The Patch

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I had dinner at The Patch last night with my wife. We didn't quite know what to expect given the mixed reviews I had read. It turned out to be a nice experience. The ambience was pleasant - without any of the loud music some previous reviewers had mentioned. The service was attentive but not overly so and the food was timely and tasty. I my view it certainly gives the Palmerston, the other gastropub in East Dulwich, a run for its money.
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Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Sunday, October 19, 2014

The lunch was nothing special and was overpriced - certainly not worth the extra walk south of other, more in-expensive places that serve the same or better food. The service was okay, but I won't be going back.
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Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3
Thursday, June 05, 2014

Salmon wrapped around creme fraiche was a very 2000 supermarket-style starter that needed some good bread to offset all the dairy. The bream was good and the pear tart was bland and tiny - and £6.50! The experience of eating here was gastronomically underwhelming and not good value. It was interrupted by a high volume house band that made conversation impossible but this was stopped thankfully.

If they invested as heavily in an imaginative menu as they clearly have in the infrastructure this could be a great spot.
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Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3
Sunday, May 18, 2014

I went for desserts and drinks with some friends to try something new (we usually go elsewhere in E.D. and wanted a change) and we were all very disappointed. First, when the server discovered we only wanted desserts we were treated coldly. Then when we got the desserts they were bland, like they had been made days before. We wouldn't have minded so much as they weren't too expensive, and the drinks were an average price, but we had a hard time hearing each other because the music was a little too loud for us. It was a bad experience and we won't be going back.
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Jill Rooper
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5
Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I had dinner at The Patch with a private party of 19 on Saturday 26th April. The bar is wonderfully relaxed and the restaurant light and airy. The private room upstairs was attractively put together for us and throughout the evening the service was excellent. I have read the reviews below and cannot understand the criticisms about the restaurant being loud.

The food was commendable. A criticism below is that the restaurant does not provide a fine dining experience. I was not expecting a fine dining experience as the restaurant does not sell itself as such. The wine list produced some spectacular wines at sub £30 prices so again I do not understand the criticism about the wine list below. There is a Lussac St-Emilion 2006 for less than £30 and a burgundy from the celebrated 2010 vintage for under £30. This is unheard of in London and I really would encourage anyone who enjoys a relaxed evening out with competent food and great wine to visit The Patch. I had a white Rioja from a recent vintage as an aperitif and thoroughly enjoyed this sitting at the bar with the sunlight streaming in and some light background music. The beer was quaffable as evidenced by some of my friends.

On the Saturday Jason (Jackson? I think is his surname) was the chef. I do not know if he cooks there everyday so please do go on a Saturday if possible or ask when he will be cooking. The starters are around £7 and the chicken liver parfait was outstanding with the crab salad and soup a very close second. That was superbly complimented by the white burgundy.

The main courses were around £18 and I had the pork. This included pork belly and a rissole. The rissole was astonishing in its succulence and flavour. Most rissoles are bland and dry but not this. This would have graced the plate of a michelin starred establishment. The belly likewise. The potato cake was superb and had been braised in an oven with butter and chicken stock I suspect. My only criticism was that I wanted more and I felt that maybe just a wee bit more could have been put on the plate. I saw around me plates of a daube of beef and spring rump of lamb. This was accompanied by the Lussac St-Emilion 2006. The wine had all the classic characteristics of an aged Bordeaux and at that price represented great value for money.

The puddings were simple classics, tasty and hit the spot. Altogether a great evening was enjoyed by everyone in my party and I am told that they will be returning and recommending the place to others. We really are short of decent restaurants in and around Dulwich. The Patch is relatively new and maybe it has gone through teething problems which is why there are some indifferent reviews below. My assessment is that do not expect a fine dining experience such as you would get at a Roux brothers restaurant. But do expect a local restaurant at the standard of a Parisian bistrot where you can build up a relationship with the owner and those who work there. I really hope they increase slightly the portions as that would probably elevate the food and value for money score to 9 or even 10 out of 10. The gentleman serving us, Oscar, deserves a mention for the professional way he dealt with a party of 19.
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Ravi Dogra
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8
Sunday, April 27, 2014

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