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|Address:||Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF|
|Tel:||020 7871 0460|
|Price: £49.00||Wine: £27.00||Champagne: £64.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7-10am (Sat-Sun -10.30am) 12N-4pm 6-10.30pm|
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After much hype, I found Corner Room somewhat disappointing. The rather austere, brightly lit room desperately needs to be full and buzzing to provide atmosphere, yet sadly only 3 table were occupied, giving the feeling of a schoolhouse dining hall. The service was extremely friendly, albeit not overly attentive, and our waitress delightful – however by own admission she knew nothing of the wines on the very short list (just 5 red/5 white) – all of which were rather leftfield choices and, having tried 3 of them, we were hugely unimpressed. The food I would describe as “good”, but little more; whilst beautifully presented, the “smoked yolk” in the steak tartare totally overpowered all other flavours and although the duck was cooked superbly well, the accompanying risotto was slightly underdone and a trifle bland. In short, I wouldn't rush back: £200 for 4 people (2 courses each; 3 bottles of wine) is by no means ridiculous but aside from the food's presentation, for less than this you can eat similarly well but in a better atmosphere and with a substantially preferable selection of wines in many decent gastropubs.