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|Address:||20 Mount Street, London W1K 2HE|
|Tel:||020 7495 7309|
|Price: £64.00||Wine: £26.00||Champagne: £63.50|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-10.30pm (Sun -10pm)|
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Is Scott's the best restaurant in London?
Judging by most of the comments here the answer would seem to be yes. But not for me – it probably wouldn't make a top 10.
Yes some things are very good, but others you expect more than it delivers.
Service is excellent: staff are great – helpful, polite, efficient, know what they are doing and do it without any fuss. When I turned up for lunch and let them know my friend was going to be a few minutes late, as she always is, they offered me a newspaper and kept checking back to see if there was anything I needed, but didn't do so in an overbearing way. Sadly the booking experience isn't quite so good – the online option doesn't work on anything from Apple, and they aren't great at actually answering the phone, so lose one point for this.
The atmosphere is slightly strange – its really old school Mayfair with panelled wood, tiled floor, dark bar and art on the walls and it all looks horribly dated and would benefit from being brought into the new decade with a makeover, I fail to see why people rave about it. Tables are far too close together, one of my pet peeves, and whilst the noise isn't excessive it's not a place for a private conversation.
The food is not as good as I expected. We shared a starter of Parma ham and nectarines – it was fine, but hard to go wrong if you use decent quality ingredients. For the main course I had roast cod with shrimps and samphire – strangely bland and not a patch on Murano or Pollen Street Social where they really know how to cook fish – which is odd for somewhere that prides itself in being one of the best fish restaurants in London. My friend ate the steak which was a better option from the sample I had – though I didn't really rate the chips it came with. Dessert was the chocolate bombe with passion fruit – a wonderful piece of theatre, where the hot chocolate sauce is poured and the bombe eats itself to reveal the caramel and popping candy centre, but not a great dessert, though I'm not the biggest fan of chocolate desserts anyway and it was my friends choice that we shared.
Prices are high – wine comes with the Mayfair mark up where anything decent is £50 upwards. Main courses are reasonable at approx £25 though expect to pay extra for side dishes, which always seems a bit of a con. Starters are expensive as are desserts. Two main courses, water, shared starter and shared dessert, bottle of white Rully plus service came in at £175, so expect if you were both eating 3 courses that you wouldn't be getting out for under £100 a head. Incidentally do we really need the £4 cover charge? It's a bit naughty really to pull that kind of trick.
I didn't hate it and expect I will go again as it deserves a second chance, but it didn't live up to expectations – its one of those places where you go as much for the experience of having gone as for what it delivers. For the sort of prices it charges I think you've got a right to want more and would far rather go to Pollen Street, which is way cooler and with better food.