DSTRKT is an interesting place. If you read some of the reviews, it gets a bit of a bad rap with comments ranging from it not giving entrance to fat people to having a dislike of black folk. Obviously these are the opinions of some, but we all tend to rely on reviews these days as we manoeuvre through the no end of options for spending our money.
My experience was different. Yes, I am black and in my opinion, sometimes feel a little bloated and nowhere near a size zero. So, taking my B cup, lack of six pack and certainly not dressing like I stepped out of a Lispy catalogue, I ventured over to central London. Commuting is a b*tch. I have said it once and I will say it again, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Islington, Dalston and the city has everything I need being on my doorstep. My regular trips to Essex to see my bestie also has a great selection of things to pass the time with, some of which I have written about. The thing is, how can you have a blog which is postcodist? So, I have to venture out of my comfort zone and is there anything more daring than a place I probably should be apprehensive about because of its ice cold reviews and reality star home .
DSTRKT does not deserve most of the negative words written about it. The welcome was warm, the service was great and the food generous. Yes, you pay a little more, but it’s an experience and a night out. Gorgeous, luxurious surroundings make you feel quite special. On our visit, there were the cutest couple (white guy and black girl) and two mates grabbing some dinner before a bar hop (two black guys). So far, not very racist. Additionally, this was the night of some reality TV awards, so later in the evening there were folk from Ex on the Beach, Love Island and Made in Chelsea. They kept themselves to themselves and it did not impact on my experience. I guess you can have a perception of what these people will be like because of the outlandish things they do on TV, but it was pretty much young normal folk out having fun.
So let’s talk about the food. They offer an Asian menu from an open kitchen you can see from your table which is entertaining. We started with edamame, vegetable spring rolls, chicken satay and delicately coated fried calamari. All really tasty and a good portion size to leave space for mains. For our main courses, there was gorgeous soft shell crab parcels, as well as a selection of maki.
Along with our meal we had some wine, but had to finish off with cocktails. We had an old fashioned and cosmopolitan which had a serious kick to it. No skimping on the alcohol here. That partnered with the creamiest and tastiest cheesecake, was the icing on the cake for the evening.
Dstrkt is definitely a special occasion or night out type of place simply because of the glamorous setting. Great food and good service in a stylish setting.
9 Rupert Street
London W1D 6DG
T. 020 7317 9120