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|Address:||61 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6LX|
|Tel:||020 3641 5836|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Thurs 7am-11pm Fri-Sat 8am-12M (Fri 7am- )|
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It has been a while since I had last lunched here, but it was for a similar scenario and with another work counterpart, who was also taking advantage of the proximity of Franco's to their offices just off the Pall Mall.
On the surface much seemed the same and all was well certainly, starting from the reasonably cheerful welcome at the reception, to my arrival at the table where my host was already seated and waiting with his bloody mary. I promptly followed by ordering a virgin mary which came quickly as the service was cordial and efficient.
However when the food started to arrive it was then that I felt something must have been awry. The specials starter of artichoke and bottarga pasta was distinctly bland, so much so that I really had to try adding pepper, salt and olive oil, somehow anticipating that a sort of tipping point would suddenly come about, releasing flavours which were in some way hidden. But unfortunately I was not enlightened however much I tried.
And so to the main which was the fish and again this was just adequate really, rather than what should be an inspired sea bass fillet. There were some sides which were probably the best part of the meal that day, but part of me was wondering if the chef was perhaps on his annual ski break.
Franco's remains a pleasant and slick enough venue, and though I was not the host that day and thus not the paymaster, I recall that is is a suitably pricey place in keeping with its Mayfair surrounds.
And so I was disappointed overall, but given my previous visit had been much more impressive, I may yet still give it a chance (to redeem itself) or rather, not refuse the invite of another work counterpart, if Franco's is to be their choice of venue again.