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|Address:||85 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AE|
|Tel:||020 3641 5830|
|Price: £56.00||Wine: £17.50||Champagne: £39.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7.30am-12M|
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My first trip to Lutyens was a roaring success and I will definitely be making a return visit. I work in Lincoln's Inn and the dearth of quality restaurants to within walking distance can be quite depressing. I love the Bleeding Heart but there are only so many times you can eat in same place.
The food at Lutyens is typical Conran fare; good quality and seasonal although it's a bit depressing when you look at the sample menu online and then it's the exact same on the day. If Chez Bruce can change a decent portion of its menu every day/every few days I don't know why Lutyens (which is in the same price bracket) can't. Having said that, my imam baldini (middle-Eastern style spice aubergine salad) for starter was beautifully spiced and very tasty and the rabbit with bacon and mustard for main course was delicious; soft and juicy and not overly mustardy. The vegetable side dishes were also reasonably generous and lovely and crunchy and fresh.
Service was a little slow towards the end (10 minutes to get the bill is excessive), although the petit fours cheered me up while I waited. Having said that service was polite and unobtrusive throughout.
The tables are a good distance apart, nice for business lunches where you don't want to be easily overheard. There are also two tables for groups of 8/10 which are in alcoves, practically like a private room but still with the buzz of the main restaurant.