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|Address:||5-7 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DB|
|Tel:||020 3589 2099|
|Price: £60.00||Wine: £16.80||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.45pm (Sat -2.30pm Sun -3.30pm) Mon-Sat 6-10.45pm|
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As others have noted, the dining room is a rather odd shape, with too many tables either too close or in inconvenient places – perhaps they should shift the front desk to the back of the room ! Despite the low ceilings, the room doesn't have a lot of warmth or atmosphere. It didn't make us feel like inventing an excuse to hang around and order more food and drink !
The lunchtime special menu was very good value (£18 for 2 courses) but had very limited (2 choices), so we opted for a la carte. Both starters and mains were extremely good – a very tasty quail followed by exceptional duck – the best tasting and the most tender we’ve had for a long time. Both courses were very refined and presented to a very high sophisticated standard. However, portion sizes were a little too “nouveau cuisine” for my liking. You needed the bread ! By comparison, the pre-selected cheese plate course was perfectly nice, but we were a little disappointed at not being able to choose from a board in such a restaurant.
The wine list was very good with a broad range of prices, especially sub-£50. We ordered an excellent Rioja for £40.
Front of house and waiting staff were efficient and professional, especially the maitre d'.
Overall, a very good restaurant, serving high quality refined dishes, with sophisticated top notch presentation. We paid circa £90 for 2 courses for 2, inc service, ex all drinks. Very good value for the quality.