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|Address:||89 Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DX|
|Tel:||020 7584 9901|
|Price: £56.00||Wine: £29.50||Champagne: £70.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm) Sun 11am-10.30pm|
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First time eating here and I suspect the last as well.
We went on a sunny August evening but the room is funeral – the Adams family would feel at home. It’s like a slightly tacky nightclub in Romford, everything is black – walls, floors, ceilings, tables, staff uniforms and really dim lighting – the only thing that breaks up the single colour is the ‘cow hide’ chairs which are uniquely itchy and uncomfortable. It would be far better if someone was issued a 5 gallon tin of white Dulux emulsion and some 100 watt light bulbs and it also gets very noisy as it’s got low ceilings and some of the clientele seem to think they are in that Romford nightclub.
Service is good, polite, swift and helpful though points off for 1. Introducing you to your dinner – the only time I want to see my steak is cooked and on my plate, I don’t want to see it raw and be told its name was daisy and it enjoyed running round the pampas 2. The merciless up-selling of wine – the sommelier was very polite and really knew about her range of Malbec, but really attempted to push you into paying more.
The steaks were excellent – the fillet was just about the best I’ve eaten, but sadly the rest wasn’t that good and its really poor value; £31 for a steak is not cheap but its fair enough till you realise that chips – which incidentally are horrible, thin, cold and overcooked till they are like shrapnel – and sauce (of which you get all of 2 teaspoons) are both extra and by the time you’ve had something like spinach on the side your £31 steak has become more like £41 and let’s be honest main courses at that price are the preserve of places with at least one or more Michelin stars. Fishcakes to start were also around £10 and tiny, all be it they were delicious. After adding desserts (which are not very good), water and that expensive wine the bill came to over £260 for 3 people with service (they don’t add it on which is a novel touch for anywhere in London); it’s just not that good and value for money is bordering on the desperately bad – go to Galvin La Chappelle or Patechnicon instead, both are far better food, far better value, far nicer rooms and you won’t come out blinking into the late evening sunshine. I really can’t recommend this to anyone.