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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Cool, chilled-out outfit underpinned by pure pedigree

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At a glance

Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Okay, it may be called The Ninth, but it’s definitely in our top 10-per-cent category. No mean feat for a first solo venture, but then New York-born chef-patron (and TV regular) Jun Tanaka has over two decades of working in starry kitchens. There’s uncomplicated logic behind the outfit’s name, as it's simply the ninth place he’s worked in, but here he shuns past fine-dining pretension for relaxed, in-vogue good looks and an on-trend menu of stand-out sharing plates that shout precision, flavour and flair. Spread across two floors with a bar on each, the décor scores high in the stripped-back cool stakes, with exposed brick walls, decorated concrete and floorboards, while the space comes littered with eye-catching statement pieces like dangling glass lighting, metal wine cages and wine-glass racks, and arty wall displays of gleaming kitchen utensils. Leather banquettes and café-style chairs provide the chilled-out comforts alongside mahogany or white marble-topped tables. In-trend snacks head up the appealing carte roster, though these (witness knockout oxtail croquettes) are anything but bit-part scene filler, likewise statement vegetable dishes are so much more than ‘sides’ (think beetroot tarte Tatin with feta and fresh walnuts). The light, inspired Mediterranean menu is understandably underpinned by Tanaka’s classic French background, yet bursts with refined simplicity, confidence, flavour and seasonality here. Take grilled pink-perfection lamb cutlets teamed with anchovy and charred hispi cabbage, or perhaps wild sea bass (with a basil crust) accompanied by salsify and tardivo (Italian radicchio). Desserts embrace the classics; take knockout pain perdu served with vanilla ice cream. Otherwise bag the fixed-price lunch menu (a steal for two or three plates at this level), and enjoy service that is fashionably relaxed yet as spot-on as everything else.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Bank holidays
  • Days closed: Sunday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 5.30
  • Dinner served until: 10.30


  • Chef(s): Jun Tanaka

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French, Mediterranean
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 6
  • Wines over £30: 68
  • Wines by the glass: 29

Price guide

  • Starter from: £9
  • Main course from19
  • Dessert from: £9
  • 2-course lunch from: £22
  • 3-course lunch from: £28
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
  • Accessible toilets

Additional information

  • Seats: 84
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 22

Getting here

Nearest train station

Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus
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