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|Address:||The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, London W1K 2AL|
|Tel:||020 3544 1654|
|Price: £117.00||Wine: £40.00||Champagne: £68.00|
|Opening Hours:||Tues-Fri 12N-2pm 6.30-9.30pm Sat 11am-2.30pm 6.30-9.30pm|
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From a thirst quenching aperitif at the Connaught Bar to a cocktail at the Coburg Bar (which is worth a visit in its own right), I felt that an intoxicating crescendo was being slowly built. The bill had been seamlessly transferred from bar to bar to restaurant, I had been given a full history of Hendricks Gin by an enthusiastic mixologist, sampled variations thereof and was thoroughly looking forward to the main event. It was at this point that things quickly went downhill. We were seated immediately next to an elderly gentleman dining alone who I doubt was looking for the company of two young men in a celebratory mood. The restaurant was quiet on this Thursday evening, perhaps 25% capacity and remained so for the duration. We were moved to another table and found myself on a small brocaded winged highchair which was not designed for comfort or grown men. Fortunately my companion was slighter. The moment he stepped away from the table, the amuse bouche arrived so I explained upon his return exactly what he was about to eat. It was delicious. We were then informed that as the deserts were cooked ‘a la minuit’ we had to order all three courses together. I felt like I was at a bad wedding. After a great deal of confusion we managed to order drinks. A Montrachet with the starters and a Chateau Pichon Longueville 1999 for the main course. The food arrived, our decanted White was forgotten and finally after two requests our glasses were recharged seconds before the main courses were presented at the same time the sommelier produced the bottle of 10 year old wine unopened and undecanted. Naturally that was sent back – he blamed his colleague. On the whole this was a bad experience, not for the cooking which was very good but for the sniffy, arrogant service which quite frankly and for the first time almost completely ruined what should have been a terrific meal.