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|Address:||5-7 Devonshire Road, London W4 2EU|
|Tel:||020 3641 9304|
|Price: £57.00||Wine: £19.50||Champagne: £48.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6.30-10.30pm Sun 12.30-3pm 7-9.30pm|
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When a restaurant that you enjoy enough to visit three times in six months closes its doors for a couple of months and re-opens bigger, with a virtually brand new kitchen brigade and many changes front of house too, it's understandable to have concerns about the effect all this will have on the type and quality of food on offer. No need to worry in my view- the menu and the food quality were both indicative of a seamless changeover rather than a painful revolution. If you liked it before you'll like it now. And the visual impact of the place hasn't changed much either, if you ignore the private dining area tucked round a corner and a few extra tables.
I shan't go through what we ate blow by blow, except to say that the blackberry souffle with lemon curd ice-cream was very good indeed and was not overpowered by the lemon curd, in the same way that my soft and gentle raviolo of suckling pig was complemented rather than beaten into submission by the accompanying barbecue sauce. I thought I might have a little quibble on the wine- a minor claret, but whilst initially closed it opened up nicely as the meal progressed. Everything we ate was at the very least competent and sometimes much better. The restaurant was half full, so maybe not a real test of service, though what we received was timely and pleasant. The bill for the two of us with wine and service was £100 which in our book is decent value for food of this quality
Altogether a very good meal, and we'll certainly be back