Take a Trip to Austria Without Leaving London

 

The restaurant: Bodo’s Schloss

Location: 2a Kensington High St, London W8 4PT

First impressions: It’s not often you come across an alpine lodge in the middle of Kensington but that’s exactly what you see when you make your way to Bodo’s Schloss. Nestled next to London Hilton Kensington, this tiny hut gives way to a spacious wood-lined restaurant, bar and club decorated with gingham table cloths, stuffed animal heads and all things Austrian. The staff, dressed in either gingham shirts and braces or traditional dirndls, helped to convince us that we really were in central Europe and not in the middle of London. By the time we’d finished our meal the place was full of glamorous diners ready for a night of tasty food and outrageous dancing.

What we ate: We started with some warming sweet potato and pumpkin soup as well as a foie gras and chicken liver parfait which was deliciously decadent. Next up we sampled a veal Schloss Wiener Schnitzel which was served in a sizzling skillet alongside a new potato salad alongside a creamy but fresh-tasting pea, mascarpone and asparagus risotto. Really, we should have stopped there but we couldn’t help ourselves. Instead, we opted for a selection of sorbets and an apple strudel served with warm vanilla custard. If you only eat one thing at Bodo’s Schloss, make sure it’s the strudel. Delicately spiced with cinnamon, it was completely irresistible.

What we drank: Although there’s a really good wine and beer list, it’s the cocktail selection that really steals the show. We sampled a Johnnie Be Good which was a sweet but spicy mix of Johnnie Walker Black with lemon, honey and ginger as well as a Wake Up Dawn (espresso martini) and a Snap Frost which was a mix of Belvedere pink grapefruit vodka, rhubarb liquer and fresh grapefruit. Our fave was definitely the Snow Angel which was the perfect blend of Ciroc vodka, elderflower and passionfruit.

Verdict: Despite being a themed venue, Bodo’s Schloss manages to steer clear of being gimmicky thanks to its friendly service, quality food and beautifully served cocktails. Not only will we be back for dinner but we’ll also be ripping up that dance floor before you know it.

What to wear: Make like the glamorous locals and don your best heels or smartest brogues.

The damage: Expect to pay £80 for three courses for two people with a bottle or wine or around £100 if you swap the wine for two cocktails each.

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