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|Address:||79 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HN|
|Tel:||020 3589 1686|
|Price: £45.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £53.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm, 5pm-11pm, Sat 12N-11pm, Sun 12N-10pm|
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From the start I should be honest and say that I went to Foxtrot Oscar as a part of the London Restaurant Week (which is actually a fortnight) via lastminute.com. I decided to come here as I ate at the Narrow earlier in the year which is another Ramsay pub and I leave much nearer to this place. I completely accept that I may not have benefitted from the breadth of the a la carte menu as I witnessed food being delivered to other customers. Nonetheless we were provided with a small menu which had two options per course (3 courses).
The venue is not difficult to find especially if you know where Gordon's Royal Hospital Road restaurant is. The decor is interesting with heavy drapes as you enter and dark interior. It is a lot smaller than the Narrow which enjoys a larger bar area and decking for al fresco dining — no such options exist here. It is however small but not cramped.
I had a veal and pork pie to start and my friend has a vichyssoises. My pie was actually a slice of pie, more like a slice of terrine wrapped in pastry on three edges with a chutney. This was rather enjoyable and I was disappointed at the end with the smaller helping, my friend thoroughly enjoyed her soup. She had the chicken and mushroom pie for a main which came with generous (not northern generous but London generous) amounts of flaky pastry and I had two rather nice (but again small) fishcakes accompanied with salad. We both had dessert, she had a chocolate brownie with ice cream and I had a treacle tart slice which was thoroughly enjoyable.
I would definitely go back to Foxtrot Oscar. I don't think that is compares easily to The Narrow or other gastropubs that I have been too. Despite the food that arrived, it wouldn't say that it is gusty gastropub food and walks that fine line between gastropub delivered in clean lines like fine dining. We did not see the wine selection so I cannot comment on this.
I thought the service was attentive and not smothering like The Narrow and despite the small restaurant I did not feel like I was sitting with another couple at the same time. While this was probably the ‘simplest’ place I visited during London Restaurant Week it is probably the only one that I would go back to. It is very casual. Think knitwear, collared shirts, jeans and brown shoes — probably befitting of the residence in the area. It is a cozy place which was great for a catch up with a friend on a Tuesday night.