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|Address:||The Capital Hotel, 22-24 Basil Street, London SW3 1AT|
|Tel:||020 3641 5804|
|Price: £65.00||Wine: £27.00||Champagne: £55.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-2.30pm 6-10.30pm|
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Over maybe thirty years, we've been to the Capital Hotel quite a few times- never regularly or frequently, but maybe once every couple of years, enough to keep tabs on the place. In the 1980's The Capital was one of the pioneer restaurants serving interesting, innovative food and was one of the very best places to dine in London. For years it didn't seem to move on, but could always be relied upon for tasty, good quality food in the one/two star range. And then something seemed to happen which resulted in a decline. Reviews changed from good to mediocre and for a while it seemed to have dropped out of circulation. Today at lunch was our first visit for a few years.
Pleased to say that our food at lunch today was both tasty and interesting. We ate four courses between us from the good value set lunch menu (£20/2 courses or £25/3). We thought each of the four were good, and maybe a little better. For a fish restaurant, they made an excellent job of my slow-cooked ox cheek. Premises smart, maybe a few too many mirrors, but comfortable without being terribly atmospheric. Service attentive and polite without being too formal.
Overall I'd put this restaurant right in the middle of the one star band , meaning I guess that half of our last visits to starred restaurants weren't as good as this, though some (Pollen Street Social and Murano for example ) do cook a bit better to my taste anyway.
Criticisms? Well there seems to be a trend to keep customers waiting for a menu that I don't much like, and there was no dessert on either the lunch or the a la carte menu that tempted us enough to take it. Possibly just as well. Note to self- must stop ordering slow-cooked beef in restaurants and take more risk.