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Customer reviews for Babylon (At The Roof Gardens), High Street Kensington

Babylon (At The Roof Gardens)
Babylon (At The Roof Gardens)

99 Kensington High Street, London

4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews
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5 out of 5
D Kostrzewski
Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Food RatingLiked the food Service RatingLoved the service! Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

Well I can’t praise the décor, staff and food enough. An absolutely fantastic dining experience. My colleagues and clients were all very impressed. I will definitely be visiting again soon.
4 out of 5
Friday, June 18, 2004

Food RatingLiked the food Service RatingLiked the service Ambience RatingLiked the ambience

Had lunch here with friends.  What a great experience.  Lovely food, extremely helpful and friendly staff. wonderful surroundings.  I really could not fault it and will definitly be visiting again 
4 out of 5
Suzanne Walker
Thursday, March 18, 2004

Food RatingLiked the food Service RatingLiked the service Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

After reading the previous reviews on this website, I was starting to wonder whether we had all visited the same restaurant. I visited Babylon last night, not for any special occasion, and to be honest the staff at Babylon really made me fell like it was my birthday.  The reception staffs were really friendly and one of them gave me a tour of the roof gardens, as it was my first time. After my tour, my waiter really gave me and my partner 5 start treatment. On occasions when I have visited restaurants, I always feel under pressure to order, as if they want me to get off the table, but Babylon gave me the all the time I needed to enjoy the stunning views and study their menu.  The food was amazing and I thought it was reasonably priced seeing as the portions were quite a good size.  All in all, I left Babylon thinking that I would return again very soon.

5 out of 5
Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Food RatingLoved the food! Service RatingLoved the service! Ambience RatingLoved the ambience!

I booked for a friend's birthday and although the woman who took my booking was so surly that I had serious doubts about the choice of venue, our experience on the day was fabulous.  All the staff seemed very friendly and efficient and our waiter was a smile from ear to ear - although he got two orders wrong, he was so pleasant that we didn't mind the extra few minutes wait.  The food was great and decor and view incredible -  I just wish all London restaurants would realise what an enormous affect happy serving staff have on a dining experience.
4 out of 5
Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Food RatingLoved the food! Service RatingLiked the service Ambience RatingLiked the ambience

Julie dahling, you have submitted the same review on another website too! word for word...and as for "not too poncey"..dear me you really arent local are you -good gracious are you a tourist or do you live in Ealing? ..Kensington's Babylon is made for the better off -the posers people who appreciate a grand eatery / ambience..if it lacks these then it has failed..BUT in my humble opinion as a local..it is very good and is certainly worth a visit!

i ts the type of place that makes you wish you had a girlfriend to share it with...(i suppose old friends had to do!)treat yourselves-GO!!
2 out of 5
Julie Hills
Friday, August 16, 2002

Food RatingDidn't like the food Service RatingHated the service! Ambience RatingLiked the ambience

I had the unfortunate pleasure of dining at Babylon last night and would very much like to share my experience with you.

Firstly, it was a restaurant which I had specifically chosen from the write-up in Square Meal - which in the past I have been extremely pleased with the results - not this time!

We were supposed to be celebrating my boyfriends birthday and I booked the restaurant as a surprise following the good write-up in Square Meal - a surprise it was.

Firstly, the table wasn't ideal (although this was probably just bad luck) – I would guess it was the worse one in the restaurant (ok so we booked at the last minute) – it was right outside the doors to the galley, so a constant stream of erratic waiters, rushing back and forth, running along the wooden floor - bit hectic ! The constant hustle was accompanied by a regular blast of bright light shining onto our table from the kitchen – very romantic. There were no other tables available, so we decided to try and ignore it. Difficult.

We sat at our table for at least a half an hour before we had to ask for some bread to accompany our very late arriving pre-dinner drinks. Things could only get better …. or maybe not! The bread was worth waiting for, NOT, it was extremely hard, almost stale I would say.

At first we thought the menu was a pleasure, lots of variety, nothing too over-ambitious. I ordered the seared prawns, which came with potatoes, avocado and other vegetables. As I dislike like avocado, I asked if it could be substituted with something else. The waiter suggested rocket and parmesan – which I thought was a good idea. Unfortunately, I can only assume the waiter was distracted by the noise from the kitchen as all I got was rocket (and lots of it) parmesan and three, rather over-cooked prawns, which had not so much been seared as incinerated. As the starter had taken a good hour to arrive, I accepted it, deciding it would be fine. My boyfriend, however, wasn’t quite so lucky. He had ordered the squid and octopus – oh dear, it must have been hanging around waiting for my prawns to be cremated, as it was cold and very chewy.

One and a half hours passed before any sign of our main course was seen. Despite a few reminders to the circus of freaks posing as waiting staff, nothing was seen for 1.5 hours. It eventually turned up. I had ordered bang bang chicken and a side salad of tomato/onion. My boyfriend had ordered fish (haddock I think). My chicken turned up and looked fantastic (the side order of tomato had turned into more rocket/parmesan – but a minor blip I thought). However, my boyfriend (remembering that it was his birthday) had two thin slices of haddock, which were over-cooked, rubbery and quite frankly rather disappointing.

We decided to call it a night after finishing our rather lovely bottle of wine (best thing about the whole evening) and pay our £115 bill for what we thought was a very disappointing evening. After reading so many good things about this restaurant, I can’t believe we were so unlucky.

Is there any reason for going to Babylon? Only the novelty value of the toilets, which boast a gap beneath the mirror over the sink, linking the men's and women's loos. It means both sexes use the same sink. It also means that, should they wish to, women
can look underneath the mirror and watch the men peeing at the urinals over on the other side. That cheered me up following my disappointing meal!

Julie Hills
21 Bow Brook
Gathorne Street
E2 0PW


4 out of 5
Sheep Hair
Tuesday, November 20, 2001

Food RatingThe food was okay Service RatingLiked the service Ambience RatingLiked the ambience

The private dining room was beautiful with great views over London. The temperature could not seem to be controlled which was a shame - but at least we could keep opneing the shutting the door onto the balcony. The service was very laid back and not at all poncey. However, the free access to the members only club should have had a health warning as it was full of "pros" and punters. A quite hilarious end to the evening.