Decent but a little pricey for what you get. Pub menu and atmosphere with restaurant prices...
If you want a great experience for breakfast I am not sure I would choose Habit. It's probably better as an evening venue. It smelt of beer and was still being cleaned from the previous night's festivities when we arrived for brunch at 10:30 on a week day. We were the only ones. The food was basic but nice, as was the service. We all ordered the avocado on toast with a poached egg.. and it was exactly that, with no frills. 4 slices of avocado... I think they stretched 1 avocado between all 4 of us. It was reasonably priced for the location... central London.
This is part of the Davy's wine bar chain, situated next to Fenchurch Street station. As such, I would have expected people in the bar on a Friday night. Instead there were a small group watching the football on TV and nothing else.
We had the dining area to ourselves (noone else ate there the entire evening) and yet my companion's burger was still burnt when served and had to be sent back.
My food was fine but it spoilt the evening somewhat in that we weren't actually eating together!
The only saving grace was the service was good - the waitress was also covering the bar, so I dread to think what might have happened if the place had been busy!! - and the 2-4-1 offer on food (although - again - we did need to point this out as the original bill did not include the discount).
Can't beat the 2 4 1 deal especially with meat
Food was good and reasonably priced but lacked atmosphere. Staff were nice and friendly.
Davy's wine bars have been a part of the London scene for more than 30 years. They have a deserved reputation for good wine and well-cooked simple fare. We were disappointed, though, in Habit.
The decor is typical of Davy's, having the appearance of what I imagine a city coffee house might have been like. There are plenty of oak and barrels about the place. There are bar and restaurant areas with lots of alcoves and semi private rooms. In times gone by, a Davy's would have been jam packed at 8 o'clock on a Friday evening but there were just four people watching TV in the bar area, a group of six dining in one of the rooms and my wife and me. It is true the Rio Olympics on TV were a counter attraction but ...
The menu is basic and brief. We chose crab toast to start. This comprised two slices of barely toasted bread spread with marie rose sauce and piled high with crab meat. The whole thing was topped with a fennel, avocado and chilli concoction which in colour was grey to the point of looking unappetising, and whilst it did not taste unpleasant, the fennel masked the avocado. Our main course was fish and thrice cooked chips. The fish was fine, although the batter could have been crispier and the portion larger. Cooking chips three times is something of a foodie fad that is fast becoming a cliche. The chips were soggy and waxy rather than crispy and fluffy inside. The accompanying mushy peas were well minted and tasty but an unfortunate luminous green in colour.
Service was prompt and cheerful seemingly in apology for the lack of ambience.
The bill, including a glass of wine each was a reasonable enough £50. I can't help feeling, though, there is better to be had elsewhere for not much more money. I hope Davy's can put some quality into the food and some vibrancy into the atmosphere and that in so doing they would attract more customers and create a venue that would capture some of the popularity of Davy's from the 1980s.
This was my first visit - all in all it was pretty good. Will be back...
We had the private room which was really nice to be in. The food was really tasty, just unfortunate that they had run out of some of the dishes due to lunch time bookings.
We really enjoyed ourselves and the fantastic wine list. Would recommend it!
Sea Bass was very nice. You could also get beers in tankards
We went there on Christmas eve and I guess we could have made a better choice.
I'm sure it is great for lunch, but it wasn't good for evening. Only two tables were occupied and some of the food on the menu was not avalable.
The waiter was a bit impatient at first but became very talkative after we ordered.
Caught up with an old friend, excellent service and food. Good value for money, although wine choices were limited that day. Normally excellent.