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|Address:||63-64 Frith Street, London W1D 3JW|
|Tel:||020 3551 9855|
|Price: £46.00||Wine: £19.50||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sun -3pm) Mon-Sat 5-10.45pm (Fri-Sat -11.15pm) Sun 5.30-10.30pm|
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We were a party of 6 for Saturday dinner, booked ages ago but still heavily reminded that our reservation was from 8 until 10pm when they called on the eve to confirm the booking. We actually arrrived somewhat earlier hoping to get a drink at the bar beforehand but only to be greeted somewhat frostily (definitely in keeping with the outside climate) by the receptionist (her tone and manner were such that “greeter” would be way beyond the trade description act) with “bar's fully booked” and then a somewhat reluctant, “but your table's ready so you can have drinks there if you want”. Our coats were then collected somewhat begrudgingly by another sour faced helpmate and we were led into the somewhat narrow room where our table did indeed wait.
Fortunately the evening picked up no end from this low point. Our waiter was an absolute joy – efficient but not hurried, professional but very friendly. The food was nigh on faultless, including the theatre that is their take on bouillbaisse. One of our party is a French native and although she had never seen a DIY version of the dish served in a restaurant before she did agree that it was quite a spectacle although she did get somewhat sniffy about the inclusion of a lone potato – clearly not de rigueur as an ingredient back in France. The absolute triumph however has to be the tarte tartin – my bettter half is trying to perfect his homemade version and now has perfection to aim for, such was the quality of the dish before us. A small quibble – neither of us fancied the creme fraiche that accompanied the dish and asked if we could have ice cream – not a problem, we were assured. The tiny scoop of said ice cream looked somewhat lonely alongside the mound of pudding (a dish for two, but could have easily served four) so perhaps a refusal of our request may have been a kinder option.
We were finally asked to vacate our table at 10:30 which was fine as we had by then just finished coffee. It would have been interesting to see what they would have done had they needed the table at 10 as we had barely finished dessert by then.
All in all a wonderful meal, tarnished somewhat by the aloofness and borderline rudeness of the peripheral staff. I wouldn't rush back because of this, but if someone else invited me, I don't think I'd turn it down…