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|Address:||The Halkin, 5 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DJ|
|Tel:||020 7333 1234|
|Price: £79.00||Wine: £35.00||Champagne: £70.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 12N-2pm (Sat 12.30pm- ) Mon-Sun 6.30-10pm|
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To start with the conclusion (sorry for ruining the suspense), what a disappointment given all the expectations around this new opening. In fact this was one of the most hyped about new openings in recent times
OK so to go along in full order and details. It starts off with one of the most underwhelming dinning room atmospheres as of late. What an awful design and layout which makes most airports or train stations almost cosy and inviting by comparison. The service is actually rather nice and tries to be helpful.
Now to the main part, the food: not that it would be bad but you feel rather underwhelmed by the dishes. Also while it should be about the taste, some dishes look better in their “raw” presentation than the final product. As example there is an egg to chicken dish which looks pretty, tastes quite good as well but once mixed up (as suggested) looks like a total mess and kitchen disaster rather than a high-end dish.
As a side note – while the tasting menu (which I assume most people will go for at their initial visit) is very pricey for what is ok but not outstanding food, the wine pairing seems good value at first glance (around £40 surcharge). But be aware, as this turns into a bit of extra money spinner as they don't serve separate wines with each course but rather have some wine meant to last for several courses (but not neccessarily telling you that upfront so you end up ordering extra or be without wine).
Overall I have to confess that I was expecting a lot more and left the evening rather unimpressed and unlikely to return. A shame as you do get at times a glimpse of what this place could be – and that would have been a worthy addition to the dinning scene in London