The Drunken Butler

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French
When I was a child I always asked myself what was happening behind the swing doors at restaurants. When I became a chef I realised that there was something magical going on in those kitchens. I loved to see passionate chefs creating dishes, to hear the food sizzling in pans, to watch the fire and the steam. At The Drunken Butler we decided to build an open kitchen, where our chefs become part of the service and they can share their passion for food with you. Our menu reflects our passion & our journeys. We change our dishes depending on what our farmers, our butchers & our fishmonger provide us with.

Welcome to The Drunken Butler



S. Yuma Hashemi

Chef | Patron

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Daily 12:00PM - 11:45PM

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H
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday evening at the Drunken Butler where we enjoyed the Persian Feast

The service was attentive and the food well prepared

Would recommend

SB
London
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a really nice lunch at the Drunken Butler, very friendly staff, well priced and good selection of food. Open kitchen made for a nice atmosphere, will definitely be going back soon.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly tough to beat - the Drunken Buttler has it all - Food, Ambience and Outstanding Service. Couldn’t have asked for a more enjoyable experience

BF
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the New Years Eve special event - 7 courses with matching wine over five hours leading up to midnight. As usual, fantastic night out at this great restaurant. Really good creative cooking on show, fantastic wine and my glass was never empty, good stuff and a great way to spend the night.

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, authentic, and great service. The best Iranian food I've every eaten at a restaurant. Bravo to the chef!

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the Persian Sunday Feast. my second time coming to Drunken Butler & already can't wait for my next trip.

NY
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Each dish was fabulous. We had the 5 course set menu and each dish was better than the last. Service impeccable. Can’t wait to go back!

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous French cuisine with Persian influences that uses unusual combination of elements but married well in every dish. Highly recommended to experience reinvented homecook Persian recipes with a modern touch of French techniques.
Indulge in a cosy ambience with excellent service, fantastic multi-course dining with a wide range of wines to accompany it.

KH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An intimate dining experience with a very small kitchen which opens right into the restaurant. We had the 5 course tasting menu with wine parings and it was all simply delicious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friendly, warm and cosy setting that made for an amazing end of project dinner and getting to know my teammates more personally. The food was a constant topic of conversation and we had playful fights over which dish was the winner. We concluded that every dish in our 5 course meal was a win in our hearts. Our utmost compliments to the chef and team

s
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful evening, very intimate dining- sharing food from yesteryear with a cheffy twist.
A little overpriced for the ingredients used and the wine was very expensive.

l
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Looking forward to go back and have told numerous friends about the place.

TN
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly exceptional food and experience. I am looking forward to returning

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant! Yuma has created a relaxed yet sophisticated restaurant with expertly prepared foods and well selected wines. I’ve been twice for the Persian Sunday menu and absolutely loved it both times. I can’t wait to go back for the French menu! Thank you!

F
London
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went for “Persian Sunday”. Just what I expected - very good “homely” cooking's. Quite expensive.
Very interesting wine list - small producers, organic/biodynamic, some very “natural” wine styles.
Will certainly go back to try their normal menu, and to sample some of the more unusual wines.

SV
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem of a restaurant! The food, service and atmosphere were all wonderful. FIve stars all around!

TM
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was great. The team at the drunken butler were welcoming, invited us into the kitchen. Were attentive,explained the menu, the suppliers and cooking methods. The atmosphere was relaxed and were not rushed. I would definitely recommend this restaurant

R
London
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem of a restaurant. The head chef scours through local markets in the morning to find best and the freshest produce and then packages this into a 5 or 7 course tasting menu for the evening. He himself also attends to the tables, which is certainly a breath of fresh air and creates an atmosphere that is at the same time familiar, intimate and unique. Just like visiting an old friend that you have not seen for a long time. Package this with great food and Voila! - you have a superb restaurant experience.

D
London
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice experience, very quiet and elegant.

PK
London
25 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Blown away by the food. Please go to see this innovative take on French food in London. Just excellence on a plate. Nice spacious tables. A little walk away from humming Exmouth Market. Possibly that is why it is quiet lunch time.

If you want very high quality , limited menu experience then go now. For me this is a keeper and they deserve a following.

Go and judge for yourselves.

