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|Address:||10 Greek Street, London W1D 4DH|
|Tel:||020 7734 4677|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11.30pm|
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Our first visit on a busy Saturday lunchtime today, and despite an early booking the place was very busy and very noisy by the time we left. The place is small and a bit cramped- truth to tell probably not quite enough space for the tables they have there, and thats not many.
That aside the service was pretty good- not super-friendly- there wasn't really time for that- but certainly very polite and efficient. We had bread and water at the table within moments of sitting down , and whilst the pace wasn't rushed it was by no means leisurely. Which brings me to my only real gripe. If you want a relaxing lunch for a quiet chat with friends or partner, you might want to think about whether the closeness of your fellow-diners and the noise level are consistent with “relaxing”. OTOH if you want a buzzy, convivial sort of place with everyone trying to make sure they get heard, you'll love it.
The food is shown on blackboards . Some dishes are starter sized, some main course sized and some come as either. Its not a huge list. We never got to know about the selection of small plates, because they weren't on a blackboard and the rolled -up menu on our table was a wine list. A comment on the wine. We ordered a half bottle each of their lowest prices white ( a Vermentino) and their cheapest red( a Sicilian). Both these were very enjoyable indeed and they don't charge more for two halves than for a bottle.
Now, our food. We both enjoyed our starters – my wife with soup and me with a small portion of red wine risotto with nicely charred Treviso and burrata. Likewise the mains of monkfish cheeks wrapped in bacon with lentils: and confit of duck with butternut squash and celeriac. Potatoes always seemed to be extra and there was only boiled new on offer. We both felt the same about our dishes- decent but not outstanding, certainly nothing to distinguish this restaurant from many others. Absolutely nothing to complain about, but nothing particularly to remember either. The bill, with coffee and good breads with oil(no butter) came to £74 with service, which we thought was about right for what we had.
Go again? Possibly not. There's nothing much wrong with this restaurant that a bit bigger premises wouldn't put right, but there's not so much that's great about it that I'd forgo a favourite, or the chance to try somewhere new to return there. Its fine- its just not special either in absolute terms, or by comparison with its peer group.