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|Address:||56 Wardour Street, London W1D 4JD|
|Tel:||0207 437 8338|
|Price: £30.00||Wine: £14.50||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 8am-12M|
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My friend and I wanted to try Jackson and Rye so we popped in on a Friday night a couple of weeks ago. It happened to be Valentine's Day (though we were very firmly out for a non-romantic evening) so I was a little concerned that it could be absolutely packed. It wasn't. We didn't have a booking but we were seated almost immediately. Unfortunately that was when the waiting began.
I read somewhere that the service was leisurely, giving you time to relax. It wasn't. It was non existent. We had long decided on food and drinks but no waiter even came near us. We actually had to start signalling them to attract attention and that is always something I hate in restaurants. They should be aware that their customers need service without my waving my arms like a windmill. Even worse, people seated after us were served first. I have to say that I am impressed though by the way they handled the situation. We didn't complain when the waiter finally appeared. In fact we didn't mention the wait at all. However, even without that, they offered us complimentary desserts. Very well handled. Clearly, someone in the staff was paying attention. Well done. Many top restaurants wouldn't have noticed, so that really is amazing.
Unfortunately, less amazing was the food. We shared a shrimp and grits for a starter and it was tasteless. There was supposed to be chilli and spring onion and maybe there was but it gave the shrimp no flavour at all. The grits reminded me of semolina. Essentially just mixed with milk and no other flavouring. Utterly bland and clashing with the shrimp. Two flavours that didn't work on any level.
I had a burger for the main. It was fine. It didn't make much of an impression one way or another. I've had better, I've had worse. Mediocre. My friend enjoyed his steak but it wasn't the best steak he'd ever had. Again, nothing too memorable.
I ended up with the blueberry cobbler for dessert and it was an enormous slice of pie. Far too large for me after the burger and a little heavy as well. On the other hand, my friend's melting chocolate sundae was unbelievably good and filled with chocolate pieces. Also a lot lighter to eat so we swopped. I can honestly say it was the best part of the meal. This isn't a cheap restaurant and I'm not exactly sure what sets it apart from any other place in Soho so I can't imagine what would entice me back there.
I wanted to try it. Now I have. There is really very little else to say.