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|Address:||1 Poultry, London EC2R 8EJ|
|Tel:||020 3589 2081|
|Price: £58.00||Wine: £21.50||Champagne: £52.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30-10am 11.30am-3pm 5.30-10pm Sat-Sun 12N-10pm (Sun -3pm)|
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This used – a couple of years ago and under Conran's management – to be a reliably up-market City venue for lunching clients. Under the D&D banner it looks the same but is a shabby version of what it was.
Whilst the staff are pleasant and eager to please, they lack the finesse of their highly-experienced predecessors. The sommelier's oversized shirt allowed a generous glimpse of his chest hair – entirely unnecessary – while he recommended a very decent wine.
The dish of the day halibut was undercooked, grey and flabby whilst the tuna was overcooked and dry and the french beans similarly overcooked. Food appearance was good.
I had requested an outside table, weather permitting, but this was not mentioned when we arrived and we were in the main room – early in the lunchtime sitting and with more than 8 outside tables available. Used to be worth the money. Can't say the same any more.