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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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When a friend booked a table at Le Caprice for a post-concert dinner last Saturday, I had my misgivings. I had experienced too many business lunches there, unremarkable food, the noise culminating with a very bad meal a couple of years ago. However I was to be pleasantly surprised. Our table was ready on time but we decided to have a drink at the bar. My Negroni was mixed perfectly and my companion’s Whisky Sour also enjoyed a good report. The front of the house is a lot more relaxed than in the past and service is swift and to the point. The starters drew positive reviews from the table. The endive and fennel salad with sweet mustard dressing had the right balance of bitterness and sweetness. I had the rump of veal with sweet corn and girolles and it was cooked perfectly and the meat retained the right degree of milkiness. The calve’s liver also scored well and so did the suckling pig. The portions are good size and they are sufficient without adding any sides. I cannot resist a pavlova and I was assured by the waiter that it is the strongest pudding on the list. It was quiet good, with the merengue chewy inside but the blueberries were scarce… so nothing to write home about. We had a good bottle of Crozet-Hermitage 2009 Domaine Les Chenets that helped making the gathering even more convivial. Overall we had a good experience but I still think the prices are a bit too steep for a post-performance dinner, that the room still lacks atmosphere but the service and the food have improved enormously. Will I go back? Maybe. Will I reccomend it? Maybe