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|Address:||Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA|
|Tel:||020 7201 3833|
|Price: £74.00||Wine: £35.00||Champagne: £75.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm|
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After reading a host of glowing reviews in the newspapers, I couldn't help feeling that there is an element of the Emperor's New Clothes about this restaurant. The food is very good – and you would expect that – but apart from the meat fruit, which is excellent and typical Blumenthal, it does not have the wow factor of the Fat Duck. The pigeon and pork chops we had were expertly done, but the desserts were boring. Frankly, any half decent chef could produce the rhubarb or the chocolate bar and ginger ice cream that we had. The decor is unremarkable and the ambience is of a noisy, big hotel restaurant. Service was superb – informal, friendly, skilled – and the staff genuinely seemed to enjoy working there, which made our meal most enjoyable; but although we had a good meal and enjoyed the experience, we won't be rushing back. This is a place to bring clients or friends, certainly not a romantic venue and if you can't hear dinner companions when there's background noise, don't bother coming. All in all, a bit of a disappointment after all the praise it won upon opening. P.S. – £150 a head and no amuse bouche? Come on Heston, give us some nibbles to accompany our expensive aperitifs!