Dear diners, keep in mind that Ognisko cannot guarantee booking requests for their terrace. Even so, please state your seating preferences when booking and Ognisko will try to accommodate.
Ognisko is a London institution when it comes to fine dining with an Eastern European and Polish bent. Located in supremely elegant, terrace-house premises along South Kensington’s Exhibition Road, Ognisko also boasts a terrace that opens out onto Prince’s Gardens, perfect for al fresco dining. The building is also home to the members-only Polish Hearth Club; but the critically-acclaimed Ognisko is open to all comers and is ideal for cocktail and canape receptions (Ognisko boasts, by the way, an incredible selection of vodka), private parties, weddings and corporate events.
Just one of the positive side effects of opening an exclusive community club’s restaurant to the public is that diners can enjoy some of the cool things that go on inside. Critically-acclaimed Polish and Eastern European restaurant Ognisko shares the same Exhibition Road premises as London’s Polish Hearth Club, meaning it’s entirely possible that you can have dinner before or after watching an example of Polish cinema’s compelling output. Classic such as Ida, or Polanski’s Repulsion, shot on location in and around South Kensington. Then again, most people who wish to take full advantage of Ognisko’s facilities opt instead for either casual dining or private hire in part or in full: for canapes or buffets, set party menus, not to mention fabulous wedding receptions and corporate functions, organised with the assistance of a dedicated team of party planners.
Dining at Ognisko is a special experience. Set in a stunning Victorian-era terrace along South Kensington’s Exhibition Road, diners step through the imposing entrance into a foyer dominated by a sweeping, filigreed staircase. The light-filled dining rooms echo, in more traditional fashion, the spacious atmosphere of Ognisko’s sister restaurant Baltic (an equally renowned Eastern European eatery in Southwark). On sunny days, the rear terrace, open to Prince’s Gardens, is ideal for al fresco dining. There’s an incredible array of dishes to sample here, from Poland, Hungary, Russia and elsewhere. Needless to say, it’s absolutely essential to book a table far in advance – this is one of London’s most popular fine dining restaurants.
Quality food, beautifully presented but at reasonable prices. Venue and ambiance very stylish but also warm and welcoming. A combination that I imagine is difficult to beat. A real gem.
Great food, brilliant service in a splendid setting. And, yes, the chilled vodka. Quiet spot in the middle of nature in the middle of Central London.
My wife and I very much enjoyed or pre concert meal at Ognisko and will certainly be going back again next time we go to the Albet Hall. Stewart and Janet Tate