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|Address:||Arlington House, 25 Arlington Street, London SW1A 1RJ|
|Tel:||020 3641 1873|
|Price: £58.00||Wine: £27.00||Champagne: £56.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-12M Sat-Sun 11.30am-4pm 5.30-12M (Sun -11pm)|
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I suspect we suffered from ignoring the maxim of “don't go to restaurants you usually like for lunch in the run-up to Christmas”, but I haven't been for a while so maybe it's just getting worse?
We waited 15 minutes after the appointed time for our table for six to be ready – my cynical view being that this is designed to increase bar revenue (nice Manhattan though) – and were then shown to a table that would have been generous for two and ok for four – but ridiculously cramped for six.
I had steak tartare to start, as I always do here, and it was definitely a less generous helping than usual. I had to request some toast and sauces – are they really trying to save money on bread and ketchup? This was just one of the many examples of parsimony with ingredients (my pheasant must have been on a pre-Christmas diet; the presentation was very tired and it was just about lukewarm) and sadly disappointing service. Waiting staff did their best to indicate they would rather be doing a bush-tucker trial than be waiting on our table. Not a single smile from any of them during the three hours we were there.
I've always thought this to be the best of the Caprice/Ivy/Sheekey triumvirate, and I shall go back in the New Year to see if it really is all just down to the Christmas blues…but definitely not before.