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|Address:||29 Maddox Street, London W1S 2PA|
|Tel:||020 3544 0784|
|Price: £86.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £80.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.15pm Tues-Sat 6.30-11pm (Fri-Sat 6pm- )|
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I did one of those things you do when you have time in London – booked lunch for one in January on a week day, and loved it.
I thought the restaurant was lovely, and Claude Bosi popped in during service to check that all the guests were happy – nice touch. Service was friendly and excellent, although I suppose it had to be (I think I was the first guest to arrive for lunch!).
To start – pork scratchings cooked with vinegar – great accompaniment to my glass of prosecco. Amuse bouche was some sort of carrot and apple soda I seem to recall. It was lovely, and had me really looking forward to lunch.
Starter was a Berkswell cheese royale with a buckwheat veloute (at least I think that was what the veloute was of) – having not eaten a royale before I didn't really know what to expect. It was a surprise, and a very pleasant one – the royale was very creamy and smoooth. I'm not sure it appealed to everyone however – I noticed a lady on the table next to mine who really didn't seem to think much of hers at all. I think the concept however must be very Claude Bosi? – I've noticed his latest lunch menu includes a crozier blue cheese royale.
Main was pheasant – all I can see is it that it was beautiful, a total delight. I think it was cooked 3 different ways.
Dessert was a lemon givre – had to ask what a givre was, but there you go. Very nice lemon curd topped with a lemon sorbet in a hollowed out lemon. Probably not a ‘wow’ dessert by itself, but it was made special by the accompanying madeleines, served warm.
I thought the bill of £40 was pretty good value – 3 courses plus a glass of presecco. A wonderful way to start your afternoon. I'm looking forward to trying out dinner one day soon…(with friends this time).