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|Address:||5a Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3EP|
|Tel:||020 7434 1500|
|Price: £59.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 7am-1am (Sat 8am- ) Sun 8am-12N|
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This is everything you will have read and heard. Slick and glitzy are indeed the best words to describe it but this is not form over substance.
Clients are a combination of sharp-suited city/ hedge fund types, very well-heeled local leisured class and international beau monde. This was a business dinner for me and the restaurant feel was buzzing and lively which sometimes meant we had to speak at a slightly higher volume than felt appropriate to compete with surrounding tables.
We booked for 9pm but couldn’t be accommodated until close to 10pm. It was still well worth the wait and the volume of diners passing through hadn’t diluted the quality of the food in any way.
Both my starter of Salt Cod and main course of crab ravioli were both full of fresh flavour and whilst I knew the sauce with the ravioli was verging on being a little too rich for me I just couldn’t stop until I had done it total justice. Just as I thought I could take no more, I cast an eye over the dessert menu and, well…you can’t come to a highly renowned Italian restaurant and not have the Tiramasu. It was the perfect consistency – moist, yielding and almost slightly sloppy in parts (sorry there’s probably a technical foodie term I should use but “sloppy” is just how a like a tiramisu to be), deliciously rich (again), and impossible to leave.
I can’t believe I hadn’t dined here before because it really is a superb restaurant and can play host for any occasion – business lunch/ dinner, social, special occasion/ anniversary.
Book well in advance and you will not regret it.