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|Address:||49 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AP|
|Tel:||020 7494 0514|
|Price: £42.00||Wine: £15.50||Champagne: £36.95|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12.30-3.30pm 6.30-10.30pm (Mon-Tues -10pm Sun -8pm)|
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I have eaten here a number of times over the past 2-3 years and have never been disappointed. Most recently I came with my girlfriend for a romantic birthday meal, but have also eaten in the past with a group of friends, on a first date and just having randomly walking in.
The food has always been fresh and delicious and the fact the menu changes every month means it's unlikely you'll ever have the same course twice (which can be a shame after a particularly good meal!!). I tend to avoid steak unless I'm actually eating at a steakhouse (oh such a snob) but Aurora is the exception to the rule. I have had a number of duck dishes which have all been excellent. Plenty of vegetarian/fish options available for the non meat-eaters among us too. The wine list is also excellent, though it might be nice to have a few more availabe by the glass rather than just by the bottle.
The place is really laid back (but not horizontal) and not at all pretentious which really helps build a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. The staff are attentive and professional but also up for a joke every now and then. The decor is just right and not distracting or too ‘try hard’. The courtyard in the summer really raises Aurora to another level though – who'd have thought you could sit in an ivy covered garden in the middle of Soho?
And all this at really reasonable prices!
I think Aurora needs to start a fan club with T-shirts and baseball caps and stuff.