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|Address:||The Langham, 1c Portland Place, London W1B 1JA|
|Tel:||020 3589 4510|
|Price: £54.00||Wine: £30.00||Champagne: £76.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 7-10.30am (Sat-Sun -12) 12.30-2.30pm Mon-Sat 5.30-10.30pm|
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My husband booked this for my birthday – at first I was excited – after all this was Michel Roux! However, despite a pleasing first impression, the evening slowly descended into disappointment. Firstly, we wanted to order wine so that we could have a drink before dinner. However, it took so long for a waiter to come and take the order (despite about a hundred of them scurrying around a largely empty room) that we just decided to order food – when we came to ordering wine, the waiter told us he would send the sommelier around! We had already decided what we wanted!
The sommellier took 10 minutes to arrive, by which point I was dying for a drink. We ordered the wines that we were initially going to order with the waiter, then approximately 2 minutes later our starters appeared. Still no sign of the wine. I had to ask for it and it was swiftly poured. My husband had the cauluflower soup – nice flavour but very very salty. I had the scallops which were well cooked but were unpleasantly gritty and crunchy. I don't know what caused that but it was a let down.
I asked for more bread – which I received and it was nice bread. However the service again let things down – nobody noticed that the butter dish needed to be replaced, nor that the water glass needed a top up.
For the second course I had lamb and my husband beef. Again, despite the fact that our wine glasses were standing empty for some time after the first course had been cleared away, nobody came to enquire whether we wanted a top up or another wine, which we did. Attempts to flag down a passing waiter were either ignored or we were told that the sommelier would be with us shortly – of course he did not materialise until the main course was served. It wasn't until we were into our main course before our wines were poured.
The lamb – there was nothing wrong with it but nothing right with it either. It was very tended but didn't taste of much. Accompaniments were fine, nothing special. The fillet beef had the taste and texture of corned beef. It was just bizarre.
After all of that, we ended up deciding against dessert – neither of us wanted to risk it. The above came to some £130, which is just appalling value for money. I'm really shocked by the poor standard of service and ho-hum quality of the food. We didn't complain because we didn't want the evening to end with a complaint, but I would certainly never return.