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|Address:||239 Brompton Road, London SW3 2EP|
|Tel:||020 3641 5831|
|Price: £51.00||Wine: £22.00||Champagne: £49.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3.00pm 6-10.30pm Sat-Sun 12N-10.30pm|
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… and it all started so well. Racine has been a fixture on Old Brompton Road for the best part of a decade. At first it was fine dining but when that wore off the owners jumped on the Parisian Bistro Bandwagon and at first it seemed to work. However, a recent repeat visit was hands down one of the worst London dining experiences of the past years. It was nothing short of carnage. At one point I almost started looking for the hidden camera. The staff are extremely unfriendly – like in a comedy sketch looking to (normally unfairly!) poke fun at French waiters. The food was terrible. The setting itself has aged very poorly and given the more than hefty prices could do with a lick of paint, especially on the grimy ceiling. The fish soup (soupe de poisson) had a completely wrong, watery consistency and a taste which could only be described as that of shellfish gone off. I pointed this out to the chap trying to pass as a waiter to cue an educational lecture that it was supposed to be like this and that I should see reason and rather shut up. Period. Trying to hold on to my last scraps of good mood, I consoled myself with that the other starter was forgettable but not a complete disaster, although very, very far from competitors such as Chabrot down the road. The duck main did little to re-establish trust and achieved merely mediocrity. All this was rounded off by lousy and uninspired dessert, a hefty bill and completely insincere apologies by the (stand-in?) manager. I really thought this type of behavior had died out among London restaurant. But I'm sure in the back of their minds Racine are ready for the next stampede of tourists over the Easter break. How useful that Square Meal has introduced “half-stars.” Quelle horreur.