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|Address:||Butlers Wharf, 36d Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE|
|Tel:||020 3589 2085|
|Price: £65.00||Wine: £24.00||Champagne: £59.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3.45pm (Sun -4pm) 6-11pm (Sun -10pm)|
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I am reminded of the phrase ‘All fur and no knickers’. On the surface this is deigned to be excellent French fine dining but one doesn't have to dig too deeply to find the problems.
The starters were all very good and my choice of the smoked salmon was excellent. I am also told that that the crab was also very good. I am never happy with restaurants who claim to offer a set meal for a certain price and then start adding all sorts of prices based on the choices. One of our group had the scallops, which incurred an extra charge. I am told they were not worth it.
Main courses were a bit of a disaster. One of our group had a dish that was flambed. It was served a good 5 minutes before the remaining 3 dishes were served and the pasta content had become cold. The waiters solution to this was to want to remove all 4 dishes, This would have caused all sorts of embarrassment to the affected diner and the rest of the party so we soldiered on. I enjoyed my fillet of beef, but it was also subject to a surcharge.
For desert I chose the Rice Pudding. It was the strangest one I have ever eaten. Almost no rice, it was like a custard and incredibly sweet.
The restaurant presents itself as being very pretentious but sadly reality does not match it.
Not an experience to be repeated.