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|Address:||68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HP|
|Tel:||020 3589 1683|
|Price: £127.00||Wine: £28.00||Champagne: £56.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-2.30pm 6.30-11pm|
4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
Having incredibly fond memories of Hospital Road back in the days when Gordon Ramsay was at the Stoves I was very excited about returning, particularly as some of the best meals I have enjoyed in London have been (in name) at his restaurants. The Connaught, Maze and Petrus (under Marcus Waering) were all fantastic, having patiently waited for exactly 8 weeks my table was ready.
Initial impressions were good, the small dining room is cosy and quite intimate, lunchtime was a corporate crowd as expected and the atmosphere was good. Glancing through the menus there is a 3 course lunch menu available although with a limited (3) dishes available per course and the difficulty to secure a table we elected for the Menu Prestige – a walk through some of the signature dishes which were duly served and service was good although I found the staff a little cold and unengaging.
So a couple of amuse bouches later came the Ravioli of lobster, followed by Turbot, followed by Roast Duck , the dishes kept being churned out of the kitchen and I noticed that most tables were enjoying the same food. And it was enjoyable. It was very good indeed. Time for desert and the Cheese course ( £8 extra – is that really neccesary?) arrived and it was fine and then the truffles came out with silver dusting and when the dry ice arrived I realised what the problem was. This place had run out of ideas. The sideshow of the dry ice icecream was such a blatant theft from The Fat Duck and it was slightly cringeworthy.
There is no doubt that Gordon Ramsay Hospital Road will continue to delight it's customers but it will need to be innovative and stop relying on brand Ramsay. Whilst I didn't leave dissapointed I didn't feel this restaurant offered sufficient value and in no way was the experience 300% better than say, The Capital.