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|Address:||8 Porchester Gardens, London W2 4DB|
|Tel:||020 3641 5812|
|Price: £50.00||Wine: £22.50||Champagne: £45.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3.30pm 6.30-10.30pm (Fri-Sat -11pm Sun -10pm)|
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Le Café Anglais is restaurant full of opposites. It a very elegant space with touches of 1930s Art Déco a very good view and a wonderfully airy atmosphere. Also the entrance from Porchester Gardens is very elegant (there is one from Whiteleys shopping centre too, best avoided.) That's one: effortless style in not the most stylish corner of W2. Furhter there is the name in French and the menu of heavily british influenced “modern European” fare, which however is very high quality and efficinetly served. While the restaurant might well work for a date – it looks a lot like the kind of restaurant people in Hollywood movies go for a date – it has two obvious (again opposite) reasons to be: it is a kind of canteen for the wealthy locals of W2. A few steps away from Bayswater you are deep in Notting Hill territiory and this type of customer seems attracted by the quality and especially the dependability. The other is probably just as lucrative but very imporant: Business dining. It is hard to think of a better price/value/wow-factor restaurant for business dining. A great effort and with an element of the “effortless” attitude done so well on the continent. Thumbs up.