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|Address:||25 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JS|
|Tel:||020 7240 2078|
|Price: £36.00||Wine: £17.00||Champagne: £66.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11.30pm (Sun -10.30pm)|
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We forewarned the restaurant that one of our party was in electric wheelchair; they said there was one step but otherwise no problem. But the front door doesn't open fully and there is no ramp.
We eventually got in and for a party of 5 we ordered 2 dishes to share at the table, 5 mains and 2 side orders: of these, 4 dishes didn't arrive (including my main) until everyone else had finished their main course. We reminded the waitress 3 times and when she eventually delivered my main course, she told us that “of course, the dishes have to be staggered”. Well, I was staggered! Up until this point, I had been very patient, but this is not a tapas bar, nor Wagamama where there is a disclaimer about food not arriving at the same time. I told her this was nonsense and she took such umbrage that not only could she no longer serve our table, she couldn't look us in the eye and she whispered about us to the other staff. This is where you expect a manager to step in, unfortunately not.
The trouble with this is that it leaves a bad taste, even when some of the food is tasty. The chopped chicken liver with schmaltzed radish was fantastic, as was the egg and chips, and liver with mash. The pastrami, however, was tasteless and my salt beef, when it did eventually arrive, was cold. Better to go to Selfridges for these two. The cocktails were very good: Bloody Mary's served to 3 different strengths, a London Cup for sharing (but drinking out of odd jam jars, really, not even in Hoxton!).
Finally, a plea to restaurant mangers everywhere , please tell waiters not to recommend something because “it's my favourite”; particularly when it happens to be the most expensive bottle on the wine list, or is made even more inane when it turns out she has a completely different favourite at the neighbouring table.
We will not go back, even if the restaurant decides to comply with the Disability and Equality Act 2010.