Last time we visited Ognisko in South Kensington it was a balmy summer's day and we enjoyed a lovely dinner out on their gorgeous terrace. This time things were a bit different. The temperature outside was in single digits and as we arrived at the restaurant, which shares the same premises as the Polish Hearth Club, they were just winding up a Christmas bazaar.
Happily, Ognisko seems every bit as lovely in the winter as the summer - maybe even more as the food and drink more than lends itself to colder days - namely plenty of icy vodka and rib-sticking dishes like dumplings and potato cakes.
We were here to try the new festive deal they've put on with Kavka Vodka. In the run up to Christmas you can pop in here for one of four festive options around caviar, blinis, vodka and Champagne.
Here's what else we tried while we were there:
After this dinner, we're firmly putting Ognisko on that surprisingly short list of London restaurants which does everything well. Yes, it has brought in some innovations to a tried and tested formula, like creating its own vodka, but it also knows what it should be all about and does that with real attention to detail. The dining room was packed with everyone from Christmas parties to couples on dates and a wide mix of all ages. And we liked the way the staff seemed to really care what you ordered.
If you're up in Museum Mile with the kids and grandparents over Christmas, send them both home for quality time afterwards while you recover your Christmas goodwill with vodka and caviar. Or just bring a mate, as we did, in need of comfort and good cheer and all will soon be well with the world.
More about Ognisko
Where is it? 55 Exhibition Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2PG
Festive deal details: The festive Kavka vodka and caviar deal starts at £50 and goes up to £110 depending on the option you go for. It runs until the end of January 2020.
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