce, was a winner. We love the vintner Birgit Eichinger's zesty white Gruner Veltliener but owner Joseph's cocktails are the big winners every time! 3 sets of our boutique B&B guests also enjoyed meals this weekend at Manuka Kitchen. Fulham is so lucky to have this local, award-winning restaurant. SUPPORT local, honest, fresh food at 510 Fulham Road!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 March 2018

Good as ever

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Superbly looked after and made to feel very special for my birthday! Thank you!

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 March 2018

This is my favourite restaurant in Fulham - the food is excellent and the service super friendly.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Delicious!

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Best pancakes in town!

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Just had a really great experience with my family on Mothers day. The Maitre'D is extremely personable & food excellent, will definitely return.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 March 2018

Lovely food and great service. Shame the gin bar was closed!

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Visited On Saturday, 03 March 2018

Delicious food but accompanying vegetables were a bit light on. Management gave one our party a free creme brulee for his birthday - nice.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 March 2018

A surprising find as well as a delicious, relaxed place to eat with friendly service!

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Visited On Friday, 02 March 2018

Amazing service and food, reasonable pricing

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Visited On Sunday, 18 February 2018

Great food good service lovely .

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Visited On Thursday, 15 February 2018

The best things in life come in small packages but this tiny restaurant doesn't fail to deliver greats service and fantastic food in a BIG way!. I walk past it almost everyday and I was not aware there was such a little gem right under my eyes. The two friendly persons who served us couldn't have been more attentive and helpful, I wish to thank them as well as the talented chefs who cooked our truly delicious food which was so well presented and so tasty. I was there with three friends who were equally impressed! We can't wait to return!! Jean-Francois

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Visited On Saturday, 17 February 2018

Really good food and a value price

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Visited On Friday, 16 February 2018

Wonderful food, great atmosphere and very friendly service. Will certainly be visiting again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Great tasting food and intimate atmosphere

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Visited On Saturday, 10 February 2018

The food was delicious and the service was totally amazing. It was a little crowded at the time we visited but it actually made it kind of cozy as well... I‘d definitely come again :)

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Visited On Saturday, 10 February 2018

Great place for brunch - Pancakes and French toast were absolutely delicious

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Visited On Friday, 09 February 2018

Lovely restaurant with very friendly staff and interesting menu.

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