A Piccadilly stunner, this beautiful, historic dining room never fails to wow Londoners and tourists alike with its ‘classic, timeless decor’, baroque-style ceilings, marble columns and luxurious soft furnishings – although the food is well worth a punt, too. ‘Surprisingly unpretentious meals’ might yield Earl Grey tea-smoked salmon and eel with horseradish mousse or juicy poached lobster with watermelon and tomato, followed by squid-ink linguine, perfectly grilled steaks and elegant desserts such as white and dark chocolate torte with kumquats and fruit chips. ‘Exceptionally friendly’ staff ferry plates to and from the white-clothed tables, fastidiously scraping up crumbs after every course, while the wine list offers something for casual day trippers and big spenders alike. For a less pocket-pounding experience, try the Brit-accented set menus, which continue to tempt new customers to this ‘almost-hidden gem’.
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