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“A great time!”
Review of Svetlana's - CLOSED

Cuisines: European
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A great time!”
Reviewed 16 March 2014

From the moment we walked in we felt welcomed by a cheeky manager. Eric was the most odd host ever!! His jokes and attitude were funny and challenging. It took a few minutes to get used to.

The internal decoration is quirky and the fact that you need to ring the bell means you cannot and will not be ignored once inside the restaurant.

A piano player arrived and I felt it really made the atmosphere. I am usually a quick diner, in at 6 out by 8. But I really took my time here. As there is only one person working in the kitchen (Svetlana I would guess) I had no choice either.

The food was good, the way we were treated odd yet amazing, the atmosphere great.

If you want to take your time and enjoy a good meal with a great atmosphere then this is the place. If you don't fancy a cheeky chat or you just want a quick bite then this is not the place.

A great time, fantastic atmosphere and good food.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank 202164
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English first
Swansea County, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
154 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Unique & Quite Superb!!”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Don't visit Eric & Svetlana's brilliant restaurant if you want fast food, don't visit if you want to be ignored, don't visit if you want to be a dormouse in the corner.......................... Only visit Svetlana's if you want a service second to none, food fit for kings and an experience like no other in the UK!!
From ringing the bell for entrance, to Eric's repartee and Svetlana's stunning cooking (and the lady pianist) the whole evening was like no other restaurant experience - go prepared to eat at Eric's pace (expect about 2-2.5hrs for your meal so no FASTFOOD here) and you'll leave with a huge smile on your face!!
And the best surprise of all? The price - a fixed price menu which I cant see being beaten anywhere else given what is prepared in the tiny kitchen by Svetlana - well done to you both!!

  • Visited October 2013
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2 Thank birdcontroller
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Quaint, Quirky and Quite Brilliant”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

This was a second visit to this restaurant just to make sure that we had not been dreaming the first time. We had not been dreaming. The second visit was to celebrate a bunch of us reaching the grand old age of 60 and our friends were not disappointed. The food once again was outstanding. The ceoliac meal produced especially for the lady concerned was described as "the best ever gluten free bread she had ever tasted"
I wish I could find more special occasions to go more often, But I don't know if my waistline could take it !!! A really great night out.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank hazeyNewquay
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Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

A charming and unique dining experience.
We will be returning as soon as we can

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank RainbowTaunton
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level 6 Contributor
89 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Dinner with friends”
Reviewed 14 March 2013 via mobile

Svetlanas is unique. From the minute you press the doorbell to get in, the welcome by Eric, who has the most lovely sense of humour, is so warm and the evening begins. It's like going to dinner at a friend's house with 5* food. Starters are all beautifully home-made Smorgasbord buffet style. Main courses are fresh meat BBQ'd kebabs like no kebab you have eaten before ( even better than In Turkey!) or or a veggie or delicious fish option and then the desserts are all individually made & elegantly presented. These are all made by Svetlana who works tirelessly in the kitchen. This all coupled with a reasonable wine menu and to top it all, the added bonus of live background music such as the retired brain surgeon pianist or guitarist. Excellent hosts & excellent food

2 Thank JULSomerset
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