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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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All a bit underwhelming to be honest. Five of us (including one veggie) arrived with relatively high hopes only to have them somewhat dashed by lacklustre service and food ranging from sublime to sub-optimal. Evening did not start very well when we were only asked for our choice of water (again another restaurant that only asks, “still or sparkling” with the brave punter obliged to proffer “tap”) and no-one appeared to want to take orders for aperitifs (handily probably saving us around £50 or so in the process!) This did however mean that we ate our amuse-bouche and pre-starter (both in the sublime territory) with nothing bar Thames Water's finest.
Starters were a mixed bag – I particuarly loved my beetroot baked in salt and balsamic but from my companions, no real noteworthy comments and between us we covered a good few of the dishes on offer. Mains were somewhat better received although those choosing the turbot and sika deer complained of the relative small portions. I on the other hand had a plate that looked like the kitchen sink had been thrown out with the hogget…
Desserts were delicious and very pretty to look at, but given the lack of atmosphere and indifference of the waiting staff, we were not unduly saddened when the time came to leave. “Did you say it has a Michelin star” himself asked on the way home in a somewhat disbelieving tone and I have to admit to sharing his disbelief…