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|Address:||46 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7AY|
|Tel:||020 7726 0308|
|Price: £44.00||Wine: £15.50||Champagne: £39.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 11am-3pm 6-11pm|
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I'm not sure Peony Club is long for this world. Despite the rest of The City busily bustling around at lunchtime, there were only 2 tables occupied in here and you can see why it's so empty: this basement bunker has no natural light and the black and red decor does nothing to lighten the mood. Way too funereal for lunch. Except a funeral probably wouldn't be playing weird karaoke hits in the background. Local office workers are surely mourning the loss of the old restaurant with its light, bright upstairs eating, which was the perfect place to catch up and gorge yourself on a plethora of reasonably priced plates mid-day. The food in the new incarnation is actually not bad at all. We had between 2 of us: delicious duck spring rolls to start with (hunks of actual duck in evidence) and lightly spiced and battered calamari, followed by beef in a purportedly Asian satay style sauce (but I can't remember any peanut flavours now I think about it) and chunky prawns (a little too big in my mind, like some genetically engineered mutants, but still tasty enough) with steamed rice. It's just I struggled to find anything which really appealed to me from the menu as it was so heavy on really swanky, big-hitting, trying to impress you dishes. Service is also a bit odd (is “Relax and Enjoy” the new “Bon Appetit”?) although i feel mean knocking them as they did try. We got away with £30 a head; it could have been cheaper if we'd opted for a set menu but it looked like such a desperate side-liner it seemed safest to stick a la carte. Maybe Peony manages to pull in the evening crowd or that weird breed of person who likes to join a “members club” which isn't in any way in fact exclusive (who are you people?) but I just don't think it has the atmosphere to do that. Good luck to them and here's hoping the chef will rise from the ashes to ply his trade in another venue, but I won't be back for lunch or dinner here.