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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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Absolutely flawless meal last night. We had the seven course tasting menu, normally £75 but £100pp because we sat at the Kitchen Library table ie a small room directly opposite the pass in the kitchen.
First they brought numerous different canapes / mini starters which were, almost without exception, superb. The execution was immaculate. Then seven courses followed, all of which I loved – some very impressive cooking, exquisitely prepared. A great mix of innovative cooking (eg nettle gnocchi) with traditional British/Irish ingredients and flavours. Presentation was excellent: every dish looked beautiful with vibrant colours and garnishes.
They really served a lot of food, some of it very rich, so you have to be quite a gourmand to get through it all – I felt like I was going to pop.
The Kitchen Library table was a fantastic experience: a banquette seating six directly opposite the kitchen so you could see all the action (and hear it too…). I've been to one chef's table before (the Connaught) and this was better: you could see everything being plated up and listen in on the banter between chef, brigade and wait staff. You are served not by waiters but by the chefs themselves, who briefly explain each dish and give you a bit of blurb about the ingredients.
Attentive and charming service, with everyone seemingly going out of their way to make us feel welcome. Corrigan popped his head round the door to say hi (shortly before giving one of the brigade a massive telling-off – very funny). Only minor complaint on the service front was that the sommelier was a bit too keen to keep refilling our glasses but I guess you can't have it both ways – better that than they leave the wine in the ice bucket all night.
Not cheap: 15% service to sit at the chef's table, plus you have to look quite hard to find wines under £40. But for food this good, and an overall restaurant experience that makes you feel like you're living the high life, the bill wasn't too painful.