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|Address:||41 Conduit Street, London W1S 2YQ|
|Tel:||020 7183 6425|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £57.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 6.30-10.30am 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm Sat 7-11am 12.30-2.30pm 6-10.30pm Sun 7-11am 12.30-12M|
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We got off to a disastrous start due to my inability to operate a 24 hour clock. On arrival at 7.30pm they had no record of my reservation, only after much searching to find I had booked for 7.30am (yes apparently they are open for breakfast). After a couple of minutes stand off they found us a table and everything else was really rather good.
The room itself is a cross between the Wolseley and Scotts – it has an old school look with red banquettes, chandeliers, mosaic tiles, dark wood, big mirrors etc., but somehow feels modern and I liked it far more than either of the previously mentioned restaurants.
Service is fine, a slightly long wait for drinks and our initial order to get taken, but otherwise not a single complaint.
Atmosphere was good – no music other than some slightly odd Parisian accordion accompaniment, but the tables are properly spaced so you get privacy, its utterly spotless and they’d managed to get the air con set exactly right so that on one of the hottest days of recent years it all felt just so.
The food is the real star – perhaps not surprisingly given Eric Chavot’s history with Michelin stars. I started with smoked salmon – perfectly pink, ripe slices, served with gravlax dressing and a potato salad – all very simple, but really high quality ingredients prepared to a high standard. This was followed by Côte de porc, honey and mustard – a really decent sized portion, wonderfully smoky charred flavours accompanied by a roasted apple, and a side dish of French fries, again a very generous helping. Dessert was the least exciting course – I had Coupe de fraises, nothing wrong with it other perhaps than this was the first course where the portion was tiny, but it was just unexciting – the Wolseley manage to make a real treat from the simplest desserts and others could definitely learn from that.
Value for money was definitely good – 3 courses, wine, water, another drink each and service came in around £75 per head.
Will I return? Yes 100%, again and again – it’s a real find and anyone looking for really decent, good value food in Mayfair should book themselves a table now – just learn the difference between am and pm so your evening doesn’t start like mine.