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|Address:||36 The Cut, London SE1 8LP|
|Tel:||020 7928 9898|
|Price: £39.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -5pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm|
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I went here with a girlfriend for Sunday lunch, which I was really looking forward to as I have heard good things about this place in the past (although admittedly, more recent reviews are much less complimentary). I booked us a table and was told it was a set menu, served at 2pm and was £32 per head. Pretty expensive I thought but hopefully worth it. When we arrived the staff were lovely, really friendly. A good start. Then they started serving lunch. So starters were a mixture of things. Octopus on Kos lettuce was dry, rubbery and just tasted of pickling vinegar; the roasted tomatoes were bland and I couldn't have the asparagus with ricotta as I don't eat ricotta. I asked them if they could do me some asparagus without the ricotta and got a swift “no”. My friend and are were still famished after the starters so were really looking forward to the main course – roast kid with wild garlic and fennel. The waiter then arrives with a cereal bowl of meat and puts it between us. No vegetables, no potatoes, nothing. Just a cereal bowl of meat for us to share. We divvied it up and it just looked pathetic on our huge plates, just a couple of pieces of meat and some chickpeas. It tasted OK, but nothing amazing. Dessert was cheesecake, which I couldn't eat, so they rather begrudgingly gave me a piece of cheese and some oatcakes. We were both still really hungry afterwards. We had two glasses of wine each (for some reason served in tiny water tumblers) and the bill was £80, without service. I have to say this is the most disappointing meal that i have ever had and felt outraged at having to pay so much for so little. No joke, the ingredients must have cost no more than a few quid per head and we were paying £40 each. We just wanted a nice Sunday lunch with the all the trimmings. Avoid this place at all costs if you want a traditional roast. They are so trading on their old reputation that they think they can serve you rubbish like this and charge the earth for it.