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|Address:||48 Greek Street, London W1D 4EF|
|Tel:||020 3641 8319|
|Price: £46.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £44.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm Mon-Sat 5.30-11.30pm|
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Booked L'Escargot on line via the Square Meal website. Although the electronic booking form suggested that special offers were available, none were shown during the reservation process, indeed a flag came up saying no offers were available. On arriving at the restaurant, however, the lady Maitre D insisted that I had booked the London Restaurant Fortnight menu when in fact I had not booked any particular menu. Closer inspection of the alternatives showed that there was a good pre-theatre menu very reasonably priced at £16.95 but there was the almost identical menu but for one dish in one course advertised as the London Restaurant Fortnight menu. This was priced at £25. There was nothing to indicate why this should be roughly £8.00 per head more expensive and rather felt like sharp practice.
The food was nevertheless very acceptable and quickly served, which was much appreciated as time was very limited – I have lost count of the times I have been attending the theatre or cinema when the pre-performance meal had to be bolted or partly abandoned because it was so slow in arriving. So full marks for that.
The wine was respectable rather than memorable, but as is sadly the case with virtually every London restaurant, very overpriced.
The service was, however, excellent and for that alone the staff are to be congratulated.