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|Address:||10 Bow Church Yard, London EC4M 9DQ|
|Tel:||020 3589 3926|
|Price: £40.00||Wine: £18.50||Champagne: £39.95|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 11am-11pm|
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I went for lunch there for second time in a month and that just confirmed in my mind what a poor restaurant this is. The venue itself is great but the service is distinctly average and the food poor.
When arriving the waitress omitted to tell us what the chefs special was and that the duck had sold out which of course I only discovered when I tried to order the duck! quite how a restaurant can run out of duck at 12:30 when there were only 3 other tables occupied is beyond me. I ordered the veal escalope with tagliatelle instead with goats cheese and marintaed beetroot to start.
The presentation of the starter was interesting. Lumps of obviously packet goats cheese lined up alternating with the beetroot which incidentally was NOT marinated at all. When I ordered it I asked for a sprinkling of hazelnuts which were part of another dish. When it arrived they'd used walnuts which is fine but why didnt they just say they were doing that. The lettuce was nice but the cheese was awful and beetroot tasteless.
My main course of veal escalope was dripping in oil. Now I know its fried but that doesn't mean that it has to be oozing with oil. As for the tagliatelle, well my 11 year old could have made a better tomato sauce.
I didn't bother with dessert, I could couldn't face the inevitable disappointment. I did have a coffee though, supposedly an espresso.
After lunch we went upstairs ot the bar. I tried ordering a coffee but was told “the machines have been turned off”. Oh dear.
Its a great venue but the food is very expensive for what it is. Reading other reviewers mentioning they've been coming here for 30+ years tells me 2 things :-
1/ the quality of the menu and cooking are straight from the 1980's 2/ they are obviously relying on their past reputation
Both times I've been there the restaurant has been nearly empty which is not a surprise.
Great potential but poorly executed. I will NOT be back.