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|Address:||St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY|
|Tel:||020 3641 8317|
|Price: £63.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £53.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30 (Fri -3pm) 6-10.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)|
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With the recent star awarded to Galvin La Chapelle, The Square Mile now holds a trio of starred establishments, the accolade yet to be achieved by L’Anima, The Bleeding Heart and Lutyens. Expectations were high.
My first impression was very positive, the restaurant is in a converted school chapel with no expense spared fit out and dramatic vaulted ceilings. I arrived at their well stocked bar and am served with a well made G&T and small bowl of Olives and Nuts. Following a quick aperitif we were shown to our table and brought an ‘appetiser’ of the same bar Olives and shortly after, two bread options. Brown or – Olive. Unfortunately our (very friendly) Italian waiter’s grasp of English was so rudimentary that any questions around the menu were simply met with a single enthusiastic ‘fabulous’ – so we just ordered, both something fabulous apparently. Well done us.
Starters arrived, quickly. My guests Pressed Guinea Fowl was apparently very good, although I was unable to detect any crustacean in my Lasagne of Dorset crab with velouté of chanterelles, the veloute itself did have a teffific smooth and creamy texture. Starters finished and my £32 côte de boeuf with potato fondant looked decidedly unfabulous. The fondant potato or mille-feuille as they prefer to call it was already sliding around the plate in its own butter. The meat itself was tender and cooked well, the Béarnaise was delicious, but the cut even for a rib was very fatty, with at least of a third of its gloopy inedible weight remaining on my plate. My companion did much better with his saddle of Venison which looked very good. Still feeling rather peckish I opted for Cheese and am relieved to report that the selection was full of many very interesting choices and a delight. Two cracker options were offered in keeping with the theme.
The shared opinion (based on this one meal) was that it was not a Michelin star experience, although I will go back and try again because I really want to like it and other readers reviews have been so good. My feedback regarding the Steak was dealt with very professionally, hence my higher overall score.
Wine recommendation – Frog's leap Zinfandel Napa Valley