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|Address:||50a Berkeley Street, London W1J 8HA|
|Tel:||020 7399 4330|
|Price: £94.00||Wine: £55.00||Champagne: £80.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-12M (2am)|
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It was only my third visit to Novikov since its inception as one of the destination venues on Berkeley Street, the previous visits being to each of its separate Italian and Asian areas. And although those first two visits had been inopportune for different and individual reasons, the Italian being bland and the Asian being overly flavoured rather than authentic, they were a while ago and sufficiently in the distant past that they did not prevent me from booking for lunch again.
I was glad therefore to find on this occasion that the dim sum and various other dishes including bok choi and tom yum soup were quite tasty and rather authentic, so much so it made me pause to think back as to why I should have had any lesser impression previously. The restaurant was also less crowded this time and the warmth of the fairly modern decor seemed well balanced, whilst the waiters were helpful, un-intrusive and unhurried.
Being almost directly opposite our current office, I will certainly venture another visit to give the Italian part another chance, and hopefully to find that I will need to pause once more and address my previous and erroneous impression of that part of Novikov too.