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|Address:||Bleeding Heart Yard, London EC1N 8SJ|
|Tel:||020 7768 6456|
|Price: £55.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm|
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Had a business dinner at Bleeding Heart restaurant end April 09. I've been there several times in the past and always been very impressed with virtually every aspect of the place. As usual the place was nearly full, it seemed with similar groups of business types.
The atmosphere was good, if a little loud, as we were seated next to a table of 12. The downstairs setting is superb and really sets the scene for a great meal. It was a strange night for service, however. We arrived early at around 6.40 before the place filled up and no-one seemed to know who was serving us. We were asked by two different waitresses if we wanted an aperitif and then by a different 2 waitresses if we wanted water! At several times during the meal the waitresses misunderstood what we were asking for and we had to repeat ourselves several times. Despite this they seemed to speak decent English (they were all French) and maybe it was the loud atmosphere which was the problem. It's certainly better to be over-serviced than not to be able to catch a waiter's eye. So I'd give them the benefit of the doubt as they were friendly.
The menu looked impressive as always but the food, when it came was disappointing. Service was suprisingly quick (not necessarily a complaint and as I said we were ahead of the rush). My rabbit and fois gras boudin with green peas was bland and not particularly appetising to look at. Disappointing. My colleagues both had Goat’s Cheese Beignets on Confit Baby Fennel and Roast Cherry Tomato and seemed satisfied.
For mains, I had Assiette of Suckling Pig: Roast Loin, Confit Shoulder en Kromeski and Faggot with Potato Blinis. At £18.95 it was again disappointing. The confit was OK but very dry, the faggot was probably the best bit, although very small and the roast loin a bit tasteless. The potato blinis were very oniony and didn't go with the pork. I left most of it. My colleagues had the steak and were happy with their choices so maybe I just chose badly. However, the pig is supposed to be a signature dish of the house.
Happily the cheese board was up to its usually high standards – particularly the runny smelly cheeses!
The wine list was also to its usual high standard and we had a couple of bottles of very good Rhone.
So in summary a disappointing return to the Bleeding Heart. I wouldn't rush back but will give it another try at some point. Much prefer Cafe du Marche which is nearby on current form.