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|Address:||One New Change, St Paul's, London EC4M 9AB|
|Tel:||020 3551 9863|
|Price: £52.00||Wine: £21.00||Champagne: £54.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7am-11pm|
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Gordon Ramsey has told us all (well at the least the hapless owner of the restaurant being that week’s Kitchen Nightmare) that good food, knowledgeable staff, and the right ambience is what makes a restaurant. Well, Dr. Ramsey, heal thyself.
Arriving at the shopping mall entrance of this impressive looking restaurant, we were intentionally half an hour before our table booking to meet our guests at the bar. Having ordered our drinks (Tanqueray gin and tonic, Peroni beer) the waitress came back waving the menu to ask which gin we wanted (err, still Tanqueray) and then came back again to tell us that they were sold out of Peroni. Drinks finally arrived but then further confusion as we tried to add our drinks to the meal (we had to open a credit card tab that would be transferred to the table)
At our table, the initial enthusiasm of the waitress clearly exhausted her as we didn’t see her again for 20 minutes. Still, this left time to mull over what is a very well balanced menu and wine list (even if the wine prices do move faster than usual towards the exorbitant). Looking around the restaurant we noted it was full (Saturday night, 8pm) however the comforting buzz of conversation that one would expect was lost to the bass note of the club music playing in the bar and, bizarrely, piped to the rest of the restaurant.
Food and wine order finally taken. Wine arrives (an accurately described and reasonably priced New Zealand Pinot Noir) with the bread. Things are looking up. Next the food: posh burgers cooked to perfection with equally satisfying sides. We toyed with buying dessert but the thought of the wait to order these coupled with the party feeling increasingly queasy as the bass note of the bar ran through us we decided to leave and get our next course elsewhere.
The now customary delay in spotting our waitress gave one last, long, chance to take in the impressive surroundings, cool décor and scale of the operation. No lack of ambition here.
Bill paid, coats and umbrellas found (I think by now you can guess how long this took), we left via the rather sorry looking street entrance.