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|Address:||16 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AJ|
|Tel:||020 3589 2652|
|Price: £56.00||Wine: £18.00||Champagne: £54.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-10.30pm (Fri-Sat -11pm)|
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Judging by recent reviews, it seems my two recent visits to Qauglino's in the last two months were very fortunate indeed. Or perhaps I'm looking through a different, untainted set of lenses. For me, I'm less concerned with what Quaglino's was, and more about what is currently offers its diners i.e. me.
On both my visits, I found service to be swift and attentive, food to be of a generally good standard (given we were dining on the piper heidsieck champagne set menu) and the atmosphere to be electric, contemporary and aesthetically pleasing. One of the biggest surprises I was pleased to come across, was value for money. A set menu at Quaglino's thankfully doesn't mean half the portions and second rate service. Secondly it offers variety, with something for everyone, including vegetarian options. And finally, the venue does have a certain wow factor that engages with its diners, from the colourful and exotic cocktails in the bar, the sweeping staircase, the vast dining room with its fluming vase displays and of course, the seafood display.
For me, Quaglino's as a middle range London dining destination scores on all fronts. Admittedly it is more posh pub grub than silver service British dining, and I think herein lies the discord. If its struggling to win the diners over, it is because some are still stuck with perceptions of what it should be based on its glamourous past. Move past that and you will see an altogether different dining experience in front of you.