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|Address:||131 Upper Street, London N1 1QP|
|Tel:||020 7359 7501|
|Price: £43.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £50.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-12M (Fri -1am) Sat 11am-1am Sun 11am-11pm|
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I liked it. We scored a reservation on a Saturday night and with hindsight, maybe it wasn't that smart. My dinner partner and I were rather excited by the 12courses meal and the hype kept on going on that brick to lick chicken paté dish. I couldn't wait to try it.
Well, wait was definitely part of the evening.
It took us close to three hours to complete the meal (only because we rushed them towards the end), which was kind of expected. As far as I could see, all the dinners were on the same menu (I don't think they had a choice) and it was interesting to see on their tables what was coming next.
The atmosphere isn't stuffy at all and the waiters/waitresses are helpful and knowledgeable (happy to serve us more of a dish we particularly enjoyed). Out of 12 courses and nibbles, I absolutely loved one (hen of the wood, I am pointing at you), strongly disliked one and was interested by the others. It's fun, it's about the game of tasting, textures and guessing and discussing but I admit it wasn't all music to my tastebuds. If you don't have a sweet tooth beware that 3/4 of the dishes are slightly sweet, if you don't like waiting (and in our cases, it was a bit of a waiting game in between the dishes), maybe don't go on a Saturday night, if you're after haute cuisine and hit at every mouthful, pass your way.
As a matter of fact, the lick a brick chicken thing was fun but not that good, the paté tasted average and the caramel was… well caramel but John Salt gets point for presentation.