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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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I wanted to wait to write my reveiw until I'd visited twice. I knew the first time I was going to be too over excited and love it so much I would have gushed without thinking.
It still rates as one of the most enjoyable dining experiences I've ever had but thought I'd add a bit of balance to the hype.
Things I love:
Sommelier reccomendations on the front of the wine list, they've been excellent and saves trawling through the mammonth wine list when you're trying to focus on your guest. The female Hungarian sommelier is fantastic too.
The staff, smiley and genuinely excited to work there. It shows. Not stiff and too formally ‘French’ either which I'm pleased to see is going out of fashion. I love chatting with staff about the food, the restaurant etc, some may find them too informal but it's definitely a highlight for me.
It's exceptional. And excellent value for what you get in my opinion. Highlights include meat fruit (someone on the table has to have it) the rice and flesh risotto is also superb and I highly recommend it. Powered duck, cod in cider and the pork chop were all fantastic as well. Tipsy cake is really something special as is the chocolate bar but I found the taffety tart very peculiar. Extreme aniseed flavour and slightly salted too, without any real sweetness to balance it I just found it weird.
Things I don't like!
On the second occasion we were served by a smiley lady whose English wasn't as sharp as her colleagues and she took a deep breath before launching into a ‘Themenuisbasedonhistoricalenglishdishes…’ speech which was reminiscent of a ‘Have you been to a Harvester before’? It didn't feel as genuine as the previous visit. As mentioned in another review another waitress did a ‘sorry to interupt’ when it wasn't really necessary to come to the table. As mentioned, if you have to say ‘sorry to interupt’ you haven't timed it right and that's what high end restaurants should be able to do with ease. Pretty minor gripes though
THE MANDARIN BAR!!!
Is awful, other reviewers are spot on. It's not linked to the restaurant, it's not staffed by the ‘Dinner’ team and can affect the start or put a sour taste in your mouth after an amazing meal. Just stay at your table for digestives.
Getting a table?
It's worth remembering that while they are booked until 2015 I think it's mainly for evening sittings. Chance your arm with a lunchtime and you should get lucky!