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|Address:||Ground Floor, Jumeirah Carlton Tower, 2 Cadogan Place, London SW1X 9PY|
|Tel:||020 3641 5828|
|Price: £97.00||Wine: £39.00||Champagne: £60.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 7-11am (Sun 8am- ) 12.30-2.30pm (Sun -3.30pm) 6.30-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)|
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The main claim to fame of the Rib Room is that it does British food well and it undoubtedly scores in that respect. The Classics on the menu looked a little staid to us but the Seasonal dishes seemed to offer imagination and contrasting flavours so we went for the latter. The food is extremely well done – great flavours and very well presented. Nothing too risky though – this is cooking which oozes grace and style but not off the wall genius. The atmosphere is quite relaxed – smart but not overbearing. Being a hotel restaurant, no doubt some of the diners were guests who had popped down for something to eat. I liked the split level effect in the dining room and the arm chairs were extremely comfortable. Service is very attentive – if erring towards being overly so: restaurants need to realise that allowing a guest's water glass to be empty is not a capital offence!! The lady sommelier was very helpful. The Tablet wine list was a good idea but even greater ability to search against price and country/varietal would improve it further. The one downside is the price. £58 for 3 courses is pretty steep and without any amuse-bouche or pre-dessert. It was also the first time I've seen a 15% service charge in London. But for special occasions (as ours was) the Rib Room delivers the goods.