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|Address:||London Marriott County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Southbank, London SE1 7PB|
|Tel:||020 3544 2391|
|Price: £73.00||Wine: £28.00||Champagne: £58.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 6.30am-10.30pm (Sat-Sun 7am- )|
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All a bit underwhelming to be honest. We went here on a Telegraph offer – 3 courses plus a cocktail, £69 for two. Despite making all the usual pre-notifications during the booking, there was a distinct reluctance to accept the voucher on arrival, something that I've never experienced at the likes of Petrus, l'Escargot and even the Savoy. They then carved out all the bone-in steaks on the menu (the voucher only mentioned 3 of the 5) and didn't even suggest they could be ordered for a supplement. They then did not bother to bring over the cocktail menu so we missed out on that too…
As mentioned by a previous reviewer, there is so much competition in the steakhouse genre in Central London, that this would have to be amazing to even get on the same page. Unfortunately, it does not. The substitution of individual Yorkshire puddings in place of a bread basket was interesting but not sure they needed to be stuffed with cheese at the beginning of the meal. The starters were granted very good but portion control was somewhat haphazard. The crabcakes were bursting with flavour and there was enough to (begrudgingly) share a forkfull; the scallops were tiny in size and limited to just three – himself thought they may have been cut from the same mollusc but even then it would have been a very small one at that. The steaks (ribeye and fillet) were ok but nothing out of the ordinary. Sides of triple cooked chips, bubble and squeak and spinach were again ok, but suffered from portion control. Too much bubble not enough…chips! Whilst waiting staff seemed to be in sufficient numbers, they certainly lacked on the attentive-ometer. I lost count of the times we had to ask for wine and water top ups – this is fast becoming my biggest gripe in restaurants. If you cannot be bothered to refill empty glasses, at least leave the wine and water within easy reach of the diner! On the upside, it did save us the expenditure of another bottle…
The bar is lovely and if I had cause to be in this neck of the woods on a more frequent basis, I'd certainly be making it a regular haunt. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same for the restaurant and the likes of Gaucho, Goodman and Hawksmoor have little to be concerned about.