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|Address:||21 Romilly Street, London W1D 5AF|
|Tel:||020 7494 3111|
|Price: £64.00||Wine: £21.00||Champagne: £49.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Sat 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 6.30-10.30pm|
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It is rather like visiting someone's house where you have to ring the bell to enter, dine in their sitting room and come across their secret liking for camp art in the loos, all of which I found somewhat pretentious and rather odd. Service was chaotic and every waiter seemed to wait on every table without communicating with each other about what stage of the meal the guests were at. This meant that we were served our first three courses within an hour, then had to wait an hour for the fourth course and then, having waited 45 minutes after our pudding plates had been cleared away for someone to offer us tea or coffee (which they never did), I got bored and asked for the bill. Some of the food such as the lamb and the truffle risotto was very good and tasty. However, some of the food was at best luke warm, the scallops were tasteless and the mango pudding was akin to mango puree made for a baby with a coconut ice-cream bomb you could buy in the supermarket. The saving grace and real asset of this restaurant is the sommelier. We asked him to suggest a wine for each dish and not only did he came up trumps, I would go as far as to say that he rescued many of the dishes from being complete disasters. One surprising and very positive thing about the restaurant is the cost; 5 courses plus wines to match each dish and including service was about £100 per head. To be perfectly honest, Mr Gauthier has always been one of my culinary heroes, I know he has an abundance of talent but it just has not come out to shine in this restaurant yet. I really do hope that the issues I came up against are simply teething problems and Mr Gauthier shows Soho what he is really capable of very soon.