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VQ

325 Fulham Road, London


"Comfortable non-stop dining on the Fulham Road"
All In London Review: 6 / 10



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VQ
5/10 from 5 reviews
ADDRESS:325 Fulham Road
London
SW10 9QL

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CUISINE:British

REGION:Chelsea

NEAREST STATION:Gloucester Road


TELEPHONE: 020 7376 7224



ABOUT VQ:

As the name suggests, this restaurant Vingt Quatre is open 24 hours a day. The menu offers a mixture of proper restaurant food (mainly served before midnight) and things you can eat at any time of the day or night, including beans on toast, eggs Benedict and hot chocolate. On Friday and Saturday nights it can get very busy so you may have to queue. The restaurant also has a non smoking area and outside seating is provided on the pavement.



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This round-the-clock diner has been offering comforting dishes like eggs Benedict, kedgeree, chilli con carne and croquet monsieur to local night owls for almost 20 years now. They have a 24 hour alcohol licence, and NHS workers benefit from a 20% discount (itís just down the road from the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital).



The All In London Review

"Comfortable non-stop dining on the Fulham Road"

All In London Rating: 6 / 10
Added Wed 12 Sep 2012 - Reviewed by Matthew B



Itís Ďthe City that never sleeps!í Thatís what they say about London. Oh hang on, no, thatís New York isnít it? London goes to bed after the pubs kick out, which is still usually before midnight even with the relaxation of the licensing laws. It seems London publicans got a bit too used to the early closing times enforced during WWII (to stop bomb-makers getting too drunk and being unable to make those bombs properly in the factory the next day).

Past closing time, the options for the night-owl reduce drastically: a few late night bars, kebab shops, private membersí clubs (if you are minted), dubious lock-ins at your local, and thatís about it. I remember a 24 hour milkshake bar called Tinseltown in Farringdon that clubbers used to go to, and more recently weíve seen the high profile opening of Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower on Bishopsgate.

But for 17 years now VQ (Vingt Quatre - geddit?) have been ploughing their furrow through those long and lonely London nights, feeding and watering a mix of people that should really be in bed. At least thatís my guess. I wasnít going to get at up at 4 am just to check out their wee-hours clientele, so we went at a far more civilised hour in time for brunch.

The reason it is not better known across the capital may be due in part to its location, deep down the Fulham Road just along from the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. (Indeed, they offer 20% discount to NHS workers. The friend who came along with me is in the Met and I am informed that if you are on a night-shift this place is a lot more appealing than the local Esso garage.) But it seems well-known enough in the locale. Iím told there can be queues out the door late at night - no reservations are taken after midnight.

The place has had a recent refurb, and itís perfectly comfortable and welcoming in a modern diner style sort of way. Thereís a mix of wooden booth seating with red leather trim, canteen-style long tables in the back room, and functional and minimal grey furniture along the side wall. The bar has asymmetric beaten metal and a bar with mirror panelling, and the walls are adorned with large photographs picturing colourful local scenes: a couple waiting at a bus stop, one wearing a horseís head; a tattooed man reading on a park bench, etc.

The menu varies according to the time of day, or night, the nocturnal menu being slightly scaled back (and slightly upped in price) with a small cover charge in addition. The breakfast menu is available 24 hours a day so we decided to plump for something from that.

My friendís Egg Royale with salmon hit the spot, and my five-a-day smoothie was light and refreshing. Kedgeree, however, was a let-down. Never the most exciting dish visually, VQís effort just looked like homogenous creamy yellow rice with a poached egg on top. Initially, I thought the chef had actually forgotten to put any fish in at all. After a forensic examination with my fork I did manage to find a few small flakes of haddock, but it was a derisory amount, especially for a dish priced at £8.95 (a hefty £9.95 on the night menu).

Coffee was good quality; they make that neat swirly fern pattern in the foam of a flat-white that usually indicates they know what theyíre doing, according to my coffee bluffers guide. And we were given shot glasses filled with Smarties on the side, lovely stuff.

I donít want to be too harsh on the place because of one disappointing dish. VQ has been going strong for nearly 20 years and you donít do that by not giving your customers what they want. Iíd like to return and catch it in a different light, ideally at 4 am when there is no outside light at allÖ


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User Rating: 9 / 10
KTrain
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Great food, great atmosphere and the best service I've come across in London. Would definately recommend it and the best thing is it never closes!!


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liam PLY
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Highly recommend a visit here, Great food, Great service and a wonderful all round experience....I chose the kedgeree and was the best choice I made all day. I left feeling a lot happier than when I went in, a sign of a great eaterie. Thanks VQ you made my day :)


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User Rating: 1 / 10
Raphael Essoo-Snowdon
London
Added: May 2012

Ordered the Buttermilk Pancakes off the menu. What I ended up being served was microwaved packet pancakes Ė you know, the supermarket variety, with caster sugar and blueberries for extra dazzle. They were hard, and tasted like god-awful, like they'd been microwaved twice.

Name: Raphael Essoo-Snowdon
Location: London


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A Customer
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Absolute garbage.

The food is horrible and expensive. The croque monsieur is the worst cheese and ham toastie I've ever had. It was stodgy and full of cheap processed cheese and thin watery ham with a serving of rocket on the side that was clearly a few days old.

When I complained to the waitress, she completely ignored me. When the manager finally came over, he had an attitude of if you don't like it then you can leave. A really arrogant and ignorant individual.

The place is over priced and then they have the cheek to put both a cover charge and a service charge onto your bill.

A place well worth avoiding.


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