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|Address:||224 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HP|
|Tel:||020 7930 0488|
|Price: £53.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £47.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 5.30-11.30pm (Sun- 9pm)|
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It's been many many years since I last dined at the Criterion and yet again I'm wondering why. Centrally located, opulent and glitzy – The acoustics from the high ceiling create a wonderfully buzzy atmosphere. I love the old school outlook – starting with the charming staff and the luxurious decor.
The food highlights the best of British with many comforting and deliciously rich favourites. A starter of Foie gras torchon, tomato & onion relish, port reduction, brioche was very good – smooth and rich and gave little feeling of decadence, likewise the Native lobster & wild salmon ravioli, bisque was real treat and it was a bit of a struggle to keep room for the White & dark chocolate tart, praline mousse, kumquat compote for dessert (although I managed).
Personally I feel the new ownership will reignite interest – actually judging from the full lunch sitting I saw, it already has. The Criterion has so much to offer and is absolutely ideal for a pre or post theatre dinner. Prices are excellent considering the prime location and I'm a little surprised they are not higher considering all the polishing that must be done! After 134 years it's good to see an institution still going strong.