Neil Frame 07/01/70


Dorsia has unfortunately now closed down.

Dorsia | Kensington Restaurant

“I believe in taking care of myself, and a balanced diet and a rigorous exercise routine. In the morning, if my face is a little puffy, I’ll put on an ice pack while doing my stomach crunches. I can do a thousand now”.

The 2000 film “American Psycho”, a satire on the materialism and opulence of the 1980s, starred Christian Bale as the young and successful banker Patrick Bateman. His only problem, other than some slight psychological issues explored throughout the film, was obtaining reservations at Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurant: Dorsia.

“Christy, take off your robe”.

Eleven years on and Dorsia, a private member’s club, bar and restaurant is soon due to open in South Kensington. With an original launch date planned for May, the £2.4 milllion refurbishment of the large Georgian townhouse at 3 Cromwell Road (previously Firehouse bar) is now expected to complete at the end of August.

“Sabrina, why don’t you dance a little”.

To give you the heads up on what to expect, we took an exclusive early tour of the venue.  Wandering through the townhouse with designer George Rose and one of the club’s two founders – ex-Amika and Boujis man, Fraser Caurruthers – their passion for the project was palpable.

The ground floor, featuring a restored and sparkling marble floor, houses the main bar where guests can enjoy cocktails designed by two of Europe’s leading mixologists, Gillgren and Olsson.  Ascend the grand red and black staircase and you’ll be surrounded by mirrors, artwork and chandeliers that represent an opulence even Pat Bateman would be impressed by.  Head through a second bar area you’ll enjoy a meal from head chef Alexander Baillieu in an intimate, black and white 40-cover restaurant featuring artwork by Sally Colbert and huge sash windows overlooking the V&A.

“Get a god-damn job Al”.

Down to the basement and an intimate nightclub with deep-buttoned walls, soft edges, secret alcoves and gold-framed mirrors. On seeking out the marble bathrooms remember: the red light means girls, and the blue light means boys.

“Duct tape. I need it for… taping something”.

Founder Fraser Carruthers envisions a place that is stylish and discreet, warm and welcoming, but not as being for a particular “type”.  An exclusive environment, certainly, but one that’s open to all to come and experience – if you reserve your table early enough.

Membership is not required to visit, but it does offer priority dinner reservations and priority access to the nightclub, as well as exclusive perks and invitations throughout the year.

Ok, we have to return some videotapes.

Dorsia | 3 Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 2HR

Dorsia has now closed down.


3 Cromwell Road, London, Kensington (SW7), SW7 2HR