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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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Maybe this review is coloured by the early-March credit-crunch laden atmosphere, but the fact that at lunchtime my host and I were one of only four or so tables being used, did cast a bit of a wierd aura over the place. Having siad that, one of the amuse bouches was -as my younger brother used to put it – “orgasmic” ! It was a foie-gras icecream with a apple caramel crunch to it. I can still taste it in my mind. The service was professional and attentive, though everyone “in authority” seemed to be female (what happened to equal opportunity ?). The sommelier, interested and helpful – not automatically going for the top end of the list (what a nice change). The food was incredibly rich – that's the abiding memory – I felt unbelievably full by the time we left, even though the actual portions were very “correct”. There was a pre-desert desert too, and it was all in fact a vindication of the stellar (pun intended) reputation. Criticism ? Possibly the expense, but that would be griping. Possibly the rather middle-aged and self-reverential air of the place (I don't recall that in Angela Hartnett's time). I think food is associated with enjoyment, rather than worship, and I guess that's my one true reservation about my experience.