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|Address:||1 Upper James Street, London W1F 9DF|
|Tel:||020 3145 1000|
|Price: £60.00||Wine: £26.50||Champagne: £66.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-11pm Sat 5.30-10pm|
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A friend and I stumbled upon this place on early on a recent Saturday afternoon and we were intrigued to find such an interesting looking, well fitted out place in the middle of Soho.
First impressions were good – the interior is fitted out in a quality, stylish deco-ish manner, bordering on ostentatious but not vulgar. We were led to a booth by a waiter dressed in a powder pink jacket with peaked lapels. Very Beverley Hills circa 1932. Except this is Soho in 2009, so while a charming unifrom, I wasn't sure if I could take it seriously. Perhaps I wasn't meant to. The place was pretty quiet at the time, but I suspect the ambience is pretty congenial once it gets busier.
The menu has a great looking range of English cafe fare and I opted for Eggs Benedict, which I feel is always a good test of a kitchen – its a simple dish but quite easy to do poorly. My lunch partner opted for Eggs Arlington which is Benedict but with salmon rather than ham. My Benedict was very good – the hollandaise was near perfect and the eggs just the right side of being underdone. My lunch partner's eggs, he said, could have done with another minute – they were too much on the runny side. Passing on wine, we had two bottles of mineral water.
We followed up with cappuccinos and passed on pudding. Service was attentive and smooth, but we didn't try the cute “press for champagne” on the side of our booth. I think that's the sort of thing I'd only use if I were there with my girlfriend, maybe not even then.
The bill for this was just on £50. In my view, not great, but not bad value. I'll certainly be back. If it takes off it might replace the Wolesley as my favourite breakfast venue – but that would be hard.