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|Address:||8 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JZ|
|Tel:||020 7935 9088|
|Price: £55.00||Wine: £16.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-3pm (Sat-Sun -3.30pm) 6.45-11pm (Fri-Sat -11.30pm Sun -10.15pm)|
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Whilst it may not be cheap, I have always found the service at Locanda Locatelli to be excellent. In fact it was the service that from day one, drew me in and encouraged me to make repeat visits. The food is excellent and LL is home to the best scallop dish I have ever had… The Capesante Al'Aspretto di Zafferano is a revelation of carefully balanced flavours. Plump scallops with celery and a saffron vinaigrette are a great way to kick off the meal. The one thing about LL is that the food is pretty simple. If its innovative, stylised cooking you are looking for then you are better off spending your money elsewhere. My Italian friends blast LL for what is essentially overpriced and very simple and rustic cookery… But where quality is concerned, there is no scrimping here. The standard of cookery is excellent, even if the skill involved isn't overly complex.
I always like to choose fish when I eat here but depending on the time of year, they do a mean pork and also veal chop, cooked to perfection, juicy and succulent. I am always happy to pay those prices for beautifully cooked and prepared food.
The only down side is that the dining room is a bit lifeless, which is why I prefer to lunch here as dinner's lack ambience.