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|Address:||Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7UT|
|Tel:||020 7620 7272|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £20.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2pm Sun 12.30-3.30pm Mon-Sun 5.30-10.30pm|
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My wife and I wanted a quiet dinner after work last Tuesday so I chose Joel's Brasserie having visited before and enjoyed it. Situated amongst the glamorous colour, space and bustle of the Park Plaza Hotel at Westminster Bridge, Joel's is located just off the main reception area on the 1st floor and offers a peaceful setting. We were booked for 6:45pm so the restaurant was fairly empty but it soon filled up with a mixture of families (presumably staying at the hotel) and couples. We were shown to a table for two but the banquette seating was too low which resulted in one of us literally looking down on the other ( I am not saying which of us in case my wife reads this ! ). We explained this to the waiter and he re-seated us at a table with normal upright chairs. The service throughout was good with 3 waiters attending to us. The food is essentially French/European and is high quality. We opted for the pre-theatre menu (2 courses for £16.95) which had a nice choice of starters and mains. I opted for the Cauliflower Veloute which was smooth and flavoursome with a neat addition of Sesame Oil. My main was Gilthead Bream Filet on Celeriac Mash which was beautifully cooked with succulent fish and crispy skin. My wife was equally pleased with her Smoked Salmon followed by Piglet Belly. We also ordered sides of sautéed spinach and french fries which, to be honest, we could have done without as the mains came with plenty of their own vegetable additions. Also they included a selection of warm breads with d'Issigny butter which were too delicious to be ignored. The half carafe (500ml) of Touraine Sauvignon was elegant but perhaps a tad pricey at £24.95. The total bill including wine and service was £74 which is reasonable for the quality of food and service and could be reduced if you cut down on sides and wine choices.