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|Address:||113 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6HJ|
|Tel:||020 3544 0688|
|Price: £59.00||Wine: £23.00||Champagne: £65.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-11pm|
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If you are like me and are constantly looking for (and never giving up the hope of one day finding) a truely ‘continental European style’ Brasserie in London, then Rowleys does tick – on the surface – a few boxes. The main dining room has something resembling ‘soul’ and thankfully the rather upleasant management team haven't ruined it. So there is a whiff of an old parisian brasserie, but of Course this being St. James rather than Piccadilly there are very strong british accents. There is the tourist-trap pricing policy which is absolutely shameful and the much peddled ‘house special sauce’ which is herb and Roquefort butter… the, err… ‘secret’ is how to make it taste like something they found in the bottom drawer of a 100+ year old kitchen.
All round it is a huge pity, because this part of town would need a place like Rowleys with its pretty dining room and great location, just with better food, more reasonable prices, a friendlier mangement team and… did I mention better food? What a pity…