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|Address:||69-71 Dean Street, London W1D 3SE|
|Tel:||020 7434 1775|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £47.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 7am-12M (Sat 8am- ) Sun 8am-11pm|
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Very disappointing Sunday brunch with friends from New York who had heard about and were interested to experience what Dean St was all about. Having spent a couple of atmospheric evenings there for dinner previously, we were confident of an enjoyable time. But it let us down on a number of fronts: awful bank table right next to the kitchen – with crashing and banging of plates and glasses the whole meal, indifferent service from what seemed to be 3 or 4 different servers, an unusually long wait between courses, and most unfortunately – decidedly off form food. Portions were mean – anchovies on toast a joke really and decidedly empty-looking chicken pies once the crust was broken though. Roast chicken which is usually very good was not cooked fully through, and beetroot salad that looked like they had to stretch the ingredients so as not to run out before dinner. The bread, however was excellent – warm, fresh and plentiful – but not enough to make up for a poor meal. It seems perhaps Dean St is becoming a victim of its success – and the attention to detail that a place like this simply has to deliver sitting after sitting has slipped well below a level we've come to expect. We may go back once more, but if things haven't improved considerably from today's experience it will be our last.