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|Address:||The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EU|
|Tel:||020 3551 9858|
|Price: £61.00||Wine: £25.00||Champagne: £59.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 5.30-11pm Sun 12N-4pm 6-10.30pm|
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Snagged a last minute invite to Gordon's latest venture… Operated by Stuart Gillies, I haven't eaten at the Savoy Grill since I was a child. The hotel itself has undergone a £220 million refurbishment and although the lobby is still breathtaking and very authentic in style, the River Restaurant and the American Bar have lost their classic Savoy character. I am, however, pleased to say that the Grill Room has retained much of it's original splendour with the same vintage mirrors and a very traditional ‘old-school’ vibe.
We had a late meal and were on a large table, so I was worried that service may be patchy but it was impeccable. There is only one starter I could have chosen on my first visit back and that was the Omelette Arnold Bennett that was created onsite at the Savoy especially for the novelist, made with eggs, cream and smoked haddock… and there wasn't an ounce of disappointment. The omelette was delicate and creamy with the wonderful salty smoked haddock. What a wonderful dish!
For main course I chose the Veal, that was beautifully cooked and seasoned and I couldn't fault it at all. Sadly I didn't have enough time (or room) to eat dessert but had I been able, the passion fruit souffle with chocolate sorbet was winking at me and pleading with me to choose it. Never mind… I guess I have a legitimate reason to come back now! Overall very impressed and didn't expect the experience to be quite so good!