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Time Out (4 out of 5 stars)
Four o nine has the feel of a speakeasy. You need to press a buzzer and give your name before gaining access, via a fire escape, on to a small landing. Perhaps this routine makes the place feel more dramatic and clandestine than it really is, but it's lovely nonetheless, with a bare-brick aesthetic made edgy by urban-themed screen-prints on the walls, and comfortable by the plush banquette seating. The menu is small and changes frequently. We chose from half a dozen starters and mains.... Read the full review here
The Evening Standard: Applause in Clapham by Fay Maschler.
Experience has taught me not to get overexcited about a chef 's CV. So often the roll-call of previous jobs doesn't state exactly what position was held at, let's say, Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road (carrot scraper?), or how long the job lasted (best part of a week?). The press release for Four O Nine announced that chef Iain Smart was "previously of Chez Bruce". Note that "of ". His leap to head chefdom is at a self-styled "sophisticated new eaterie" in Clapham. Not anticipating a... Read the full review here
Opposite Clapham North station in south-west London is a restaurant whose name, Four O Nine, is its street number on Clapham Road. The door is remarkably unremarkable, and the buzzer seems to demand a password; but by giving your name and time of reservation, you gain entry to a world of gastronomic delight. Up some stairs, we hit upon another door, with a short corridor leading past the kitchen and into a delightful main room, of taupe walls with public-transport prints. There is an instant conviviality and class about the place, with swivel chairs aplenty and high-end cutlery. The service is both attentive and considerate....Read the full review here
Occupying the first floor area of The Clapham North Pub, which lies opposite Clapham North Underground Station, four o nine has its own discrete entrance accessed via an entry phone controlled door to the side of the pub in Landor Road. This slight quirkiness somehow lends the restaurant an air of exclusivity, giving you the feeling that you are entering a private dining club. The decor throughout four o nine is warm and inviting, tables are well spaced, there is well upholstered banquette... Read the full review here
Despite its location above a raucous pub (use the entrance on Landor Street), there’s something rather exclusive about Four O Nine. Once you’ve rung the bell to gain entrance, the converted Manhattan-style loft feels rather like a slightly offbeat private members’ club – complete with brilliant arty photos & soft lighting. This is a restaurant of well-founded ambition, & the concise menu cleverly exploits British, French & Italian themes – a lovely summery salad of goats’ cheese &... Read the full review here
Love Food Love Drink
“Location, location, location!” Just like when you’re buying a new home, one of the most important factors to consider when opening a restaurant is the ‘where’. In the eatery packed streets of London, the most innocuous of locational mistakes – such as being on the wrong side of a street or not having sufficient frontage – has lead to the cruel demise of many a quality restaurant. One of the few exceptions to the rule appears to be four o nine – a restaurant that offers... Read the full review here
“Four O Nine was recently awarded the 2010 Hidden Gem Award (presented at Taste London, Best in Taste Awards) and it’s easy to see why. Glancing at the address, I feel pretty stupid realising the name and street number correspond until it’s nowhere to be seen – hidden, it certainly is! A discreet doorway tucked behind Clapham North. Pressing the buzzer, announcing our arrival and gaining entry, we wonder if we’re walking into a strip joint. But upstairs there are no poles, podiums or... Read the full review here
The four o nine scores on every level! (9 out of 10 stars) by All in London
Having arrived early at Clapham North tube station I was encouraged to see the huge Clapham North pub right in front of me (complete with some active construction/restoration works on the top of the building) – I knew that the 409 restaurant was above it so I thought I’d check out the mojitos in the pub while I waited for my friend. Good mojito. The bar was great too – lots of space, a few tables and chairs outside, some comfortably worn high backed Chesterfield sofas and armchairs in one... Read the full review here
The trout with crab mayonnaise and the venison with salted caramel are exceptional. It's not a very big space, so get in early.... Read the full review here
"When entering via the rather inconspicuous private door just a stone's throw from Clapham North tube, you know that Four o Nine is going to be something special. It's not at all pretentious however, in fact being a wonderful, relaxed restaurant that we think is a great place to take someone you're looking to treat on a date." – match.com