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|Address:||28 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7EH|
|Tel:||020 7499 9943|
|Price: £68.00||Wine: £27.00||Champagne: £79.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri, Sun 12N-2.45pm (Sun -3.45pm) Mon-Sun 6-10.30pm (Sun -9.15pm)|
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I'll admit it – I absolutely love Richard Corrigan's cooking. Big, hearty flavours, not afraid of being adventurous, always follows the seasonality charts, and above is never afraid of standing up for his beliefs and making big, bold statements.
His Mayfair restaurant had its wobbles early on, but from my last two visits there I can only see and say that things have improved immeasurably, to the point that every part verges on almost perfect. The service, for one, really is exceptional, from the lovely friendly staff at reception through to the bartenders and waiters. Even the head waiter, who I originally thought had something stuffed up where it shouldn't be, had relaxed and was much more convivial.
Food as ever was sensational – great beef with the most exquisite red anchovy butter. Supreme tea roasted veal sweetbreads. Just epic in every way. Desserts were equally impressive with the lychee mousse exceptionally light and well balanced. I love the wine list too – deservedly Wine List of the Year 2010 at the Imbibe Awards. However I think the wine list at The Penny Black Restaurant in Chelsea that I went to a few nights ago might run it very close for ease of reading, description and choice.
Pricey though – actually really at the top end of expensive. But in my opinion worth every penny. And if you get to chat to Richard as I did over the bar, you'll understand completely the direction from which he attacks the restaurant industry.