The Commander

47 Hereford Road, Paddington, London

The Commander Bar

Address:47 Hereford Road
W2 5AH
Map:Map & nearby
Cuisine:Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Station:Royal Oak
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Opening Hours:
12-11pm Monday-Saturday
12-10:30pm Sundays
Food served all day, every day
Facilities & Info:
  • Party bookings accepted
  • Private hire available
  • Booking advisable
  • Children welcome
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Live music
  • Outdoor space
The Commander, exterior picture

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About: The Commander Bar is a contemporary eatery incorporating an oyster bar and bistro style restaurant. Offering an extensive menu of modern British cuisine and seafood, they pride themselves on their use of fresh produce and for their friendly yet unobtrusive service.

The Commander Bar now also boasts The Vignette, a wine lounge and tasting venue for up to 14 people. This private dining venue provides intimate seating and a choice of over 100 varieties of wine.

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Who said oysters had to be expensive? At gastropub the Commander you can order them individually from the display counter for just £1.80 each, plus every Monday their rock oysters are a bargain £1 each.

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"The Commander Bar"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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Transport in London is not worth getting agitated about - it is what it is Ė but sometimes, just sometimes, it all gets a little too much to bear. When a pub/restaurant can drain this sort of angst immediately on arrival, you know itís doing something right. So to the Commander Bar, just shy of Ladbroke Grove, and in possession of a gift that aids recovery from TFL inflicted pain.

A generous sized venue, itís located on a quiet side street that matches the relative tranquility inside. Part pristine bar, part restaurant, the Commander Barís good looks are a big deal of its appeal. Shiny tiles, well placed pillars, a dark wooden bar and plenty of window booths if you donít fancy the table cloths of the dining area.

Ordering here is the first problem point we encounter Ė but order we do. This is a toned down sort of place and the atmosphere makes a good place for pairs. Deciding on the seared tuna sashimi for a starter was the simple choice and with its punchy soy and ginger it would make a match for even the greatest prawn cocktail, which is after all, the king of starters. Right?

A choice of sirloin steak and corn on the cob for a main course was, however, a mistake Ė the meat was incredibly tender, seared to a perfect bloody state, but one taste of the gamey-liver perfection of the Springbok medallions on my companions plate and it was clear an error had been made. Hey ho, next time the medallionsÖ

Dessert was converted and it is testament to the delicious strength of the chocolate and Amaretto sundae that the dish was left empty.

Accompanied by a robust Malbec, there was nothing that could disappoint. Tuesday is steak night every week and for a sum of £16.00 one can enjoy a fine piece of meat accompanied by a glass of red wine. Ordering a la carte, a three-course meal for two with wine will amount to a reasonable £85 and at a venue with as much going for it as the Commander Bar, thatís not half bad.

T.A.O reviewed The Commander on Fri 20 Apr 2012

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