ED
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A simply delightful evening. The menu was perfect and even willing to swap out dishes if you have allergies or preferences. The atmosphere was casual and so comfortable. Will absolutely return

SZ
London
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply a fabulous experience throughout!
chef owner/operator, rather rare these days. I am sure a huge amount of effort goes in from the team in order to create an amazing experience for the diners.
with much thanks and please keep up the good work!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall a fabulous night with amazing food. Highly recommended. Thank you :)

RH
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, relaxed environment with attentive and knowledgeable staff.

SZ
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocina muy creativa. Gran carta de vinos. Destacamos la atención personalizada del chef. Ambiente muy convivial.

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ER
London
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food , wine and service. Yuma is great chef and host . Felt like we were in his living room listening to his stories. It was a perfect night for our 10th wedding anniversary.

DM
London
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and really friendly warm service.

OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A real gem. On entering you feel that you have come into a home - the open kitchen, a Persian carpet on the floor, family photos on the kitchen wall, the toilet with a glass-fronted bookcase and memorabilia...
The chef/owner delivered a succession of delicious Persian dishes -all authentic, based on his mother's recipes, and beautifully presented - served by two staff who could not have been more helpful. The room was packed with 30 diners who contributed to the convivial atmosphere. We can't think of a more pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon and can't wait to come back.

BF
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

having eaten in many Michelin star restaurants over the year, even in the UK, the food served in this restaurant is Michelin Star quality.
the open kitchen is a treat to the eye to see how well and easy the chefs are organized to serve a plate with style.

top address around Kings Cross and looking forward to having my next dinner there, who knows, many with the M Star at the front door.


well done guys, and girl !

B
London
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely fabulous food. We tried the tasting menu at lunchtime and couldn't fault the food. Each dish was exquisitely presented and delicious. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

p
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best food in London. Wonderful and peaceful setting. I could eat here every day.

MV
London
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a place that you can feel you are in your grandma’s house. Hospitality is awesome.

CW
Aberdeen
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Came here for dinner and was impressed with the quality and presentation of the food. We had the 5 course tasting menu at £49pp. In order of ranking, our favourites were the oysters (in pistachio and in raspberry) followed by the duck (perfectly cooked), the seabass with miso, the egg with kimchi and finally the dessert. They lose me one star for the extremely small portions and the dessert (caramel with ice cream) which, compared to the other more adventurous flavour combinations, was starkly more pedestrian. The restaurant is small and can accommodate about 20 diners, with just one wait staff, 2 chefs including Yuma, the owner and one kitchen porter. Was hoping the owner would come over to chat given that there were only 4 couples occupying the restaurant when we went on a Saturday night (we compared our experience to Massimo Bottura at Osteria Francescana in Modena and Virgilio Martinez at Central in Peru who both came over to chat in a much more crowded space) but sadly no effort was made. This contrasted with the homely intimacy of the restaurant decor.

T
London
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put this was the best meal I’ve ever eaten.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A sensational experience! We enjoyed the full tasting menu and wine pairing which was a series of texture and flavours that evolved throughout the meal; beautifully cooked and presented, accompanied by some stunning wines that you want to but won’t have heard of! Yuma and his team produce a beautiful menu that has french and modern European influences teamed with his Persian heritage in a relaxed and very comfortable surrounding. We will be back for sure!

O
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Good place to meet for lunch, had the set menu which was fine and interesting, friendly waiter with good wine suggestions

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for any type of occasion. A bit costly. But food is just magnificent, wine is outstanding, great tasting menu. Service is very personalised. Will definitely come back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem
Must be tried
The French cuisine during weekdays and the Persian dishes on sundays are beautifully presented and absolutely deliscious
The personal services s attention from the owner makes your visits extra special

R
London
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Drunken Butler and the team inside have created a sophisticated home-like feel. A place where you can relax, feel cosy, reconnect and explore. Explore new flavours, new stories and new creations. I want to thank Yuma for such a personalised experience. We left feeling fulfilled in so many ways. The food in itself is a journey and I recommend everyone taking a ride.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The blind tasting menu was an amazing experience. All the dishes were great and we ended up adding the cheese board that I would also recommend.
Would love to go and do the Persian Sunday